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British-Irish Golf Team Retains Seve Trophy - 2003-11-09

The Britain and Ireland golf team retained the Seve Trophy in Valencia, Spain, as they defeated the Continental Europe team 15-13 on Sunday.

Britain and Ireland clinched the match when Padraig Harrington sank a short birdie putt on the last hole to halve his singles match with Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal. The half point gave the defending champions an unbeatable 14.5 to 10.5 lead over Continental Europe.

Britain and Ireland led 10-8 overnight and got an extra point when Thomas Bjorn of Denmark withdrew from his singles against Englishman Paul Casey because of a neck injury. The final day's singles matches were split at 5-5.

Harrington also clinched last year's victory in his native Ireland when he beat Olazabal 3 and 2 to give Britain-Ireland the (14.5-11.5) victory. Olazabal, who was Seve Ballesteros' wild-card pick, didn't win a match during the four-day Ryder Cup-style series. Continental Europe won the inaugural Seve Trophy, named after Ballesteros, in 2000 in England.