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Europe hold narrow lead at Seve Trophy

Updated: Saturday, 29 Sep 2007 19:33

Nick Dougherty examines the line of his putt as Raphael Jacquelin and Gregory Havret do likewise
Nick Dougherty examines the line of his putt as Raphael Jacquelin and Gregory Havret do likewise

Britain and Ireland came roaring back in the Seve Trophy foursomes to leave the match with Continental Europe on a knife edge.

After trailing by three points following the morning greensomes, captain Nick Faldo's home side took the foursomes 3-1 to leave Europe with a 9 1/2-8 1/2 lead going into Sunday's ten singles.   

This was despite Colin Montgomerie again finding his match a struggle.

The former Britain and Ireland skipper is still without a point after he and Graeme Storm lost 3 and 2 to Swede Robert Karlsson and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Montgomerie had a poor day with his putter whereas Karlsson and Fernandez-Castano enjoyed the sodden Heritage greens, soaked by heavy afternoon rain.

This was typified at the 13th when Karlsson slid home a curling 25-footer for birdie while Montgomerie missed from four feet.

Four back-nine birdies in six holes led the European duo to victory.

Justin Rose and Nick Dougherty started the home team's fightback with a 2 and 1 triumph over Frenchmen Raphael Jacquelin and Gregory Havret, who had until then gained maximum points from three matches.

Rose's chip-in to birdie the 16th proved decisive.

Simon Dyson, one of Faldo's wildcards, and Oliver Wilson then eased past Scandinavians Soren Hansen and Peter Hanson 3 and 2.

The final match proved the closest, with Bradley Dredge and Phillip Archer almost allowing themselves to be caught by Markus Brier of Austria and experienced Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Dredge and Archer were three up with five holes to go but it was not until Brier found water with his approach on 18 that the home pair secured a two-hole win.

Earlier, Europe surged ahead with an inspired morning greensomes display reminiscent of skipper Seve Ballesteros's days as a player.

Havret recorded a hole-in-one with a four-iron at the short seventh as he and Jacquelin continued their winning ways while Dane Hansen and Swede Hanson claimed the only eagle-two of the week in another Continental Europe victory.

Europe took the greensomes 3 1/2-1/2.

Afternoon foursomes
Raphael Jacquelin/Gregory Havret (France) lost to Justin Rose/Nick Dougherty (Britain) two and one.
   
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain)/Robert Karlsson (Sweden) beat Colin Montgomerie/Graeme Storm (Britain) three and two.
   
Peter Hanson (Sweden)/Soren Hansen (Denmark) lost to Simon Dyson/Oliver Wilson (Britain) three and two.

Markus Brier (Austria)/Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) lost to Phillip Archer/Bradley Dredge (Britain) by two holes.   

Morning greensomes
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain)/Robert Karlsson (Sweden) beat Justin Rose/Paul Casey (Britain) three and one.
   
Raphael Jacquelin/Gregory Havret (France) beat Nick Dougherty/Graeme Storm (Britain) two and one.
   
Peter Hanson (Sweden) and Soren Hansen (Denmark) beat Oliver Wilson and Simon Dyson (Britain) by one hole.
   
Markus Brier (Austria)/Mikko Ilonen (Finland) halved with Bradley Dredge and Phillip Archer (Britain).

Draw for Sunday's singles:

10.15 Robert Karlsson (Sweden)    v Colin Montgomerie
10.27 Raphael Jacquelin (France)  v Paul Casey
10.39 Gregory Havret (France)     v Marc Warren
10.51 Soren Hansen (Denmark)      v Nick Dougherty
11.03 Thomas Bjorn (Denmark)      v Graeme Storm
11.15 Mikko Ilonen (Finland)      v Simon Dyson
11.27 Markus Brier (Austria)      v Phillip Archer
11.39 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) v Bradley Dredge
11.51 Peter Hanson (Sweden)       v Oliver Wilson
12.03 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) v Justin Rose.

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