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GB and I rallies to win Seve Trophy

ASSOCIATED PRESS

KILLENARD, Ireland – Great Britain & Ireland routed Continental Europe 8-2 in singles matches Sunday to retain the Seve Trophy 16 1/2-11 1/2.

Trailing by a point heading into the singles, Nick Faldo’s team won six and halved two of the first eight matches to clinch the victory with two singles left.

Bradley Dredge got the decisive win by making a birdie to go 2 up with two to play against Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Colin Montgomerie, who lost all three of his earlier matches for GB&I in the tournament, won the opening singles, 1 up, against Robert Karlsson.

Europe’s only win came from Peter Hanson, who beat Oliver Wilson, 1 up.

“The guys all came through,” Faldo said. “They showed great determination to win. They all did their bit.”

Faldo will captain Europe’s Ryder Cup team that will defend its title in Kentucky next year.

Paul Casey rediscovered his form to beat Raphael Jacquelin, 3 and 2, in the second match after making seven birdies in the first 11 holes. Marc Warren, who also struggled earlier in the week, beat Gregory Havret, 1 up, in the third match.

The winners said they were buoyed by a television prediction Saturday that they would all lose their matches.

“That was a nice bit of motivation right there,” Casey said.

Great Britain and Ireland’s biggest victory Sunday came from Graeme Storm, who won 6 and 5, over Thomas Bjorn. Storm had five birdies without dropping a shot through 13 holes against Bjorn, who was recovering from an upset stomach.

Simon Dyson, one of Faldo’s wild card picks, made five birdies in 11 holes to rally for a 2-and-1 victory over Mikko Ilonen.

“I loved it all week. We’ve carried each other along and it’s just got better all week,” Dyson said.

Bradley Dredge, the week’s top scorer with 4 1/2 points out of five, beat Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 2 up, with a birdie at the last.

Justin Rose held off Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2 and 1, after being five ahead through 11 holes.

“Everything went wrong. I looked at the draw this morning and thought it was perfect,” said Europe captain Seve Ballesteros, for whom the tournament is named. “Britain and Ireland played great golf.”

Great Britain and Ireland has now won the event four of the five times it has been played.

Final results from the Seve Trophy, playedSept. 27-30 at the par-72, 7,319-yard Heritage Golf & Spa Resort inKillenard, Ireland:

TOTAL: Great Britain & Ireland 16 1/2, Europe 11 1/2

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DAY 4: GB&I 16 1/2, Europe 11 1/2

SINGLES: GB&I 8, Europe 2
Colin Montgomerie (GB&I) def. Robert Karlsson 1 up Paul Casey (GB&I) def. Raphael Jacquelin 3 and 2 Marc Warren (GB&I) def. Gregory Havret 1 up Nick Dougherty (GB&I) halved Soren Hansen
Graeme Storm (GB&I) def. Thomas Bjorn 6 and 5 Simon Dyson (GB&I) def. Mikko Ilonen 2 and 1 Phillip Archer (GB&I) halved Markus Brier
Bradley Dredge (GB&I) def. G. Fernandez-Castano 2 up Peter Hanson (E) def. Oliver Wilson 1 up Justin Rose (GB&I) def. Miguel Angel Jimenez 2 and 1
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DAY 3: Europe 9 1/2, Great Britain & Ireland 8 1/2

AFTERNOON FOURSOMES: GB&I 3, Europe 1
Justin Rose-Nick Dougherty (GB&I) def.
Raphael Jacquelin-Gregory Havret, 2 and 1

Colin Montgomerie-Graeme Storm (E) def.
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano-Robert Karlsson, 3 and 2

Simon Dyson-Oliver Wilson (GB&I) def.
Peter Hanson-Soren Hansen, 3 and 2

Phillip Archer-Bradley Dredge (GB&I) def.
Markus Brier-Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2 up

MORNING GREENSOMES: Europe 3 1/2, GB&I 1/2
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño-Robert Karlsson (E) def.
Justin Rose-Paul Casey, 3 and 1

Raphael Jacquelin-Gregory Havret (E) def.
Nick Dougherty-Graeme Storm, 2 and 1

Soren Hansen-Peter Hanson (E) def.
Oliver Wilson-Simon Dyson, 1 up

Markus Brier-Mikko Ilonen (E) halved
Bradley Dredge-Phillip Archer

• • •

DAY 2: Great Britain & Ireland 5, Europe 5

FRIDAY FOUR-BALLS: GB&I 3, Europe 2
Bradley Dredge-Phillip Archer (GB&I) def.
Peter Hanson-Robert Karlsson, 5 and 4

Raphael Jacquelin-Gregory Havret (Europe) def.
Colin Montgomerie-Marc Warren, 5 and 3

Oliver Wilson-Simon Dyson (GB&I) def.
Thomas Bjorn-Soren Hansen, 3 and 2

Markus Brier-Mikko Ilonen (Europe) def.
Nick Dougherty-Graeme Storm, 1 up

Justin Rose-Paul Casey (GB&I) def.
Miguel Angel Jimenez-Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 2 up

• • •

DAY ONE: Europe 3, Great Britain & Ireland 2

THURSDAY FOUR-BALLS: Europe 3, GB&I 2
Peter Hanson-Robert Karlsson (E) def.
Colin Montgomerie-Marc Warren, 3 and 1

Bradley Dredge-Phillip Archer (GB&I) def.
Miguel Angel Jimenez-Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, 2 and 1

Raphael Jacquelin-Gregory Havret (E) def.
Paul Casey-Simon Dyson, 4 and 3

Nick Dougherty-Graeme Storm (GB&I) def.
Thomas Bjorn-Soren Hansen, 1 up

Markus Brier-Mikko Ilonen (E) def.
Justin Rose-Oliver Wilson, 3 and 2

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