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Continental Europe holds slim lead in Seve Trophy

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SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France – Britain and Ireland trimmed Continental Europe's lead to one point in the Seve Trophy after the second day of fourballs on Friday.

Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano equaled the biggest winning margin in the tournament's history with a 6 and 5 win over Britain and Ireland's Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher to help Europe lead 5 1/2-4 1/2.

But Paul Kasey and Simon Khan beat Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjorn Olesen 3-2, Jamie Donaldson and Marc Warren won 4 and 2 against veterans Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez. David Lynn and Scott Jamieson overcame Italians Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero by just one hole.

''There is just a fraction of disappointment. We let a point go with the Italians, they had the match under control until the very end,'' Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal said. ''Overall (losing) 3-2 is not that bad. These guys play great golf, and you have to be on your toes. When you play at this kind of level, it's decided on little things, and today was a good proof of that.''

Gregory Bourdy and Joost Luiten beat Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood by the same margin.

A 6-foot birdie from Jamieson secured their win on the final hole after the Italians had been one up with two holes to play.

''The golf that was played was beautiful,'' Britain and Ireland captain Sam Torrance said.

Britain and Ireland could have finished the day all square with Europe as Fleetwood and Wood rallied from 3 down after 14 holes.

Wood's eagle on the 17th ensured it went to the final hole, where both he and Fleetwood had putts to halve the match, but missed.

Lawrie expressed his disappointment last week that eight of his Ryder Cup teammates snubbed the tournament.

Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter aren't playing for Britain and Ireland. Sergio Garcia and Peter Hansen declined places in the Europe team.

The Seve Trophy, which is played in non-Ryder Cup years, is named after the late Seve Ballesteros, who died in 2011.