The inaugural Eurobet Seve Ballesteros Trophy was perfectly poised after the delayed Greensomes at Sunningdale Golf Club produced a 2-2 result and an overall position of 8-8 going into the final series of ten singles.
After the heavy rain of Saturday, Sunday dawned with windless conditions and intermittent sunshine – and the quality of the golf matched everything which had gone before.
The previously unbeaten Lee Westwood, back in tandem with Darren Clarke, suffered a 4 and 3 defeat at the hands of the inspired Bernhard Langer and Thomas Bjorn. The German-Danish partnership was seven under par for 15 holes under the unusual Greensomes format, in which both players tee off then pick the better drive before continuing with alternate shots.
Colin Montgomerie and David Howell then recovered from two down after ten against Sergio Garcia to win 2 and 1 thanks to some outstanding putting by the younger and less experienced Howell.
Open champion Paul Lawrie, partnering fellow Scot Gary Orr, then secured an important half point for Great Britain and Ireland by sinking a 30 foot birdie putt on the final green to deny Miguel Angel Jiménez and José Maria Olazábal.
However the Continental team hit back once again as Alex Cejka and Robert Karlsson birdied the 16th and 17th to obtain a vital half with Padraig Harrington and Phillip Price.