Ailing Spanish great Seve Ballesteros sent both sides his best wishes as Great Britain and Ireland closed on victory over Continental Europe at the Vivendi Trophy yesterday.
Ballesteros set up the biennial team competition, originally called the Seve Trophy, as a Ryder Cup tune-up event but was unable to attend this year as he is recovering following surgery to remove a brain tumour.
"It's great to see the sixth edition of the Seve Trophy," he said via a video message.
"I think it's one tournament I created due to how much I like match-play and thinking that it will help the players for the future Ryder Cups.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank the French public for supporting the tournament and I also thank the European Tour, and of course thank you very much to all of the media for all the support I have received throughout the years and all the respect. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart."
Paul McGinley's Great Britain and Ireland side are on the brink of retaining the trophy they've won five times in a row.
McGinley's men now need just 1.5 points from the remaining nine singles.
Northern Irish 20-year-old Rory McIlroy led Great Britain and Ireland out against world number five Henrik Stenson of Sweden, with fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell taking on Stenson's compatriot Robert Karlsson. Sapa-AFP