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The Seve Trophy is a biennial golf tournament between teams of professional male golfers representing Great Britain & Ireland and Continental Europe. It 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 means that the 2009 and 2011 events will be known as The Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros.

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Teams

Like the much older Ryder Cup, which is now played between teams representing the whole of Europe and the United States, the Seve Trophy is a team event played over three or four days, with two or three days of pairs matches (the precise formats used have varied) and a concluding set of singles matches on the final day. Major differences include the smaller size of the teams, which are ten strong, whereas in the Ryder Cup they are twelve strong, and the fact that there is prizemoney involved. Players are willing to play in the Ryder Cup for nothing because of its prestige, although they receive large indirect financial compensation from the boost that participation gives to their prestige and profile, but as a new event, founded only in 2000, the Seve Trophy needed to offer prize money to attract first rate players.

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Selection

Each team is selected as follows:

The first criterion is designed to select the biggest stars in European golf even if they do not play much in Europe (in practical terms, this means if they choose to play primarily on the U.S. based PGA Tour). The second criterion is designed to show some favoritism to players who show loyalty to the European Tour, which is one of the sponsors of the trophy.

Schedule

The event is played in September, 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 2005 and 2007, it was held in the same week as Europe's Ryder Cup opponents, Team USA, took on the "International Team" in the Presidents Cup. In 2009, the two team events did not conflict, but the Seve Trophy was scheduled opposite the final event of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, The Tour Championship.

Tour status

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).

Results

Year Venue Winning Team Score Losing Team Captains
2009 Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche 
(Paris, France
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
16½ 11½ Europe Continental Europe United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
Europe Thomas Bjørn
2007 The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort 
(County Laois, Ireland
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
16½ 11½ Europe Continental Europe United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Nick Faldo
Europe Seve Ballesteros
2005 Wynyard Golf Club 
(County Durham, England
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
16½ 11½ Europe Continental Europe United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Colin Montgomerie
Europe José María Olazábal
2003 Campo de Golf Parador El Saler 
(Valencia, Spain
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
15 13 Europe Continental Europe United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Colin Montgomerie
Europe Seve Ballesteros
2002 Druids Glen 
(County Wicklow, Ireland
United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
14½ 11½ Europe Continental Europe United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Colin Montgomerie
Europe Seve Ballesteros
2000 Sunningdale Golf Club 
(Berkshire, England
Europe Continental Europe 13½ 12½ United Kingdom Great Britain &
Republic of Ireland Ireland
United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Colin Montgomerie
Europe Seve Ballesteros

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