Sunday, 25 September 2005
Great Britain and Ireland claimed a hat-trick of victories in The Seve Trophy, beating Continental Europe 16 ½ - 11 ½ at The Wynyard Club in North East England.

Welshman Bradley Dredge secured the point which gave his team an unassailable lead, beating Frenchman Thomas Levet 2 and 1 as GB&I repeated their success in 2002 and 2003.

Colin Montgomerie lost the top singles to his rival captain José Maria Olazábal in their first meeting since the 1984 Amateur Championship final but after that the GB&I team dominated the singles, winning six matches, halving two while Padraig Harrington was the only other GB&I player to suffer defeat as the team cruised to a 7-3 session win.

The five-point success was a complete turnaround after GB&I had trailed 4-1 on the opening day.

"I'm delighted, especially coming back the way we did," said Montgomerie. "To win the singles 7-3 was a real team effort.

“I'm delighted, especially after Thursday to come back the way we did and win the four sessions in a row was fantastic, especially today,” said Montgomerie. “I was delighted for everybody, especially the two Welsh boys that they did well to win their games and tremendous for everyone concerned. It was a real team effort.

“Everyone got at least a point and contributed to a wonderful victory. To win the singles 7 3 is great. The matches were very close and we did very well, very well indeed and I'm very, very proud of the team.”

The GB&I captain believed the experience will be repeated for some of his players by stepping up to the Ryder Cup against the United States Ireland next year, adding: "I expect many of this team can look forward to playing at The K Club."

Olazábal's defeat of Montgomerie in the first match 2 and 1 was his only consolation.

“I'm proud of the team" said Olazábal, standing in for the unfit Seve Ballesteros as captain. "The Britain and Ireland team made a lot of putts. I expected each match to be much closer, but next time the boys are going to work their socks off and the rookies have learned a lot from this week."

First blood went to David Howell as he eclipsed Thomas Björn, 6 and 5, to secure his fourth point of the week.

Howell's Ryder Cup partner and also partner for the week, Paul Casey, soon followed-suit, drubbing Niclas Fasth 4 and 3 to be joint-top points scorer on the GB&I side.

Olazábal then made beat Montgomerie 2 and 1. Montgomerie's defeat, though, meant he now trails 3-1 individually after losing twice to Ballesteros and winning once in previous meetings.

Ian Poulter and Peter Hanson finished all-square in their match but the writing was on the wall for Europe when Stephen Dodd defeated Jean-Francois Remesy 2 and 1 and Graeme McDowell crushed Maarten Lafeber 5 and 4.

Dredge, without a point from his previous three matches, then closed out Europe at the 17th after Levet missed the green and then chipped into a bunker to bogey and lose his match 2 and 1.

The remaining ties were then academic. Paul McGinley beat Miguel Angel Jiménez one-up by dint of a 17th hole birdie. Emanuele Canonica's surprise 2-up defeat of Padraig Harrington made Europe's score look a little more respectable before Nick Dougherty and Henrik Stenson both conceded birdie putts on the last for a half.

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