Seve Trophy: Europe Lead Day One

Continental Europe secured a 3½-1½ lead after day one of play in the Seve Trophy as Jose Maria Olazabal’s side look to finally end a run of six straight defeats.

Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie combined to beat veteran pairing Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn 3&2 in fourballs, giving Great Britain and Ireland an early lead in France.

Europe, however, went on to win three and halve the other lead by two.

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

Thorbjorn Olesen and Mikko Ilonen survived nervy finishes to win over Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood on the 18th, effectively ending Woods’ unbeaten record in the event. From there 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 was asked what he was most pleased with after the finish of day one. He said: "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."