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Great Britain and Ireland in Command at Seve Trophy

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European TourGreat Britain & Ireland maintained a four- point advantage over the team from Continental Europe after two days of The Seve Trophy at Druids Glen Golf Club in Ireland. GB&I and the Continental squad split the four points available in Saturday's afternoon foursomes, giving GB&I a 10-6 lead heading into the Sunday singles.
 
The first two matches Saturday afternoon resulted in half points for each team as Ian Woosnam and Steve Webster from the GB&I team halved with Thomas Bjorn and Robert Karlsson.
 
Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, and Andrew Oldcorn from the GB&I squad played Thomas Levet and Raphael Jacquelin even through 18 holes of the alternate-shot format.
 
Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley, who will both represent Europe in the 2002 Ryder Cup, earned their third point for the GB&I team this week when they bested Alex Cejka and Niclas Fasth from the Continental European team, 1-up.
 
The featured match in the foursomes was the anchor match between GB&I team captain Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke against the Spanish tandem of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. The Continental European team won 1-up after Monty and Clarke failed to save par at the 16th.
 
The GB&I team needs only 3 1/2 points in Sunday's 10 singles matches to wrangle the Seve Trophy from the Continental team, who won the inaugural matches in 2000.
 
'I think we would have taken 10-6 at the start of the week,' said Montgomerie, who will try and avenge last year's loss to Ballesteros in Sunday's first single match. 'Two days of 5-3 is very satisfying. We know that the European team can beat our team on any given day but I think this just proves what a wonderful competition this is.
 
'Every one of my team has got a point and I would like to thank McGinley and Harrington particularly. They have done brilliantly to get three points out of four.'
 
Clarke and Montgomerie were 1-up after a birdie at No. 13 but the match was squared quickly when Olazabal and Jimenez birdied at No. 14. The GB&I team carded a costly bogey at the par-5 16th and failed to take another hole, losing the match 1-up on the 18th.
 
Lawrie and Oldcorn combined for a birdie at No. 8 and held the 1-up lead until a birdie by the French duo at No. 16. Levet and Jacquelin dropped a shot at 17 to fall 1-down but the GB&I duo bogeyed the 18th to give each team a half a point.
 
Bjorn and Karlsson were in command in their match but Woosnam and Webster drew even with a birdie at the par-5 16th. Each team posted pars the rest of the way in to halve their match.
 
Full scores from the Seve Trophy