Europe Ahead In Seve Trophy

Europe took a 3½-1½ lead after day one of play in the Seve Trophy, with Jose Maria Olazabal’s side looking to break their six year losing hoodoo.

Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie beat veteran pairing Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn 3&2 in fourballs to give Great Britain and Ireland an early lead in France, however Europe went on to win three and halve the other lead by two.

After Lawrie and Gallacher put the visitors ahead, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Nicolas Colsaerts overthrew Marc Warren and Scott Jamieson 5&3 to level the scores.

Thorbjorn Olesen and Mikko Ilonen survived nervy finishes to succeed over Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood on the 18th, effectively ending Woods’ unbeaten record in the event. Francesco Molinari birdied the last to ensure he and Matteo Manassero claimed a half against Paul Casey and Simon Khan, before Luiten and Bourdy beat Jamie Donaldson and David Lynn.

Olazabal said after day one: "The way the youngsters played. Joost played extraordinarily well and made a bunch of birdies, Thorbjorn also played very well.

"It was a great experience for them but the main thing is to win points and I think the team is really happy."