Seve Trophy. Continental Europe Cruise On Day 1. October 03 2013

Continental Europe cruised through the first day of the Seve Trophy in Paris, to lead by two points on Day 1. Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy   (Getty Images) Joost Luiten & Gregory Bourdy celebrate their win / Getty Images Things started well for GB&I as Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher beat veteran duo Miguel Angel Jiménez and Thomas Björn 3 and 2 to give Great Britain a& Ireland a win in the opening match and an early lead at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche. Then it all changed as Continental Europe were leading in the remaining four fourballs, and finished the day in dominant style at 3 ½ points to 1 ½ points. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Nicolas Colsaerts beat Marc Warren and Scott Jamieson, then Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjørn Olesen survived a nerve jangling finish to defeat Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood on the 18th, that defeat ending Chris Wood's unbeaten record in the Seve Trophy event. Francesco Molinari then birdied the last to ensure he and Matteo Manassero snatched a half against Paul Casey and Simon Khan, a welome half, as Joost and Gregory beat Jamie Donaldson and David Lynn 2 and 1. Continental Captain José Olazábal was delighted with his teams performance, especially Joost and Thorbjørn; "The way the youngsters played, Joost played extraordinarily well today and made a bunch of birdies, Thorbjørn also played very well. It was a great experience for them but the main thing is to win points and I think the team is really happy today." Joost added; “It was a good match, we made three birdies in the first six holes and were only 1 up. You win two and you're 3 up after nine, and the back nine, we didn't play great, but it was good enough.” Thorbjørn spoke about the pressure of this format; "It's a different kind of pressure than we normally have, you play for the team and want to win for the team. We were looking pretty good and then hit a couple of bad shots and put ourselves under pressure but lucky enough we finished it off." GB&I Captain Sam Torrance said his team had played well, and hopes the luck will be with his boys tomorrow; "They played very well, our boys played very well too but they made a few more birdies than us. Our turn tomorrow. You put your best match out first and they stood up to be counted with a great win, Fleetwood and Wood had a great comeback and that could have gone either way. It looked like 4-1 down and it almost could have turned to 3-2 ahead but that's golf." Paul Lawrie said he and Seve Trophy rookie Stephen Gallacher had combined well; "It's always nice to win, obviously there is a little bit more pressure when you are going out there first, you want to get a point on the board which we managed to do and we both combined very well today." Not surprisingly, José  has decided against shuffling his pairings around for the second day fourballs, while Sam has paired David Lynn with Scott Jamieson and Jamie Donaldson with Marc Warren.  The Line up for the fourball matches on second day of The Seve Trophy. Paul Casey & Simon Khan v Mikko Ilonen & Thorbjørn Olesen David Lynn & Scott Jamieson v Francesco Molinari & Matteo Manassero Jamie Donaldson & Marc Warren v Thomas Björn & Miguel Angel Jimenez Tommy Fleetwood & Chris Wood v Joost Luiten & Gregory Bourdy Paul Lawrie & Stephen Gallacher v Nicolas Colsaerts & Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño