Friday, July 27, 2018

Continentals overpower GB and I on second day to win St Andrews Trophy

The Continent of Europe team came from behind on the second day to overhaul Great Britain and Ireland and win the St Andrews Trophy  with a final scoreline of 15.5-9.5 at Linna Golf Club, Finland.
The continental side trailed by seven points to five after the first of two days of match-play in Finland but GB and I's lead was wiped out over the second morning foursomes which the Continent took 3-1 so that the teams started the final session of singles level at 8-8.
GB and I claimed the first point of the afternoon when Matthew Jordan beat Edgar Catherine 3 and 2 for GB and I to regain the lead at 9-8 but that was as good as it got for them. 
The continentals won seven and halved one of the remaining singles for a comfortable win overall, their biggest margin victory in the history of the tournament..
There were no Scots in the GB and I line-up.

The 2020 St Andrews Trophy match will take place at Royal Porthcawl on July 23 and 24.
Key Quote:
Craig Watson, Captain, Great Britain and Ireland
“The team is obviously very disappointed but if you look at the scoring by the Continent of Europe you can see we were up against a very high standard of golf. 
"This is the level that the players need to aspire to and achieve and when they look back on the performance there will be many learning points to take away.
“If you are to win a match like this you obviously need to make your fair share of putts when it matters. We just couldn’t match the Continent of Europe today. I don’t think we were complacent.

“The Continent of Europe played outstanding golf and deserve our congratulations. There was a great spirit displayed in the match and we have thoroughly enjoyed our time at this fantastic course.”





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