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Britain & Ireland trim Europe's lead to 1 point


October 04. 2013 1:37PM
Associated Press

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(AP) Britain and Ireland trimmed Continental Europe's lead to one point in the Seve Trophy after edging Friday's second day of fourballs.


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


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.


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.


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.


Associated Press


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