Seve Trophy: Europe Secure First Win Since 2000

Continental Europe clinched a vital victory in the Seve Trophy by beating Great Britain and Ireland at St-Nom-La-Breteche for the first time since 2000 15-13.

Locked at 9-9, the teams were going into the final day’s singles jockeying for a position which looked like it could slide in either direction. And the contest went down to the final match between Francesco Molinari and England's Chris Wood, with the Italian winning 3&2 thanks to a birdie at 16.

Gregory Bourdy of France beat Scotland’s Scott Jamieson 4&3 to finish with five victories from his five matches.

England’s Simon Khan withdrew from the singles because of a bad back, meaning Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn had to step aside for Europe.

Dutchman Joost Luiten, who won his first four matches, lost to England's Tommy Fleetwood 3&2 in the first singles match, before Bourdy closed out his encounter and Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts edged out Paul Casey of England by one hole.

Scotland's Marc Warren levelled the scores with a 4&3 win over Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, but Italy's Matteo Manassero beat Stephen Gallacher 3&2 and Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez was a 6&4 winner against David Lynn to put Europe within half a point of clinching victory.

Scotland’s Paul Lawrie pulled one back with a 2&1 success over Finn Mikko Ilonen, but Molinari bagged the winning point for Jose Maria Olazabal's side with a long-range put, putting the game to bed and giving Europe their first win in the coveted Seve Trophy since 2000.