European Golf Tour
PGA European - Seve Trophy Preview
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DATES: Thursday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 6th
SITE: Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, Paris, France
COURSE ARCHITECT: Fred Hawtree (1959)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,983
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 364 Yds10 - Par 4 456 Yds
2 - Par 4 417 Yds11 - Par 4 399 Yds
3 - Par 3 171 Yds12 - Par 3 209 Yds
4 - Par 4 445 Yds13 - Par 4 459 Yds
5 - Par 4 485 Yds14 - Par 4 369 Yds
6 - Par 4 437 Yds15 - Par 5 546 Yds
7 - Par 5 570 Yds16 - Par 3 153 Yds
8 - Par 4 422 Yds17 - Par 5 509 Yds
9 - Par 3 209 Yds18 - Par 4 363 Yds
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35 3,520 Yds36 3,463 Yds
 
Biennial:  8th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9-11:30 a.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 8 a.m-3 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Great Britain & Ireland
Series Record:  Great Britain & Ireland (6-1)
Format:  Thursday -- 5 Fourballs,
  Friday -- 5 Fourballs,
Saturday -- Morning:  4 Foursomes; Afternoon: 4 Foursomes,
  Sunday -- 10 singles
Captains:  Jose Maria Olazabal - Continental Europe
  Sam Torrance - Great Britain and Ireland
Total Purse:  $2,367,390 (1,750,000 euros)
Share:  Winning team (per player) - $135,286; Runner-up - $101,464 (per player)
 
Past Seve Trophy Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011GB&I (15 1/2) -- Continental Europe (12 1/2)
2009GB&I (16 1/2) -- Continental Europe (11 1/2)
2007GB&I (16 1/2) -- Continental Europe (11 1/2)
2005GB&I (16 1/2) -- Continental Europe (11 1/2)
2003GB&I (15) -- Continental Europe (13)
2002GB&I (14 1/2) -- Continental Europe (11 1/2)
2000Continental Europe (13 1/2) -- GB&I (12 1/2)
NOTE:Formerly called The Seve Trophy (2000-07), Vivendi Trophy
with Seve Ballesteros (2009), Vivendi Seve Trophy (2011).

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Continental Europe
Darkhorse - NA
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Charl Schwartzel) - Finished tied for 7th
Last week's Darkhorse (Emiliano Grillo) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The eighth installment of the Seve Trophy takes place this week, as players from across the pond battle it out. The event will feature fourball matches played on both Thursday and Friday, morning and afternoon foursomes on Saturday, and 10 singles matches on Sunday.

This will be the second staging of this tournament without Seve Ballesteros, who passed away in 2011. The Spaniard captained the first Continental European team in 2000 and beat Colin Montgomerie in singles to help his team win.

Scotland's Sam Torrance will captain the Great Britain & Ireland team. Torrance has 21 European Tour victories and has played on eight Ryder Cup teams. Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal will captain the Continental Europe team. Olazabal has 23 European Tour victories and has played on seven Ryder Cup teams. He won the Masters in 1994 and 1999, and also captained the victorious European team at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Three members of Europe's 2012 Ryder Cup team are playing this week - Nicolas Colsaerts, Paul Lawrie and Francesco Molinari. This year's event is being held at Saint-Nom-La-Breteche in Paris, France for the third time. Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez will be playing in this event for the eighth time. He is the only player to compete in every Seve Trophy.

Both the Continental Europe and Great Britain & Ireland teams will be made up of five players from the Official World Golf Rankings and five from The Race to Dubai not otherwise qualified. Each match will offer (one) 1 point to the winner. In case of a tie, the score will be a 1/2 point. The total number of points in play is 28 (18 points in doubles matches and 10 points in singles matches).

In 2011, Great Britain & Ireland won its sixth consecutive Seve Trophy. GB&I won by a final tally of 15 1/2 - 12 1/2, but it was much tighter than the final score indicated. Down five points at the start of Sunday's 10 singles matches, Continental Europe swept the first five matches to tie the proceedings. The final five matches were all close, but GB&I pulled out three 1-up wins and two halves. GB&I stormed out of the gates and led 4-1 after day one, but Europe came back to trail only 5 1/2 - 4 1/2 after day two. GB&I took control back and led 9-5 after morning matches on day three, and 11 1/2 - 6 1/2 following the afternoon matches.

In 2009, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell won the first two matches in singles for the Great Britain & Ireland team to clinch the victory. Great Britain & Ireland handed Continental Europe a 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 defeat to win this title for the fifth consecutive time.

In 2007, Nick Faldo's Great Britain & Ireland team won seven of the 10 singles matches on the final day and halved two more to beat Continental Europe for the fourth straight time. Heading into the final day, the Great Britain & Ireland team trailed by a point. But it picked up eight of the 10 available points in the singles matches to win 16 1/2 - 11 1/2, matching its winning score from 2005.

In 2005, Great Britain & Ireland won this event for a third straight time by taking six of the 10 singles matches from Continental Europe on the final day and halving two more. The win was secured before three pairings had even finished their matches when Thomas Levet conceded Bradley Dredge's par at the 17th hole to give GB&I a 15-10 lead. Only 14 1/2 points are needed to win, and captain Colin Montgomerie's team ended with a 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 victory.

In 2003, Padraig Harrington birdied the 18th hole in his singles match to give the Great Britain & Ireland team enough points to retain the trophy. With Harrington's halve with Olazabal and Ian Poulter's halve with Niclas Fasth, the GB&I squad defeated the Continental Europe team, 15-13.

The 2002 challenge saw GB&I come out on top, 14 1/2 - 11 1/2, as they made a 4-point lead heading into the Sunday singles hold up. Continental Europe won the first Seve Trophy in 2000 when they held off the GB&I team 13 1/2 - 12 1/2.

The European Tour moves to Portugal next week for the Portugal Masters, where Shane Lowry captured the 2012 title.

10/01 15:23:56 ET

As of October 1, 2013, at 03:24 PM ET