Dredge helps Britain and Ireland to retain Seve Trophy
by Associated Press
BILLINGHAM, England (AP) - Colin Montgomerie's Britain and Ireland team registered the biggest win in the Seve Cup, defeating Continental Europe 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 on Sunday.
Despite losing his opening singles 2 and 1 to rival captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Montgomerie's team won the singles 7-3 after losing the opening day fourballs 4-1.
It was the largest victory in the four Seve Trophy events. Britain and Ireland have won the last three.
Paul Casey and David Howell, a successful Ryder Cup pairing who won three of their four matches this week, each added a singles win.
Casey beat Niklas Fasth 4 and 3, while Howell scored the first point by routing Thomas Bjorn 6 and 5.
Wales' Bradley Dredge, who had lost his three previous matches, secured the winning point by beating Thomas Levet 2 and 1 to give his side a 15-10 lead.
"I was delighted that after losing Thursday's fourballs, we won four sessions in a row," Montgomerie said. "This is the strongest team we have had. It is an event you hate to lose as captain. On the Europeans' day, they were very capable of winning today."
Olazabal said putting was the difference
"I think we were outplayed and at the same time they were much, much better on the greens than we were," he said.