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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 November, 2003, 14:18 GMT
GB & Ireland retain title
Singles results (GB&I in bold)
Colin Montgomerie (left) congratulates Justin Rose
Montgomerie bt Ballesteros, 5 & 4
Howell bt Cejka, one hole
Garrido bt Lawrie, 3 & 2
Jacobson bt Westwood, 2 & 1
Olazabal drew with Harrington
Fasth drew with Poulter
Casey bt Bjorn (retired)
Rose bt Jacquelin, 3 & 2
Jimenez bt Davis, 2 & 1
Garcia bt Price, 4 & 3
Great Britain and Ireland retained the Seve Trophy on Sunday by claiming the 14.5 points they needed to beat Continental Europe in Valencia.

Europe started the day 10-8 behind and suffered an early blow when Thomas Bjorn was forced to concede his match against Paul Casey because of a neck injury.

Great Britain and Ireland captain Colin Montgomerie then set the tone for his side by beating counterpart Seve Ballesteros 5 and 4.

And Irishman Padraig Harrington secured victory by sinking a short birdie putt on the 18th to halve his match with Jose Maria Olazabal.

Spaniard Ignacio Garrido earned Europe's first point of the day with a 3 and 2 victory over Scot Paul Lawrie.

But Englishman David Howell put the visitors back on track by edging a tight affair with Germany's Alex Cejka by a hole.

Howell's compatriot, Justin Rose, then secured another win for Great Britain and Ireland by beating Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin 3 and 2.

Harrington then secured the crucial half against Olazabal.

I won't be celebrating tonight - it's not the way I would have liked to get a half
Padraig Harrington
The Irishman had beaten the same opponent a year ago to win the trophy for Great Britain and Ireland.

Yet the match between the two friends this year was tinged with controversy.

On the third hole Harrington, 10 feet away in three at the par five, thought Olazabal should have waited for the referee to decide if he could repair a couple of marks on the line of his eight-foot putt.

Olazabal had already started the repairs and when Harrington spoke to him the Spanish star conceded the hole.

Harrington later said: "It's not worth losing a friend over, but we had 15 very awkward holes after that - big-time.

"I was not trying to question his integrity, but that's what he thought and I can 100% see his side.

"I certainly won't be celebrating tonight and it's not the way I would have liked to get a half."

Olazabal said: "I don't want to spend any time talking about it.

He (Ballesteros) is a fantastic competitor and match player - probably the best match player ever
Colin Montgomerie
"We had a difference of opinion and I'm not going to waste any more time talking about it."

Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez took the last two singles, beating Phillip Price (4&3) and Brian Davis (2&1) respectively.

Montgomerie's victory over Ballesteros was particularly sweet as he had lost to the Spaniard on the two previous occasions that the Seve Trophy has been played.

"He (Ballesteros) is a fantastic competitor and match player - probably the best match player ever," Montgomerie said.

"I'm glad I managed to pull through in the end."




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