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Warren has a smashing time as Britain draw level

Nick Faldo was able to smile last night as his Britain and Ireland side levelled the Seve Trophy at 5-5 after the second day here, while stitched-up Scot Marc Warren was still around to play a part over the weekend.

When Faldo handed Warren a wild-card into the match against Continental Europe at The Heritage course, he had no idea of how literally the 26-year-old would take the tag. After an opening-day defeat, Warren went to his hotel room and in front of a mirror decided to have a look at his swing, not noticing that right above his head was an expensive chandelier.

Taking his five-iron, last season's Rookie of the Year on the European Tour shattered the glass and suffered cuts to his head, arms and a particularly nasty one to his stomach.

"It was about a centimetre wide and looked about a centimetre deep," said Warren. "I looked in the mirror and I was covered in blood. It was a bit of a shock. I had to sit down and calm myself down. I was a bit worried – I'd never done anything like that before, only hit a ceiling.

"I was only wearing a towel and I was swinging, admiring my physique. I won't be doing that again."

He added jokingly: "I was using a five-iron – it should have been a six because I would have missed it."

Warren had several stitches in his cuts and to his relief he felt well enough to play with Colin Montgomerie again in the second series of fourballs yesterday.

Warren even birdied the first two holes, but Frenchmen Raphael Jacquelin and Gregory Havret came storming back to win five and three.

For the second day running, Montgomerie and Warren were on the receiving end of the best scoring of the day. After Swedes Robert Karlsson and Peter Hanson had been 11 under, Jacquelin and Havret were 10 under.

By then, however, Welshman Bradley Dredge and England's Phillip Archer had already had their second victory together, this time defeating Hanson and Karlsson five and four. It was Dredge who did most of the damage yesterday with seven birdies.

Simon Dyson and Oliver Wilson then beat Danes Thomas Bjorn and Soren Hansen three and two, but Finn Mikko Ilonen and Austrian Markus Brier withstood a fightback from Nick Dougherty and Graeme Storm to win on the last hole.

That left only one game out on the course and Faldo's two top-ranked players, Justin Rose and Paul Casey, three up with six to play, hung on to beat Spaniards Miguel Angel Jimenez and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano by one hole when Casey made a closing five-footer.

"That's two days in a row we've come up against a team holing putts from everywhere," added Warren, now on the receiving end of jokes about his accident.

"I've taken a bit of stick," he admitted, "but that's only to be expected when you do something as stupid as that."