Seve Trophy: GB & Ireland dominate afternoon foursomes to make it 9-9
Last Updated: 06/10/13 10:07am
Paul Casey and David Lynn: Secured crucial win in the final match to tie the contest at 9-9
GB & Ireland claimed three points in the afternoon session to draw level with Continental Europe heading into Sunday's singles in the Seve Trophy.
David Lynn rolled in a birdie putt at the last to make the scores 9-9 at Saint-Nom-La-Breteche Golf Club in Paris, as he combined with fellow Englishman Paul Casey to defeat Matteo Manassero and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
The Scottish pairing of Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher had given GB & Ireland the perfect start by winning the top match 2&1 against Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
Jamie Donaldson and Marc Warren triumphed by a similar scoreline over Thomas Bjorn and Mikko Illonen, at that stage making it eight apiece.
However Jose Maria Olazabal's side, who had been 8-6 up after the morning foursomes, edged back ahead thanks to Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy.
"For Lynnie to make that putt on the last and to be level going into singles is massive."
The duo birdied the 18th to register a two-hole win over Chris Wood and Scott Jamieson, who had themselves ensured the match went down the last after Wood holed a spectacular bunker shot for eagle on 17.
It seemed for long periods that the mix of the veteran Spaniard Jimenez and the youthful Italian Manassero would pick up the final point on offer, as they found themselves two up by the turn.
Yet Casey and Lynn fought back after the turn, birdies at the 10th, 13th and 15th putting them ahead. Although Jimenez and Manassero responded by taking the next, they were unable to claim a half at the final green.
A delighted Casey said: "It's been so close all week; it could have gone either way. It seems like we have been getting off to bad starts all week, and this session looked like we were getting off to a good start and things went a bit pear shaped in the middle.
"For Lynnie to make that putt on the last and to be level going into singles is massive. I think we are looking forward to tomorrow - it's tough playing foursomes."
Continental Europe have lost the last six Seve Trophy showdowns since winning the inaugural event in 2000 and skipper Jose Maria Olazabal is desperate to halt that slide.
"What I have kept on saying all week long is that we have to play the best we can. We have a very strong team facing us, and we have to play good tomorrow.
"Obviously I want to win it badly, it's as simple as that. I don't like that record at all and hopefully this group of ten people will be able to achieve that tomorrow."