Seve Trophy 2013 Results: Scores and Analysis from Tournament's Final Day
The Continental Europe team took the 2013 Seve Trophy on Sunday over Great Britain and Ireland to end a 13-year drought in what was an epic finish that came down to the wire.
The official Instagram account of the European Tour captured the moment for the champion side:
This match-play event falls on biennial years, serving as the big stage to tide the world's elite golfers over in the absence of the Ryder Cup. But it was much more than that for Europe.
Europe hasn't won the event since 2000, the inaugural contest. Since then, they've lost six straight meetings heading into this year.
Going into Sunday, both teams were knotted up with the score at 9-9. It was no different after six matches on Sunday, splitting them to make the score 12-12.
But the Europeans stood tall and pulled it out in the end, securing the elusive trophy for their side.
Let's take a look at the scores from Day 4, including a breakdown of how all of the events unfolded.
|Result||Continental Europe||Great Britain & Ireland|
|Halved||Gonzalo Fdez-Castano||Jamie Donaldson|
|CE 1 Hole||Nicolas Colsaerts||Paul Casey|
|GB 3&2||Joost Luiten||Tommy Fleetwood|
|Halved||Thomas Bjorn||Simon Khan|
|CE 4&3||Gregory Bourdy||Scott Jamieson|
|GB 4&3||Thorbjorn Olesen||Marc Warren|
|CE 3&2||Matteo Manassero||Stephen Gallacher|
|GB 2&1||Mikko Ilonen||Paul Lawrie|
|CE 6&4||Miguel Angel Jimenez||David Lynn|
|CE 3&2||Francesco Molinari||Chris Wood|
Note: All results information courtesy of EuropeanTour.com
Breakdown of Day 4
Heading into the final day of action, it was any side's tournament to win.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Jamie Donaldson started things off, halving their match as both golfers parred their final four holes.
After Nicolas Colsaerts put Continental Europe up with a one-hole victory over Paul Casey, it didn't take long for Tommy Fleetwood to get Great Britain and Ireland back even with his 3-and-2 win.
Gregory Bourdy showed his experience of four European Tour wins by winning his final-round match against Scott Jamieson, and it looked to be the writing on the wall that Sunday was Europe's to celebrate the end of a decade-old drought.
With 23-year-old star Thorbjorn Olesen—who made waves in some major appearances this season—next, hopes were high. But instead he was crushed by Marc Warren 4-and-3.
Matteo Massanero and Paul Lawrie each won a point for their respective sides, knotting things up at 12 apiece. Despite ending on the losing side, Lawrie offered his congratulations on Twitter:
Congrats to team Europe winners of Seve trophy 15-13 its only their second win in 8 attempts so overdue I suppose but still hurts to lose— Paul Lawrie (@PaulLawriegolf) October 6, 2013
Continental Europe was in good shape down the stretch, with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Francesco Molinari as its final two contenders.
Jimenez showed his fight by ousting David Lynn in a match that only went 14 holes before being decided. Then, all it took was Molinari holding onto a two-stroke lead down the stretch that he eventually turned into three strokes before being called after 16 holes.
It was a tournament that came down to the wire and it could have gone either way. But there's no doubting which team brought its best to the table down the stretch and showed the bigger clutch gene.
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