Worksop pair taste Seve victory

Lee Westwood and Mark Foster in the GB&I Seve Trophy team
Lee Westwood and Mark Foster in the GB&I Seve Trophy team

MARK Foster clinched the vital point to help the Great Britain and Ireland team to victory in the Seve Trophy on Sunday.

Foster and fellow Worksop Golf Club product Lee Westwood were part of Paul McGinley’s side, who beat Continental Europe in Paris.

The GB&I team won 15.5 to 12.5, and Foster, delighted with his match play debut, paid tribute to the Irish skipper.

Speaking after his one hole victory over Raphael Jacquelin he said: “It was a brilliant experience. It feels amazing and I’m pleased for the boys.

“Paul’s a good captain, he was brilliant with me. I lost two games, one on Thursday and one on Saturday. He just kept saying to me, you would have won any other point.”

On day one the Worksop duo teamed up in the fourball match, playing together for the first time in their careers, but they were beaten by Anders Hansen and Francesco Molinari at the final hole.

They were paired again for Friday’s fourball against the same opponents, but this time won 5&3, going nine under par over 15 holes.

On Saturday morning Westwood teamed up with Scotsman Scott Jamieson in the foursomes against Spanish pairing Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal, the GB&I pair winning 4&3.

Having been rested in the morning, Foster was back in action in the afternoon partnering Ross Fisher, but lost out to Thomas Bjorn and Hansen, 3&2.

World number two Westwood and David Horsey partnered to victory over Jacquelin and Nicolas Colsaerts by 4&3.

The result looked a foregone conclusion going into the final day’s singles with GB&I leading 11.5 to 6.5, but the Continent of Europe won the first five matches, including Westwood’s battle with Bjorn.

Although the Worksop man was three up at the fifth, his opponent produced some excellent golf to win the sixth, seventh, 11th, 14th and 17th holes.

With Continental Europe threatening their first ever victory in the competition, Foster’s birdies at 14 and 17 helped him to a crucial point and GB&I to another trophy.