SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France (AP) — Continental Europe ended a 13-year drought in the Seve Trophy by defeating Britain and Ireland 15-13 on Sunday.
Francesco Molinari beat Chris Wood 3 and 2 in the last singles match to give Continental Europe the winning point, and its first victory since the inaugural contest in 2000. It had lost the last six meetings.
"They were determined to win," Continental Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal said. "Sometimes the determination helps and I think it did this time."
The teams were tied 9-9 at the end of play Saturday and were still level 12-12 after the first six singles matches on Sunday.
Simon Khan of England couldn't play because of a back injury, meaning his match against Thomas Bjorn was halved, while Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano rallied from two down after eight holes to split the point with Jamie Donaldson.
Nicolas Colsaerts birdied Nos. 15 and 17 to protect his slim lead and edge Paul Casey by a hole. Joost Luiten had won four matches in the competition, but lost 3 and 2 to Tommy Fleetwood, who went three up on the front nine.
Gregory Bourdy of France became the first player to win five points in a single Seve Trophy, making six birdies to rout Scott Jamieson 4 and 3.