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Seve Trophy 2013: Highlighting the Best Singles Players for Sunday

Matteo Manassero will be expected to lead Europe's charge to victory.
Matteo Manassero will be expected to lead Europe's charge to victory.Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Aidan ReynoldsContributor IIIOctober 6, 2013

While the fourballs and foursomes set up the teams for victory, the individual performances will win the Seve Trophy for Europe or Great Britain and Ireland. 

As we saw in 2011, overall rankings don't matter in this tournament. While Europe seem the stronger side on paper, Britain and Ireland have some quality players who could wrestle back control of the trophy.

Chris Wood has played some good golf for little reward in Paris.
Chris Wood has played some good golf for little reward in Paris.Stuart Franklin/Getty Images


Chris Wood, Great Britain and Ireland

Four years ago, Chris Wood surprised everyone by winning 4.5 of his Seve Trophy games to help Britain and Ireland to another victory.

While he hasn't been quite as successful this year, he has shown some good touch on his shots and will be looking for a good performance in the singles round.

Wood seemed set for a big year when he eagled the final hole of the Qatar Masters to take overall victory in January. However, since then he has played in just 10 events after being sidelined with chronic back problems.

He remains a huge asset to his team, however, and will also want to put himself into Ryder Cup contention. Look for him to make a meaningful contribution on the final day.


Matteo Manassero, Europe

As the highest-ranked player in the tournament—at No. 31—much will be expected of Matteo Manassero in the singles round.

The Italian has an excellent feel for the game and an inventive range of shots. He plays quickly and confidently, trusting his judgment around the course and putting pressure on his opponent.

At just 20 years old, Manassero is a prodigious talent. His partnership with Miguel Angel Jimenez in the foursomes will have helped him, and Jimenez should continue to mentor him whenever possible during this tournament.

Manassero is integral to Europe's victory chances as they bid to win the Seve Trophy for just the second time in its history.

Scott Jamieson has been a real bright spot for Great Britain and Ireland.
Scott Jamieson has been a real bright spot for Great Britain and Ireland.Stuart Franklin/Getty Images


Scott Jamieson, Great Britain and Ireland

With the pressure on, Scott Jamieson birdied the final two holes to secure a point for his team on the second day of the competition, beating Matteo Manassero and Francesco Molinari.

It was a remarkable comeback in a partnership with David Lynn that included three birdies on the final five holes. Prior to that, Manassero and Molinari were three holes up and seemed to be cruising to victory.

Jamieson's putting has been a strength throughout the competition, and it should serve him well going into the final day.

With some inexperience in the field, some ugly golf has been played in Paris over the first three days, with poor putting in particular. If this is down to nerves, then these errors in judgment will only continue.

The Scot has been doing as much as anyone to keep Britain and Ireland within touching distance of Europe. Now his team needs another solid day from him in order to take them the rest of the way to victory.


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