Continental Europe takes lead in Seve Trophy

SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France — Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano beat Scott Jamieson and Marc Warren 5 and 3 in the final opening fourballs match to give Continental Europe a 31/2;-11/2; lead over Britain and Ireland in the Seve Trophy on Thursday.

The teams of Joost Luiten-Gregory Bourdy and Mikko Ilonen-Thorbjorn Olesen also earned full points for Continental Europe. Luiten and Bourdy beat Jamie Donaldson and David Lynn 2 and 1, and Ilonen and Olesen edged Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood 1 up. Continental Europe's Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero halved their match with Paul Casey and Simon Khan. Britain and Ireland's Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher edged Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez 3 and 2.

Britain and Ireland has won the last six meetings after losing the inaugural event in 2000.

Reignwood LPGA Classic

At Beijing, American Jessica Korda and South Korea's Na Yeon Choi shot 9-under 64 to share the first-round lead in the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic.

Choi birdied her last four holes, while Korda matched her career-best round.

Stacy Lewis was tied for second at 68.


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