Continental Europe stays on top at Seve Trophy

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Updated: October 4, 2013

Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) – Continental Europe won a pair of fourball
matches Friday at the Seve Trophy to take a 5 1/2 – 4 1/2 lead over Great
Britain & Ireland into Saturday’s foursomes.

The standouts for Continental Europe have been Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo
Fdez-Castano, who equaled the largest winning margin in the event’s history
with a 6 & 5 rout of Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher on Friday. During
Thursday’s fourballs, Colsaerts and Fdez-Castano, a late replacement for the
ailing Peter Hanson, cruised to a 5 & 3 win, helping Continental Europe to a 3
1/2 to 1 1/2 advantage.

GB&I, which has captured the Seve Trophy six straight times, fought back on
Friday with three early victories at Saint-Nom-la-Breteche Golf Club.

Paul Casey and Simon Khan provided early momentum with a 3 & 2 win over
Continental Europe’s Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjorn Olesen, while David Lynn and
Scott Jamieson followed with a 1-up triumph over the Italian duo of Francesco
Molinari and Matteo Manassero. Jamie Donaldson then posted four birdies and an
eagle in GB&I’s third win of the day, as he and teammate Marc Warren ousted
Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez, 4 & 2.

Aside from Colsaerts and Fdez-Castano, the only other duo to notch a win for
Continental Europe was Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy, who outlasted Tommy
Fleetwood and Chris Wood, 1-up. Luiten and Bourdy nearly squandered a 3-up
lead with four holes to play, but they held on for the win when both Fleetwood
and Wood missed birdie putts inside 12 feet at the last.

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