Several high-profile players are not in attendance for the defending champions, though. That includes Ian Poulter, who thrives at these team events. So the door is open for Europe. Let’s check out some Day 1 stars who will continue to play well and help end the drought. Francesco Molinari Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Molinari was struggling to make an impact through 11 holes. He hadn’t won a single hole, but luckily for Europe rising star Matteo Manassero was able to keep it close until the veteran found his form. And he finally did down the stretch. Playing fourball, the Italian won three of the final seven holes for Europe to earn a draw for his side. The hot streak finished at 18, where he carded a birdie to square up the match. It was a clutch run for a player who endured an up-and-down season. His ability to step up when it mattered is a testament to his experience in these type of environments. Whether it’s the Ryder Cup or the Seve Trophy, he’s been a yearly fixture for Europe and all those high-pressure matches are starting to pay off. Nicolas Colsaerts Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Colsaerts is a perfect player for team competition. Europe can pair the big-hitting Belgian with a more conservative player, as it did with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and let him take some chances knowing his partner can make up for any mistakes. After Day 1, which team is your Seve Trophy pick?
Seve Trophy 2013: Day 1 Stars Who Will Help Continental Europe End Drought
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