GBI Closes Gap at Seve Trophy


European TourBILLINGHAM, England -- After his team fell behind 4-1 at the Seve Trophy on Thursday, Great Britain & Ireland captain Colin Montgomerie held a closed-door meeting.
It may have been what they needed, although the Scotsman probably would have liked an even better result.
Montgomerie's team won three of its five second-round fourball matches against Continental Europe on Friday -- and kept it close in a fourth -- to pull within 6-4 heading into the weekend.
'I gave them a bit of a rollicking last night and they came out and wanted to do well,' Montgomerie said, adding that his goal was to be tied after the morning greensomes on Saturday.
'I'll come up with some sort of idea about how to get back to level with them by Sunday,' he said.
Montgomerie and Graeme McDowell suffered a 3 and 2 loss against Thomas Bjorn and Henrik Stenson on Friday, one day after they finished with the only win for GB&I in the first round of fourball matches.
Continental Europe's other point came from Maarten Lafeber and Emanuele Canonica, who held on for a 2-up win over Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge in the last match to finish.
The other matches belonged to GB&I: Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington defeated Niclas Fasth and Peter Hanson 3 and 1; Paul Casey and David Howell rolled to a 5 and 4 win over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Continental Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal; and Ian Poulter and Nick Dougherty beat Jean-Francois Remesy and Thomas Levet, also by a 5 and 4 score.
'Those boys must have listened very carefully to what Monty said yesterday,' Olazabal said. 'They played really well.'
In the second group to tee off, Casey and Howell jumped out to a 5-up advantage over Jimenez and Olazabal after six holes. Their lead never fell below 4-up, and that foursome was the first to finish when they halved the 14th hole.
McGinley and Harrington closed out their 3 and 1 win moments later to temporarily knot things at 4-4. The duo needed only a two-putt from 25 feet at the par-three 17th, but Harrington finished things off with his fifth winning birdie of the day.
Bjorn and Stenson were the next to close things out when Bjorn birdied 16 to put them 3-up against Montgomerie and McDowell.
Earlier in that match, while the GB&I team played catch-up, Stenson literally caught up with the foursome ahead of his when he drove the green at the par- 4 13th hole. Jimenez needed to step over Stenson's line on the way to his own ball
The Swede's length was a problem for Montgomerie and McDowell all day.
'It's surprising -- for someone with that length, he's leading our stats in driving accuracy,' Montgomerie said. 'It's ridiculous. If his short game was tighter...he'd win every second event. I haven't seen anyone hit the ball as well and as long as that for many, many years.'
Poulter and Dougherty pulled the GB&I team within 5-4 when they closed out their 5 and 4 win over Remesy and Levet with a halve at the 14th hole.
That match got off to an exciting start at No. 1 when Remesy's 30-foot eagle putt was matched by Dougherty's own eagle putt for a halve. Poulter and Dougherty went on to win four of the next eight holes to make the turn 4-up.
Dodd and Dredge fell 1-down in their match with a forfeit at No. 1 when Dredge was found to have too many clubs in his bag. He removed an extra driver and went on to birdie two straight holes for a 1-up lead.
The match was even after 14, but the Continental Europeans went 1-up when Canonica chipped in for eagle at the par-4 15th. Needing a win at 18 for a halve, the GB&I duo both missed the green with their approach shots before Lafeber clinched the 2-up win with a birdie.
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