Great Britain and Ireland beaten by Europeans for only third time in tournament history.
This year saw Continental Europe edging out Great Britain and Ireland to win the Seve Trophy for only the third time in the tournament’s 13-year history. The European mainlanders’ 15-13 victory over GB & Ireland ended an extensive spate of dominance from the British Isles.
Much of Continental Europe’s glory must go to Italian stallions Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero. Molinari was the man who ultimately proved his mettle in a 3&2 win over Chris Wood to clinch the victory, whilst Manassero’s long-range birdie putt on the sixteenth was the morale boosting stuff of golfing dreams. Outstanding performances were also put in by Frenchman Gregory Bourdy and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Just as Continental Europe’s success can be chalked up – to some extent – to moments of individual brilliance from a number of team members, so too can Great Britain and Ireland’s failure to retain their crown be pinned to a number of lukewarm performances within the squad.
Off-colour and out-of-sorts David Lynn dropping two shots to Angel Jimenez alone gave Continental Europe their two point margin of victory, Paul Casey couldn’t keep pace with Nicolas Colsaerts and a back injury robbed Simon Khan of the opportunity to make his own mark on proceedings. It wasn’t all bad from GB & Ireland, with Tommy Fleetwood performing particularly well to trump Dutchman Joost Luiten. Nevertheless, in the context of the team competition, his efforts were in vain.
Whilst Continental Europe’s Seve Trophy win ran against the historical grain of the tournament, it was true to the formbook. Great Britain and Ireland entered the tournament as 11/8 underdogs, with the Europeans sized up as 4/7 odds on favourites, meaning those betting with a careful eye on the tour of late will likely have been rewarded with a decent win. For all the latest odds in the world of golf visit Betfair.com where you are sure to get really competitive prices on all the upcoming tours
The Continental European team’s win at this year’s Seve Trophy will undoubtedly give the at times beleaguered contest a shot in the arm in terms of continent-wide interest and support. Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano commented: “The Seve Trophy is important for the European Tour because it’s about getting to know better how to play team golf. I haven’t played team golf for a very long time, since my amateur days.
“I hope this tournament continues as the European Tour needs it. It’s because of this tournament that we are very successful in the Ryder Cup.”
Perhaps the aftermath of Seve Trophy glory will now encourage some of Fernandez-Castano’s compatriots and continental neighbours to adopt his positive sentiments.
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