Sunday 11 December 2016

GB & I in control

BERNIE McGUIRE

Published 18/09/2011 | 05:00

On a day British Open champion Darren Clarke asked to stand down, Irish Open winner Simon Dyson stood tall yesterday to stake his claim for Ryder Cup selection as GB & I put one hand on the Vivendi Seve Trophy at St Nom-la-Breteche.

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Paul McGinley's men powered through the morning greensomes to stretch their lead by four points. Then with Clarke looking on from the sidelines, McGinley's men won the afternoon foursomes, with Dyson chipping in for eagle at the 17th as GB & I went into the final day 11½-6½ ahead over Jean van de Velde's Continental Europe team.

Clarke asked McGinley to stand down due to poor form after he and England's David Horey had been 2-up mid-way yesterday morning but eventually had to settle for a half in their match with Swedish pair Peter Hanson and Alex Noren. World No 2 Lee Westwood then teamed up with Horsey to win their afternoon encounter 4&3.

All 20 players will be action today for the singles, with McGinley's side now needing to only win three points for the captain to retain the title and deliver GB & I their sixth successive victory.

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