- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 14, 2011

PARIS (AP) - Continental Europe will seek to end the domination of Britain & Ireland when the teams square off this week in the Vivendi Seve Trophy.

Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin says “it’s time to win for Europe” and sees “no reason why (they) can’t gain this trophy this year.”

Play starts with five fourball matches at Saint-Nom-la-Breteche on Thursday. Miguel Angel Jimenez will hit the first tee shot in honor of fellow Spanish golf legend Severiano Ballesteros, who died in May from complications related to a brain tumor.

Ballesteros created the biennal contest to help Europeans get more match-play experience outside the Ryder Cup.

Continental Europe won the inaugural contest in 2000 at Sunningdale in England before Britain and Ireland won it five straight times.

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