Date: October 06, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Great Britain and Ireland draw level in Seve Trophy

Great Britain and Ireland will head into the final day of the Seve Trophy level against Continental Europe to set up a thrilling finish. Saturday&aposs action at the Saint-Nom-la-Breteche course in northern France saw the visitors emerge victorious in four of the eight foursomes and square proceedings at 9-9 ahead of the singles as Great Britain and Ireland look for their seventh consecutive win in the biennial tournament. Day three got off to a fine start for the holders too, as Scottish pair Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie battled Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, who beat them by the event s biggest-ever margin on Friday. And while that fourballs contest ended 6 and 5 to the Continental European duo, it was a completely different story on Saturday as the first match was halved. Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy beat James Donaldson and Marc Warren 2 and 1 and Miguel Angel Jimenez and Matteo Manassero also managed to win their contest with Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood, with a late fightback from the visitors just falling short as the European team won by one hole. Great Britain and Ireland pair Chris Wood and Scott Jamieson had an up-and-down day, beating Thorbjorn Olesen and Francesco Molinari by 2 and 1 before losing by two holes to Luiten and Bourdy. However, after Donaldson and Warren dispatched Thomas Bjorn and Mikko Ilonen by 2 and 1, Paul Casey and David Lynn were compelled to do the same as they overcame Jimenez and Manassero by one hole. The promising day for Great Britain and Ireland has left Continental Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal with quite a task ahead of him going into singles, and he is eager for his side to fight as hard as they can. “We lost the session and we played three days of golf, and looks like we start from scratch (on Sunday),” he said. “What I have kept on saying all week long, is that we have to play the best we can. We have a very strong team facing us, and that we have to play good (on Sunday). “Obviously I want to win it badly, it&aposs as simple as that. I don&apost like that record at all and hopefully this group of 10 people will be able to achieve that.”