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Friday, 19 March 2010
The Vivendi Trophy with Severiano Ballesteros - Round Two  (Getty Images)
The Vivendi Trophy with Severiano Ballesteros - Round Two (Getty Images)

Chris Wood rode his luck as he made it three wins out of three for Great Britain & Ireland against Continental Europe at The Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros in Paris.

Leading 6-4 after two sessions of fourballs Paul McGinley's side turned that into a 9-5 advantage in the morning greensomes.

After winning twice with Anthony Wall - not playing all day because of shoulder trouble - 21 year old debutant Wood had Ross Fisher as his new partner.

They beat the previously unbeaten pair of Dane Anders Hansen and Italian Francesco Molinari by one hole after a huge stroke of fortune at the 209 yard last.

Wood hit his tee shot into the pond on the right and then Fisher's shot was heading for more water behind the green, but stopped inches away by a railing.They were able to go to a drop zone, Wood chipped to two feet and they got the half they needed.

That came after Great Britain & Ireland had already added two more points.

First Robert Rock and Nick Dougherty defeated Robert Karlsson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño 5 and 4, then Ulstermen Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy came from two down after eight to beat Henrik Stenson and Peter Hanson 2 and 1.

World Number Five Stenson is the highest-ranked player on either side, but he went into the afternoon foursomes trying to avoid a fourth successive defeat.

Only Spaniards Miguel Angel Jiménez and Alvaro Quiros prevented a whitewash.

They faced Simon Dyson and Oliver Wilson, winners of their first two games and four out of five since first being paired together two years ago, and were all square with one to play.

Quiros then hit to three feet and Jiménez did not have to putt after their opponents bogeyed.

Dyson was still feeling some of the effects of the food poisoning that kept him in bed all day Wednesday and after originally being kept with Wilson for the foursomes it was announced he was being replaced by Rock.

Not that Continental captain Thomas Björn had a totally fit team. Dane Søren Kjeldsen had also suffered from an upset stomach and was rested during the morning.

Dougherty said: "I haven't been playing great and Rocky (Robert Rock) was saying he has been struggling a bit, but today we were phenomenal. I drove the ball great and Rocky's iron play was superb. We were six under, which is great in foursomes."

McDowell and McIlroy were eight under - and six under for eight holes from the ninth.

A spectacular bunker shot from McDowell that almost went in for eagle at the 16th was absolutely crucial.

"One of the best bunker shots I've ever seen," said 20 year old McIlroy. "We were really up for it this morning - we didn't like losing yesterday."

McDowell added: "Rory played fantastic. He holed some really, really key putts early doors."

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