Friday, 19 March 2010

SPAIN v FRANCE
The last match of the day came down to the last hole of the day after a triple bogey seven by Jose Maria Olazabal at the 17th had opened the door for Jean van de Velde. The Frenchman made par at the last, but an Olazabal birdie took the match into extra time. A birdie from twelve feet at the first extra hole was enough to win it for Olazabal to the delight of a releived Spanish team. An impressive 68 by Marc Farry had given France the lead, recording a five shot victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez in the first group. In the second match Jean Francois Remesy did well to stay with Sergio Garcia until a four hole birdie blitz from 12th gave Garcia the edge and he eventually won by three with a second best of the day 67 to Remesy’s 70.



IRELAND v ZIMBABWE
A consistent team performance from the Irish produced the second 3-0 result of the day. The Zimbabwe team never really got going as both Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke recorded five shot victories over Tony Johnstone and Mark McNulty. A double bogey by Harrington at the road hole gave Zimbabwe hope of a point, but Harrington followed his double with a birdie at the eighteenth which Nick Price was unable to match.


ENGLAND v INDIA
Two one shot victories and a loss for world number five Lee Westwood gave England a well earned victory over the battling Indians. European Tour player Jeev Singh inflicted a three shot defeat on Westwood, 70-73, in the first match out. Mark James then saw a bogey five by Jyoti Randhawa at the seventeenth give him a one shot lead which he held down the last. In the final match a birdie three at the last by Vijay Kumar meant he fell just one shot short of a solid 71 by David Howell.


SWEDEN v ITALY
A whitewash for Sweden and solid performances from all three players. Gabriel Hjerstedt recorded his first bogey on the 18th to record a 71, three better than Rocca who made an eight on the par 5 14th. Jarmo Sandelin shot a level par 72 which was never threatened as the inexperienced Massimo Scarpa ended up with a 79. Best of all the Swedes was Patrik Sjoland recording six birdies in a 68 to beat the big hitting Emanulele Canonica by six strokes.


USA v NEW ZEALAND
In a match where none of the players really got to grips with the Old Course, the United States came out as 2-1 winners after victories by Mark O’Meara and Tom Lehman. Despite a six at the 17th, O’Meara beat Greg Turner by one and whilst Payne Stewart lost by four to Michael Long after a dissapointing 76, Tom Lehman steered the team home with a no doubt pleasing 71 to Michael Campbell’s two over par 74.


SCOTLAND v PARAGUAY
A splendid 65 from Carlos Franco was the only consoloation for Paraguay as Scotland gained further revenge for their shock 1993 loss to the Paraguayans. In an untidy first match a 75 was enough from late call-up Sam Torrance to defeat Montgomerie’s conqueror from the 1993 match, Raul Fretas, by two. Gary Orr’s 73 offered no resistance against the magnificent Carlos Franco, whilst Open Champion Paul Lawrie defeated Angel Franco, older brother of Carlos, by two strokes.


AUSTRALIA v JAPAN
Craig Parry holed his second shot for an eagle two at the 18th to beat Yoneyama Tsuyoshi by one stroke, having trailed since the fifth hole. Parry’s eagle exemplified the excitement of medal matchplay and after Isao Aoki’s level par 72 saw off Peter O’Malley by two in the second group it fell to Stephen Leaney to hole a tricky 4 foot putt on the last for a 69 to beat Katsuyoshi Tomori by a stroke and claim the point.

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