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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 September 2005, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
GB and Ireland land Seve Trophy
Great Britian and Ireland's victorious Seve Trophy team
Wales' Bradley Dredge holed the winning putt as Great Britain and Ireland clinched the Seve Trophy against Continental Europe at The Wynyard.

Dredge's 2&1 win against Frenchman Thomas Levet took Europe past the 14 points needed to win the trophy.

GB&I went into Sunday's singles leading 9-8 and won six matches and halved two to end up 16-11 victors overall.

Colin Montgomerie's side trailed 4-1 after the opening fourballs but fought back for a third straight victory.

"The team did really well to come back as they did - and did better than I thought they would after that start," said Montgomerie, who lost Sunday's first singles match 2&1 to European counterpart Jose Maria Olazabal.

"Three wins in a row is great. This is the strongest team we have had. It is an event you hate to lose as captain.

"On the Europeans' day, they are very capable of winning."

Olazabal said: "I think we were outplayed and at the same time they were much, much better on the greens than we were.

"You look at the number of putts they made all week, that was the difference."

Despite losing the first match out on course, GB&I hit back when England's Paul Casey beat Swede Niclas Fasth 4&3 and England's David Howell trounced Dane Thomas Bjorn 6&5.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell put GB&I two points from victory with a 5&4 win over Dutchman Maarten Lafeber.

England's Ian Poulter then salvaged a half against Sweden's Peter Hanson after trailing by one with two holes left.

And Wales' Stephen Dodd took Europe to an unassailable 14 points which ensured they retained the trophy with a 2&1 win over Frenchman Jean-Francois Remesy.

After Dredge sealed the win, Ireland's Paul McGinley added another point with a one up triumph over Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez.

McGinley, runner-up to Kiwi Michael Campbell in last week's World Match Play, was two down with five to play.

Meanwhile, Padraig Harrington suffered a 2&1 defeat to Italy's Emanuele Canonica and England's Nick Dougherty and Swede Henrik Stenson shared a half in the final match.


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