“Sometimes the determination helps and I think it did this time.” The teams were tied 9-9 at the end of play Saturday and were still level 12-12 after the first six singles matches on Sunday. Simon Khan of England couldn’t play because of a back injury, meaning his match against Thomas Bjorn was halved, while Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano rallied from two down after eight holes to split the point with Jamie Donaldson . Nicolas Colsaerts birdied Nos. 15 and 17 to protect his slim lead and edge Paul Casey by a hole. Joost Luiten had won four matches in the competition, but lost 3 and 2 to Tommy Fleetwood , who went three up on the front nine. Gregory Bourdy of France became the first player to win five points in a single Seve Trophy, making six birdies to rout Scott Jamieson 4 and 3. After Marc Warren thrashed Thorbjorn Olesen 4 and 3, Matteo Manassero defeated Stephen Gallacher 3 and 2 to give Continental Europe a 13-12 lead before Miguel Angel Jimenez pushed Britain and Ireland to the brink by dominating David Lynn 6 and 4. Paul Lawrie beat Mikko Ilonen 2 and 1 to keep alive his team’s hopes of a tie that would have forced a greensomes sudden death playoff. “They were very strong. We gave it everything, but came out just short,” Britain and Ireland captain Sam Torrance said. Molinari went three up after 10 holes and birdied No. 16 from 12 feet to decide his match against Wood. “It was funny yesterday when Olazabal was reading the list,” Molinari said.
Continental Europe end 13 year wait for victory
They were very strong, he said. We gave it everything, but came out just short. Simon Khans back injury meant his match was halved, Thomas Bjorn sitting out for the Europeans, leaving either side in need of five points for victory. Great Britain & Ireland led when Tommy Fleetwood upset the form book to claim his first point of the week with a 3 and 2 victory over Joost Luiten, ending the Dutchmans 100 per cent record in the process. Jamie Donaldson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano shared a scrappy opening contest, before Nicolas Colsaerts held his nerve from five feet on the final green to see off Paul Casey following an epic duel. Gregory Bourdy delighted the home fans as he became the first player in the tournaments history to win five points out of five, some sumptuous iron play helping him overcome Scott Jamieson 4 and 3. Marc Warren won by the same margin against Thorbjrn Olesen to square the contest again at 12-12, but by then Continental Europe had full control of three of the last four ties. Miguel Angel Jimenez had four birdies in his first six holes as he beat an out-of-sorts David Lynn 6 and 4 the Englishmans flu symptoms presumably not helped by twice hitting his ball in the water. Matteo Manassero delivered a short-game master class to see off Stephen Gallacher 3 and 2 to take Europe to the 14-point mark, and despite Mikko Ilonen being behind to Paul Lawrie at that stage, Molinari looked on course to provide the winning point as he took a two up lead down the closing stretch. Lawrie duly held on to win 2 and 1, leaving Molinari needing just a half as he reprised the anchor role that saw him beat Tiger Woods to clinch Europes Ryder Cup victory last year. He went one better than that a 12 foot birdie putt at the 16th overcoming the battling Wood. It feels great, for us, for Chema, for all the times that we have lost in the past, said the Italian.