Britain and Ireland hold slim 3-2 lead
VERSAILLES, France -- Britain and Ireland held a slender 3-2 advantage over Continental Europe after Thursday's opening fourball session in the Vivendi Trophy team event.
Karlsson was playing his first competitive round in four months after suffering retinal problems in his left eye.
Although last year's European No. 1 was the more successful of the two Swedes, the duo had no answer to Wall's tally of one eagle and three birdies and the four birdies by the 21-year-old Wood as the Englishmen dovetailed perfectly.
"You could see Robert was rusty and you've got to feel for him because he is such an awesome player," Wall told reporters.
"Hopefully he'll get better and better again because Europe need him [in the 2010 Ryder Cup]."
Anders Hansen of Denmark and Italy's Francesco Molinari stopped the rot for skipper Thomas Bjorn's men by seeing off Englishmen Robert Rock and Steve Webster 4 & 3, a dominant Hansen picking up seven birdies.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, a former Lancome Trophy winner at the hosting St Nom la Breteche course, and fellow Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano then beat Englishmen Ross Fisher and Nick Dougherty 2 & 1.
"Chris Wood and Anthony Wall were a big surprise today, beating Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson so emphatically. That was a great boost for us," McGinley told reporters.
"But Rory and Graeme are leading my charge to the trophy, that was always my plan. They were my first pair out and were brilliant.
"They are definitely a potential Ryder Cup pairing for next year and perhaps for many more years," added McGinley.
Bjorn said his players appeared nervous before the start. "I know they are all experienced but the opening ceremony, sitting around [for three days] ... before they started seemed to affect our team," said the Dane.
"At one time it looked as though it would be a bit of a disaster. I told Miguel and Gonzalo on the eighth 'we need a point from you two' and they responded.
"The spirit is good when you consider a couple of them took a beating and we're not trailing by much," added Bjorn.
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