Continental Europe Captain José María Olazábal has stuck with the same five pairings, albeit in a different order, as he looks to build on the opening day’s success in the Seve Trophy by Golf+.
After taking the first fourball session 3 ½ - 1 1/2 on a fascinating day at St-Nom-La-Bretèche near Paris, Olazábal has kept faith with his five pairings while opposing captain Sam Torrance has reshuffled two partnerships in the Great Britain and Ireland team in a bid to claw back some ground.
While GB&I won the first point, day one certainly belonged to Continental Europe as they won three of the next four matches and halved the other.
Paul Casey and Simon Khan, who claimed a valuable half against the Italian pair of Matteo Manassero and Francesco Molinari, will lead the GB&I line on day two when they head out first against Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjørn Olesen.
David Lynn will partner Scott Jamieson in match two in the first shake-up against the Italian duo with Jamie Donaldson linking up with Marc Warren in match three against the only beaten European team of Thomas Björn and Miguel Angel Jiménez, the most experienced partnership of the Seve Trophy.
Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood, who narrowly lost to Ilonen and Olesen, face the form partnership of Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy while Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher, after going out first on day one, will bring up the rear against the opening day’s biggest winners – Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo-Fernandez-Castaño.
“We sat in there for an hour, all of us, and I couldn't see any reason to change anyone, but then I thought maybe just change Marc Warren and Scott Jamieson,” said Torrance after their team meeting. “They are very friendly, and sometimes playing with your best friend isn't the best thing. So I've split them up, we'll see.
“I see José has not changed any of his pairings, so obviously if it's not broken, don't change it. Obviously ours isn't broke, that's not why we changed it. We'll see.”
Olazábal’s meeting wrapped up far quicker. “I like what I saw,” he said. “I think the players were comfortable playing with each other. Most of them played really well. You know, as they say, if it's not broken, don't fix it. So the only thing I did was just change the order of play as to mix it a bit, but the pairings are staying the same for tomorrow.”
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