McGinley's crew storm into lead

Ireland and Great Britain won the greensomes session 3 1/2 to 1/2 to regain the upper hand against Continental Europe at the Vivendi Seve Trophy this morning.

Ireland and Great Britain won the greensomes session 3 1/2 to 1/2 to regain the upper hand against Continental Europe at the Vivendi Seve Trophy this morning.

Jean van de Velde’s Europeans turned the tables after a strong second day at St-Nom-La-Breteche, winning three of the five fourballs pairings and halving another to slash their overnight deficit from 4-1 to 5 1/2 to 4 1/2.

However, GB&I got back on course for a sixth consecutive title today by establishing a 9-5 lead ahead of this afternoon’s foursomes.

Simon Dyson and Jamie Donaldson got things off to a fine start for Paul McGinley’s team with a 2&1 triumph over Nicolas Colsaerts and Matteo Manassero.

The British pair established their superiority early on with birdies on three and four and, although the rookie European pair got back level through birdies on seven and nine thanks to cool putting from Colsaerts, Dyson and Donaldson forged ahead again with birdies on 14 and 15.

Darren Clarke and David Horsey looked set to make it two wins out of two for GB&I when they birdied the 17th thanks to Horsey’s approach to two feet, but Swedish duo Alex Noren and Peter Hanson had other ideas and birdied 18 to secure the Europeans’ only half point of the morning.

Any hopes Van de Velde’s troops had of making further inroads were shattered in the third and fourth matches, though.

A birdie on 14 and eagle on 15 saw Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher clinch a topsy-turvy encounter 2&1 against Thomas Bjorn and Raphael Jacquelin and then in the last match out Lee Westwood and Scott Jamieson strolled to a 4&3 victory over Pablo Larrazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

World number two Westwood and Scot Jamieson won six holes in a row from the fourth to get themselves five up through nine and, although the Spanish pair threatened a comeback on the back nine, further birdies on 12 and 15 sealed an emphatic win for the GB&I duo.

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