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Golf Australia Express : Issue 12
IITWAS a case of ‘only just’. While Great Britain and Ireland continued its 11-year domination at the Vivendi Seve Trophy, the end result was closer than it would have wanted. With 151⁄2-121⁄2 overall score, Great Britain and Ireland won the biennial teams event for a sixth consecutive time, but not before the Continental European team took their more fancied rival to the wire. Outplayed on the first three days and trailing 111⁄2- 61⁄2 going into Sunday’s 10 singles matches, Jean Van de Velde’s Continental side staged a remarkable fightback, winning the first five contests. The captain loaded his top order with form players, and it paid off. Recent back-to- back European Tour winner Thomas Bjorn beat world No. 2 Lee Westwood. Anders Hansen then won a gritty battle against Simon Dyson. Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren and Miguel Angel Jimenez all had comfortable wins over Jamie Donaldson, Robert Rock and British Open champ Darren Clarke respectively. An upset appeared on the cards as a wave of blue swept the leaderboard. With the match level at 111⁄2 points halfway through the final day, it came down to the lower order to decide the trophy. Great Britain and Ireland’s captain, PaulMcGinley’s strategy for the final day lineup proved the difference. “Lucky I had the team well balanced out, and had not just experience but guys in form balanced throughout the team, so they came through in the end,” McGinley said. With five matches left to decide, all of which went to the final hole, both teams needed three points for victory. David Horsey and Nicolas Colsaerts halved their match and it took Great Britain and Ireland’s rookie Scott Jamieson’s one-hole victory over Pablo Larrazabal to break the deadlock. Great Britain and Ireland’s Ian Poulter trailed 18-year- old Matteo Manassero for most of the round but with three birdies in the final five holes, the Ryder Cup star and former WGC-Accenture Match Play champion took the match and brought his team within half a point of victory. Moments later veteran Mark Foster hung on for a win on the last hole to secure the trophy and the final contest was halved between Ross Fisher and Peter Hanson. “Everyone’s played with various partners. The big guns, Poults and Westy and Clarke, they have been fantastic. Paul McGinley has been just a tremendous captain, very inspiring, just absolutely brilliant,” a jubilant Ross Fisher said after the round. OTG WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR WRAP THE TIGHT ONE IN SEVE’S HONOUR Great Britain & Ireland 151⁄2 Defeat Continental Europe 121⁄2