Seve Trophy

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Seve Trophy
Tournament information
Location 2013: Paris, France
Established 2000
Course(s) 2013: Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche
Par 2013: 71
Length 2013: 6,983 yd (6,385 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Match play
Prize fund 2013: €1,750,000
Current champion
Continental Europe
2013 Seve Trophy

The Seve Trophy is a biennial golf tournament between teams of professional male golfers; one team representing Great Britain and Ireland, the other team representing Continental Europe. The tournament is played in years when there is no Ryder Cup. The first competition was in 2000.

The Trophy is named after five times major winner Seve Ballesteros, the most successful golfer ever from Continental Europe who was one of the key instigators of the tournament. He made an exceptional contribution to the European Ryder Cup successes of the 1980s and 1990s, and came to be regarded as an exceptionally keen team man in a usually individualistic sport.

A sponsorship deal with the French media conglomerate Vivendi meant that the 2009 was known as The Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros, the 2011 event was the Vivendi Seve Trophy and the 2013 event was known as the Seve Trophy by Golf+.

Schedule[edit]

The event is played in years when there is no Ryder Cup. Initially this meant even numbered years, but because the 2001 Ryder Cup was postponed by a year due to the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, the Seve Trophy is now played in odd numbered years. In 2002 both events were played.

In 2000 and 2002 the event was played in April but since then it has been played in the autumn. In 2005, 2007 and 2013 it was held in the same week as Europe's Ryder Cup opponents, Team USA, took on the "International Team" in the Presidents Cup, while in 2009 and 2011 it was scheduled during the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.

The Seve Trophy is an "approved special event" on the European Tour. A week in the tour schedule is set aside for it, but the prize money does not count towards the Race to Dubai (previously the Order of Merit).

Format[edit]

The Seve Trophy is a team event for professional male golfers; one team representing Great Britain and Ireland, the other team representing Continental Europe.

In 2000 and 2002 the trophy was contested over three days (Friday to Sunday) with 8 foursomes/fourball/greensomes matches on each of the first two days (4 in the morning, 4 in the afternoon) and 10 singles matches on the last day. The format was therefore similar to that of the Ryder Cup except that there were less singles matches, since each team consisted of ten players, whereas in the Ryder Cup there are twelve players on each team. An unusual feature was the inclusion of one set of greensome matches.

In 2003 the trophy was extended to four days (Thursday to Sunday). On the first two days there were 5 fourball matches each day. The third day had 4 greensomes in the morning and 4 foursomes in the afternoon, with 10 singles matches on the fourth day. This format remained the same until 2013 when the greensome matches on the third morning were replaced with foursomes matches.

The winner of each match scores a point for his team, with ½ a point each for any match that is tied after the 18 holes. In 2000 and 2002 there were 26 points available and so 13½ points were required for victory. Since 2003 there have been 28 points available and so 14½ are now required for victory.

A foursomes match is a competition between two teams of two golfers. The golfers on the same team take alternate shots throughout the match, with the same ball. Each hole is won by the team that completes the hole in the fewest shots. A greensomes match is similar to a foursomes match except that both players tee off on every hole. Each pair then chooses one of their balls and alternate strokes are then played with that ball to complete the hole. A fourball match is also a competition between two teams of two golfers, but all four golfers play their own ball throughout the round rather than alternating shots, and each hole is won by the team whose individual golfer has the lowest score. A singles match is a standard match play competition between two golfers.

Team qualification and selection[edit]

Two captains are chosen by the European Tour. From 2000 to 2005 the captain was automatically one of the members of his team. Since 2007 they have been non-playing captains.

Eligibility for the Seve Trophy is similar that of the Europe team in the Ryder Cup. Players must be Europeans and be member of the European Tour.[1]

From 2000 to 2005 the captain had one "captain's pick", a player chosen at the discretion of the team captains, while in 2007 this was increased to two. However since 2009 team qualification has been based solely on qualification criteria:

Results[edit]

Year Venue Winning team Score Britain & Ireland captain Europe captain
2013 Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, France Europe Continental Europe 15–13 Sam Torrance José María Olazábal
2011 Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, France United Kingdom Great Britain & Republic of Ireland Ireland 15½–12½ Paul McGinley Jean van de Velde
2009 Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, France United Kingdom Great Britain & Republic of Ireland Ireland 16½–11½ Paul McGinley Thomas Bjørn
2007 The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort, Ireland United Kingdom Great Britain & Republic of Ireland Ireland 16½–11½ Nick Faldo Seve Ballesteros
2005 Wynyard Golf Club, England United Kingdom Great Britain & Republic of Ireland Ireland 16½–11½ Colin Montgomerie José María Olazábal
2003 Campo de Golf Parador El Saler, Spain United Kingdom Great Britain & Republic of Ireland Ireland 15–13 Colin Montgomerie Seve Ballesteros
2002 Druids Glen, Ireland United Kingdom Great Britain & Republic of Ireland Ireland 14½–11½ Colin Montgomerie Seve Ballesteros
2000 Sunningdale Golf Club, England Europe Continental Europe 13½–12½ Colin Montgomerie Seve Ballesteros

Of the 8 matches, the Great Britain & Ireland team have won 6 while the Continental Europe team have won 2.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Qualification criteria". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 

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