Date: October 05, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Great Britain and Ireland cut the gap

Great Britain and Ireland reduced Continental Europe&aposs Seve Trophy lead to just one point thanks to David Lynn and Scott Jamieson. The British pair won the last two holes to steal the point away from Italian twosome Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero in Friday&aposs play at Saint-Nom-la-Breteche. A birdie from 29-year-old Jamieson on the 18th earned his team the crucial victory in Paris, with the Scot showing no nerves as he sunk his six-foot putt. Jamie Donaldson and Marc Warren were even more impressive in securing their point, recording a 4 and 2 triumph over Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez after back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th put them in control. But while Paul Casey and Simon Khan also won their match against Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjorn Olesen, with a final score of 3 and 2, to put the defending champions ahead, Continental Europe came roaring back in the final two matches. Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano equalled the tournament s biggest winning margin with their 6 and 5 victory to swing momentum back in Europe&aposs favour in the final fourballs clash. The pair dominated their experienced competitors, Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher, racing into a four-hole lead through the first six. Spaniard Fernandez-Castano was delighted by the performance in difficult conditions. “It was very breezy at times and I think we managed to make a lot of birdies, which is of course the key in fourballs,” he said. “I would love to play with Nicolas again. I think we have good fun at the course, and that is what team golf is about. “You need to enjoy yourself and enjoy the company of whoever you&aposre playing, and that&aposs exactly what we&aposre doing.” Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy also emerged victorious from their encounter with Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood despite seeing their three-hole lead cut down to one going down the last. But both pairs carded pars on the 18th to ensure that Europe bagged the point.