SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France – Continental Europe picked up 3 1/2 out of five points in Friday’s fourball matches to reduce Great Britain and Ireland’s lead to one point in the Vivendi Seve Trophy.
Great Britain and Ireland led 4-1 after Thursday’s fourballs, but Continental Europe won three matches and halved one on Friday to cut the margin to 5 1/2 to 4 1/2 heading into the weekend.
Play continues with four greensomes and four foursomes on Saturday and 10 singles matches on Sunday.
Great Britain and Ireland has won the trophy five straight times after Continental Europe captured the Inaugural Event in 2000.
On Friday, Noren made a strong impression in his debut. He secured victory on the 15th hole by hitting an outstanding 2-iron approach shot, followed by an eagle putt.
Westwood was the key for Britain and Ireland’s win. The second-ranked Englishman made three birdies and an eagle.
Dyson and Donaldson had an opportunity to win their match on the last hole. Jacquelin and Bjorn both sent their tee shots into the rough and were forced to hit their second shots through the trees while Dyson and Donaldson managed to keep their balls on the fairway. But Donaldson then missed a birdie putt from two meters.
>“We started well today but couldn’t capitalize,” Donaldson said. “We had chances but the putts didn’t drop. What can you do? It wasn’t quite meant to be.”