The Continental Team at last won The Seve Trophy, after a 13 year wait for victory, in a thrilling match in Paris.
The Happy Continental Team, with Captain José María Olazábal holding the Trophy / Getty Images
This thrilling event was decided by the result of the final singles match at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, after the two teams had entered the last day locked together at 9 points a piece.
Reviving last years Medinah heroics, it was Francesco Molinari in the anchor role who completed victory, beating Chris Wood 3 and 2 to secure a 15-13 win.
Francesco was happy to be on the winning side and inspired by his Captain;
” He’s amazing. He’s one of the most inspiring figures in golf, not only European, but in the world of golf. Every time he speaks, everyone is listening carefully. He’s just as inspiring as anyone can be. It feels great, for us, for all the times that we have lost in the past. I played the last two before this, and it’s never a good feeling to finish on the losing side. We tried really hard, they played great yesterday afternoon to get back into it and it was all to play for today. It was funny yesterday when Olazábal was reading the list, I kind of knew I was going to be last, but I was waiting every name, hoping to hear mine, and I didn’t until the tenth spot. But it’s great for us and for everyone.I tried to stay away from the leaderboards as much as possible, but then obviously you see everyone coming up to your match and watching you. I tried not to do the math, so I just realized here that I needed a half a point, so I wasn’t going to hit my putts too firmly. It’s good to finish in style with two birdies. You’ve got nine teammates here and the captain, and you don’t want to let anyone down. I’ve done it twice now going last in the singles, I don’t know if I want to do it again!”
International Team Captain José said it was an emotional moment;
“Very emotional, it’s been a tough day, Everything went to the last match. The boys really played well today and I’m very, very happy to have won the Seve Trophy this time. It was going to go down to the last three matches at least. We had a pretty good start, then Great Britain & Ireland took over and we started to see some reds on the board. But the boys kept their composure and played really well, especially these last few matches, they played really great golf. I think the first two matches were crucial, to get a point and a half out of those two, it was big.”
A very disappointed GB&I Team Captain Sam Torrance had to admit his side lost to a better team o the day;
” They were very strong, we gave it everything, but came out just short.”
Congratulations to the International Team they deserved their win. A sad day for Great Britain and Ireland when you consider all the top stars who declined the invitation to represent their country.