Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Continental Europe won a pair of fourball matches Friday at the Seve Trophy to take a 5 1/2 - 4 1/2 lead over Great Britain & Ireland into Saturday's foursomes.
The standouts for Continental Europe have been Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, who equaled the largest winning margin in the event's history with a 6 & 5 rout of Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher on Friday. During Thursday's fourballs, Colsaerts and Fdez-Castano, a late replacement for the ailing Peter Hanson, cruised to a 5 & 3 win, helping Continental Europe to a 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 advantage.
GB&I, which has captured the Seve Trophy six straight times, fought back on Friday with three early victories at Saint-Nom-la-Breteche Golf Club.
Paul Casey and Simon Khan provided early momentum with a 3 & 2 win over Continental Europe's Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjorn Olesen, while David Lynn and Scott Jamieson followed with a 1-up triumph over the Italian duo of Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero. Jamie Donaldson then posted four birdies and an eagle in GB&I's third win of the day, as he and teammate Marc Warren ousted Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez, 4 & 2.
Aside from Colsaerts and Fdez-Castano, the only other duo to notch a win for Continental Europe was Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy, who outlasted Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood, 1-up. Luiten and Bourdy nearly squandered a 3-up lead with four holes to play, but they held on for the win when both Fleetwood and Wood missed birdie putts inside 12 feet at the last.
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