Europe extend lead at Seve Trophy
File picture shows Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 95th PGA Championship on August 9, 2013 in Rochester, New York
After the four foursomes' matches, in which teams use just one ball and take alternate shots, Jose Maria Olazabal's men led Great Britain and Ireland 8-6 after coming into the day 5 1/2 to 4 1/2 up.
It was the first time the Europeans had won a foursomes session since the creation of the tournament by Seve Ballesteros in 2000.
Olazabal's decision to send out Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castanao in the opening match kept the challengers in the lead as they halved their match against Paul Lawrie and fellow-Scot Stephen Gallagher.
Colsaerts, who has been one of the top performers for the hosts and evidently boosted by his performance at last year's Ryder Cup victory under Olazabal at Medinah, produced another almost flawless round.
His birdie at the par-four second put his team in the lead and they built a three-hole advantage after eight holes before losing their way.
Aberdeen native Lawrie, who went down in golfing folklore when he came back from ten shots down to win the 1999 British Open, again had a quiet day and it was left to Dubai Classic winner Gallacher to save the match.
The 39-year-old birdied the 15th, 16th and finally the 17th to tie the match before both pairings parred the par-4 18th for a morale-boosting draw.
Frenchman Gregory Bourdy and Dutchman Joost Luiten took the lead at the 16th for the first time since the second hole against Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Scot Marc Warren with a crucial birdie as they went on to win their third straight match 2 and 1.
Luiten again played a key role as the diminitive 2013 Dutch Open winner produced some pressure putting to take the burden off Bourdy, who like his partner was appearing in the Trophy for the first time.
England's Chris Wood played a massive role alongside Scott Jamieson of Scotland as the lanky Bristolian fired his best round of the competition.
Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen birdied the 15th to pull himself and Italian Francesco Molinari to within one hole but Wood replied with a birdie of his own at the 16th and when both teams birdied the 17th, it was enough to give Britain and Ireland their only victory of the morning, 2 and 1.
The last of the four morning matches saw charismatic Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez finally display his best form.
The pony-tailed Malaga right-hander, curled in a delightful birdie at 15, to help carry his partner Matteo Manassero of Italy to a one-hole victory over English pairing Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood.
The match came down to the final hole after Casey sank an eagle putt at the 17th but a wayward tee shot by Fleetwood at the last made it impossible to create another chance to win the hole and snatch a half point.
It marked Jimenez's first points of the tournament.
That final win leaves Europe in a strong position heading into the afternoon foursomes and a chance to extend their lead before Sunday's singles shoot-out.