Europe fight back on final day

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Europe showed they still have some fighting spirit left in the final-day singles at the Vivendi Seve Trophy on Sunday.

Continental Europe showed they still have some fighting spirit left in the final-day singles at the Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris on Sunday.

Great Britain & Ireland started the day with a full five-point lead after the overall score was at 16½ – 11½ following Saturday’s Greensomes and Foursomes, but Europe had leveled the scores at 11½ each by midday on the final day.

European captain Jean van de Velde’s decision to start the day with all his in-form players was paying off, as Thomas Bjorn started the ball rolling with a 2&1 victory over Lee Westwood.

Anders Hansen also came out on top against Simon Dyson by one hole, while Francesco Molinari beat Jamie Donaldson 4&3, Alexander Noren ousted Robert Rock 4&3 and Miguel Angel Jimenez beat old friend Darren Clarke by 4&2.

The match between Bjorn and Westwood was a tight one, though the Englishman found himself slightly ahead in the early exchanges. But when he found the trees on the 11th, Bjorn pulled back level and then holed a 30-foot putt on the 14th to take a lead he would not again surrender.

“It was just a case of hanging on and hanging on, but a couple of mistakes and it let me back in,” said Bjorn. “I played some nice stuff near the end but it was a hard-fought battle.”

It all comes down to the final matches now, and GB&I appear to have the advantage, with David Horsey one up against Nicolas Colsaerts and Scott Jamieson two up against Pablo Larrazabal, both through 16 holes.

Ian Poulter was one down against Matteo Manassero through 14, while Raphael Jacquelin and Mark Foster were all square, while Ross Fisher was two up after 13 against Peter Hanson.

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