The Continent of Europe edged closer to a victory in the Jacques Leglise Trophy at Prince’s, Kent after winning the morning foursomes 3-1 against Great Britain and Ireland.
The visitors only need 1½ points from this afternoon’s singles matches to win the match outright.
Maximilian Schmitt and Falko Hanisch continued their excellent form with a convincing 5&4 win against Toby Briggs and Mark Power.
The match was a closely contested encounter for the early stages, but Schmitt and Hanisch grasped control of proceedings after winning five holes in a row from the 8th. Briggs and Power responded with a win on the 13th, but a bogey five at the 14th handed the German duo the victory.
Marco Penge and Alex Fitzpatrick survived a fightback from Swedish pairing Marcus Svensson and Pontus Nyholm to narrowly win by one hole.
The Englishmen were 3up after completing the 11th hole but a concession on the 12th and an eagle by the Swedes on the 15th reduced the lead to one hole and set up a close finish. However, a par at the last ensured that they closed out the match to collect a crucial point.
Adrien Pendaries and Edgar Catherine secured another point for The Continent of Europe with a hard fought one hole win against Charlie Strickland and Harry Goddard.
Alejandro Aguilera Martin captured a third point for Jeroen Stevens’ side with a magnificent long-range putt on the 18th, the Spaniard and Kristoffer Reitan completing a fantastic comeback to defeat Kevin LeBlanc and Jamie Stewart by one hole after being four holes behind after the 10th.
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