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Seve Trophy


The Seve Trophy is a competition between teams of male professional golfers representing Continental Europe and Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I). It is played every other year, in the years in which there is no Ryder Cup.

Golfers on both teams must be both European and members of the European Tour.

Each team is led by a team captain, usually an older (40s or 50s), retired or semi-retired player of achievement; each team captain selects one or more assistant captains to assist him.

Team captains are selected by the European Tour, which is the organizing body. Golfers are selected through an automatic qualifying process. The tournament was originally played in even-numbered years, but now takes place in odd-numbered years.

It is named after Seve Ballesteros, who originally ensivioned it as one way for European golfers to better prepare for the Ryder Cup. The Seve Trophy has sometimes been played the same week at the Presidents Cup, in which Europe's Ryder Cup foe Team USA plays against an International squad.

Seve Trophy Scores

Here are the results of every Seve Trophy yet played (click on the final score to view location, team captains, team rosters, and all matches):

Europe 15, GB&I 13
GB&I 15.5, Europe 12.5
GB&I 16.5, Europe 11.5
GB&I 16.5, Europe 11.5
GB&I 16.5, Europe 11.5
GB&I 15, Europe 13
GB&I 14.5, Europe 11.5
Europe 13.5, GB&I 12.5

Team Selection

Both sides in the Seve Trophy are comprised of 10 golfers. And both teams are selected (as of the 2013 tournament) based on a combination of the world rankings the European Tour money list:

  • Both teams are first filled with the five highest-ranked golfers (per side) in the world rankings
  • And the next five players on each side are the five highest-ranked golfers (per side) from the European Tour money list

Seve Trophy Format

The Seve Trophy currently uses a 4-day competition schedule. There are 28 matches total. As of 2013, the schedule is this:

  • First day: Five fourball matches
  • Second day: Five fourball matches
  • Third day: Four foursomes matches in a morning session; four more foursomes in an afternoon session
  • Fourth day: 10 singles matches

Related tournaments:
Presidents Cup
Solheim Cup


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