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Golf Australia Express : Issue 11
THEVIVENDI Seve Trophy w as founded in 2000, instigated by the late Seve Ballesteros as a team competition played in non-Ryder Cup years. It’s a biennial event between two teams—Great Britain and Ireland, and Continental Europ. The event is an “approved special event” on the European Tour but prizemoney does not count towards the Race to Dubai. Continental Europe won the first clash at Sunningdale in England, and Great Britain and Ireland have won the subsequent five. The strength of the event is evidenced by six players playing from the European Ryder Cup team that beat the USA in October—Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Francesco Molinari and Peter Hanson. STHEEVENT is a match play competition between two teams of 10 players representing (a) Europe and (b) Great Britain and Ireland. On the first two days there’s a series of five Fourball matches. On the third day there’s a series of four Fourball and four Foursome matches. (Hopefully without too many shouts of “fore”.) On the final day there’s a series of 10 singles matches with the first team to secure 14 1⁄2 points the winner. OTG PEEK THE September 15-18, 2011 St. Nom La Breteche, Paris, FRANCE Purse: €1,150,000 Defending Champ: Great Britain & Ireland VIVENDI SEVE TROPHY What’s happening on the European Tour this week Great Britain & Ireland 16 1⁄2 Def Continental Europe 11 1⁄2 Great Britain & Ireland 5 Continental Europe 1 LAST TIME OVERALL WINS THE EVENT FORMAT “Obviously with Seve’s sad passing earlier this year, there will be added poignancy, particularly with José Maria [Olazabal] being involved.” —Paul McGinley, Great Britain & Ireland captain