Seve Trophy: Europe edge Saturday morning foursomes to take 8-6 lead over GB & Ireland
Last Updated: 05/10/13 1:23pm
Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrates his foursomes victory with European captain Jose Maria Olazabal
Continental Europe shaded the Saturday morning foursomes to further strengthen their lead over Great Britain & Ireland in the Seve Trophy at Saint-Nom-La-Breteche Golf Club in Paris.
Jose Maria Olazabal's men took 2.5 points from the four matches to move into an 8-6 lead at the halfway stage of the biennial event.
It could have been worse for GB & Ireland, but a brave fightback from Scottish duo Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher earned a half point from a top match that always looked to be going Europe's way.
The pairing of Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano - who had won both their previous matches together - looked on course to make it three from three as they raced into a 3up lead through eight holes.
Saturday morning foursomes
Gallacher/Lawrie halved with Colsaerts/F'dez-Castano
Donaldson/Warren lost 2&1 vs Luiten/Bourdy
Wood/Jamieson won 2&1 vs Olesen/Molinari
Casey/Fleetwood lost 1 down vs Jimenez/Manassero
But Lawrie and Gallacher hung on grimly and three birdies in a row at 15, 16 and 17 got them back on terms before both teams narrowly missed birdie putts on the last green to ensure honours ended even.
In the second contest, Joost Luiten and home hero Gregory Bourdy staged a superb late fightback of their own to secure a 2&1 victory for Europe over Jamie Donaldson and Marc Warren.
Four birdies in their last five holes was enough to overturn a two-hole deficit and when Warren missed his birdie attempt at the par-five 17th the match was over.
Great Britain & Ireland's solitary success came courtesy of Chris Wood and Scott Jamieson who produced a measured display to see off Thorbjorn Olesen and Francesco Molinari.
The British pairing got ahead just after the turn and then maintained their advantage down the stretch to secure a valuable point for Sam Torrance's team.
The final match went all the way to the last hole, but there it was Matteo Manassero and Miguel Angel Jimenez who recorded a 1up win over Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood.
A superb eagle at 17 had given the Brits renewed hope of pinching a half, but in the end the Europeans were good value for their victory in a match they always had control of.