Seve Trophy 2013 Results: Breaking Down Scores from Second Round
The second round of the Seve Trophy 2013 is in the books and while Continental Europe was able to maintain its lead, Great Britain & Ireland did pick up three of the first four points on the second day, and was able to shrink Europe's lead in half.
Europe will enter the third day Saturday leading Great Britain & Ireland 5 1/2 to 4 1/2.
Here's how the matches played out, courtesy of EuropeanTour.com.
|EUR||Mikko Ilonen/Thorbjorn Olesen||3&2||Paul Casey/Simon Khan||GBI|
|EUR||Francesco Molinari/Matteo Manassero||1 Hole||David Lynn/Scott Jamieson||GBI|
|EUR||Thomas Bjorn/Miguel Angel Jimenez||4&2||Jamie Donaldson/Marc Warren||GBI|
|EUR||Joost Luiten/Gregory Bourdy||1 Hole||Tommy Fleetwood/Chris Wood||GBI|
|EUR||Nicolas Colsaerts/Gonzalo Fdez-Castano||6&5||Paul Lawrie/Stephen Gallacher||GBI|
Great Britain and Ireland started the day off strong. They won the first three pairings, with Paul Casey, Simon Khan, David Lynn, Scott Jamieson, Jamie Donaldson and Marc Warren all winning after losing on the first day.
Paul Casey hit a clutch birdie on the par five seventh hole while facing away from the hole, giving Great Britain and Ireland the win in that pairing.
The latter pairings for Continental Europe helped the team avoid a disastrous second day and helped them keep the lead. Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano were on fire all match, easily beating Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher. Their victory tied the largest victory margin in the history of the Seve Trophy.
Europe got lucky on the final hole of the Tommy Fleetwood/Chris Wood against Joost Luiten/Gregory Bourdy pairing. Fleetwood and Wood both had chances to halve the match, but both missed easy putts, Fleetwood from six feet and Wood from 12.
Going forward, the continued strong play by Colsaerts and Fdez-Castano will be crucial to holding on. Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez have lost both their matches, and were unable to convert key birdies on Friday. Matteo Manassero had a rough day for Europe. Despite almost hitting a hole-in-one, Manassero missed some key putts, allowing David Lynn and Scott Jamieson to get back into the match. They had started the round down two, but were eventually able to come back to win.
While Europe does have the lead, it's a tenuous one, at best. Up two points after the first round, Europe's lead is down to just one, and golfers like Manassero and Miguel Angel Jimenez are struggling. The play of Colsaerts and Fdez-Castano will be crucial going forward.
GB&I players like Jamie Donaldson give the team hope for a remarkable comeback. Donaldson hit seven birdies on the way to a rout over Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
On Saturday, there will be eight foursomes, four in the morning and four in the afternoon. Saturday is a pivotal day. Will Europe be able to build off the momentum created by Colsaerts and Fdez-Castano? Or will the the early struggles of the European give Great Britain and Ireland a chance to complete an epic comeback?
Friday was an excellent day of golf, and Saturday should only be better.
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