GB&I wins fifth straight Vivendi Trophy
SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France – Great Britain and Ireland won the Vivendi Trophy for a fifth consecutive time Sunday after beating Continental Europe, 16 1/2-11 1/2, following the final 10 singes matches.
GB&I quickly took an insurmountable 15-7 lead with seven singles matches remaining after Rory McIlroy defeated Henrik Stenson by one hole and Graeme McDowell beat Robert Karlsson, 3 and 2.
The European players fought back to reduce the deficit, including Anders Hansen’s 7-and-6 thrashing of Nick Dougherty.
England’s Anthony Wall pulled out of his match against Spaniard Alvaro Quiros at the start of the day because of a shoulder injury, giving both teams a half point. That meant Great Britain & Ireland needed just 1 1/2 points from the nine remaining matches to win.
The defending champions set up their victory during Saturday’s greensomes and foursomes, when they opened up a 7-point lead at Saint-Nom-la-Breteche Golf Club.
The Vivendi Trophy was first played in 2000, when it was called the Seve Trophy for Seve Ballesteros. Continental Europe won the inaugural tournament before GB&I won five in a row in the event played every other year.
Ballasteros, who has undergone four operations to remove a cancerous brain tumor, had hoped to attend this weekend, but decided to stay home because of fatigue.
“I am very sorry I cannot be with you this year,” Ballasteros said in a video message Sunday. “I just finished my radiotherapy and that really makes me very tired. That was expected. Hopefully I should be OK in about one month.”
Ballesteros added that he was looking forward to the seventh edition of the tournament in 2011.
Results from the Vivendi Trophy, played Sept. 24-27 at the Saint-Nom-la-Breteche Golf Club in Paris, France:
TOTALS: GB&I 16 1/2, EUROPE 11 1/2
SUNDAY SINGLES: EUROPE 6, GB&I 4
Rory McIlroy (GB&I) def. Henrick Stenson, 1 up
Graeme McDowell (GB&I) def. Robert Karlsson, 3 and 2
Anthony Wall (GB&I) vs. Alvaro Quiros, halved
Miguel Angel Jimenez (EUR) def. Ross Fisher, 3 and 1
Soren Hansen (EUR) def. Steve Webster, 4 and 2
Soren Kjeldsen (EUR) def. Simon Dyson, 3 and 1
Robert Rock (GB&I) def. Gonzalo Fernandez Castano, 1 up
Anders Hansen (EUR) def. Nick Dougherty, 7 and 6
Chris Wood (GB&I) vs. Peter Hanson, halved
Francesco Molinari (EUR) def. Oliver Wilson, 5 and 4
DAY 3: GB&I 6, EUROPE 2
SATURDAY GREENSOMES: GB&I 3, EUROPE 1
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell (GB&I) def. Henrik Stenson and Peter Hanson, 2 and 1.
Robert Rock and Nick Dougherty (GB&I) def. Robert Karlsson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 5 and 4.
Ross Fisher and Chris Wood (GB&I) def. Anders Hansen and Francesco Molinari, 1 up.
Miguel-Angel Jimenez and Alvaro Quiros (EUR) def. Simon Dyson and Oliver Wilson, 1 up.
SATURDAY FOURSOMES: GB&I 3, EUROPE 1
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell (GB&I) def. Soren Hansen and Soren Kjeldsen, 2 and 1.
Henrik Stenson and Peter Hanson ((EUR) halved with Nick Dougherty and Steve Webster.
Ross Fisher and Chris Wood (GB&I) def. Anders Hansen and Francesco Molinari, 3 and 2.
Robert Rock and Oliver Wilson (GB&I) def. Alvaro Quiros and Miguel-Angel Jimenez, 1 up.
DAY 2: GB&I 6, EUROPE 4
FRIDAY FOUR-BALLS: GB&I 3, EUROPE 2
Simon Dyson-Oliver Wilson (GB&I) def. Henrik Stenson-Alvaro Quiros, 2 and 1
Nick Dougherty-Ross Fisher (GB&I) def. Peter Hanson-Soren Hansen, 3 and 2
Anders Hansen-Francesco Molinari (EUR) def. Graeme McDowell-Rory McIlroy, 3 and 1
Gonzalo Fernandez Castano-Robert Karlsson (EUR) def. Robert Rock-Steve Webster, 1 up
Anthony Wall-Chris Wood (GB&I) def. Miguel Angel Jimenez-Soren Kjeldsen, 3 and 2
DAY 1: GB&I 3, EUROPE 2
THURSDAY FOUR-BALLS: GB&I 3, EUROPE 2
Graeme McDowell-Rory McIlroy (GB&I) def. Soren Kjelsen-Alvaro Quiros, 4 and 3
Anthony Wall-Chris Wood (GB&I) def. Henrik Stenson-Robert Karlsson, 6 and 5
Simon Dyson-Oliver Wilson (GB&I) def. Soren Hansen-Peter Hanson, 3 and 2
Anders Hansen-Francesco Molinari (EUR) def. Robert Rock-Steve Webster, 4 and 3
Miguel Angel Jimenez-Gonzalo FernandezCastano (EUR) def. Ross Fisher-Nick Dougherty, 2 and 1