Britain and Ireland have captured the Seve golf Trophy from Europe at the Druids Glen course in Ireland, despite Spaniard Seve Ballesteros's continued singles mastery over Colin Montgomerie of Scotland.
Showing off a stunning short game Sunday, Europe captain Ballesteros held off rival captain Montgomerie for a one-up triumph in their opening singles match. But Ballesteros' team could not follow up on his success, as Britain and Ireland won the event 14-and-one-half to 11-and-one-half.
Britain and Ireland came into the final day of play needing just three and one-half points from the 10 singles matches.
Europe won five matches and halved another to gain revenge for its narrow 13-and-one-half to 12-and-one-half defeat when the event was first played in England two years ago.
In the other singles matches Sunday, Darren Clarke of Britain-Ireland defeated Thomas Bjorn of Europe, four and three, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Europe topped Paul Casey of Britain-Ireland four and three, Robert Karlsson of Europe edged Paul Lawrie of Britain-Ireland one-up and Andrew Oldcorn of Britain-Ireland halved with Niclas Fasth of Europe.
Lee Westwood of Britain-Ireland beat Raphael Jacquelin of Europe three and two, Padraig Harrington of Britain-Ireland defeated Jose Maria Olazabal of Europe three and two, Paul McGinley of Britain-Ireland topped Mathias Gronberg of Europe four and three, Thomas Levet of Europe edged Steve Webster of Britain-Ireland two and one and Alex Cejka of Europe smacked Ian Woosnam of Britain-Ireland five and four.