Khalid Javed’s tartan troubadors were no match for their French rivals at Carnoustie in the 29th Wryter Cup.
PGS captain Khalid had made no secret of his passionate desire to win back the Cup we lost in spectacular fashion last year at Chantilly.
But even his inspirational team talks could not produce the victory we all craved at the toughest course in the UK.
Khalid said: “We tried our best but it wasn’t meant to be. The French put out a very strong team and they have some great players.
“I’m very proud of the team and it was a privilege to be their captain.”
At the end of the first day foursomes and fourballs, played over the Buddon and Burnside courses, the PGS trailed by three points.
That meant Khalid had no choice but to front-load his singles team for the final day challenge over the brutal Championship course.
But the French, shrugging off the memories of Jean Van de Velde’s infamous capitulation at the 18th in the 1999 Open, proved too tough. They eventually closed out victory to win 20-12.
Jonny Bramley and Brian Lee v Jean-Jacques Brehier and Edouard Combette. L 2&1
Jon Jones and Ian Woods v Damien Houles and Guillaume Michel. L 2&1
Jamie Weir and Ben Monro-Davies v Remi Meyer and Frederic Stevens. L 1dn
Tim Allan and Roderick Easdale v Jean-Louis Aragon and Didier Largillier. W 6&4
Jono Baker and Colin Hancock v Laurent Louet and Alex Campi. Halved
Felix Duckworth and Jim Murray v Francois Scimeca and Davide Baroudh. W 3&2
Dylan Dronfield and Khalid Javed v Nicolas Doucet and Gilles Payet. L 1dn
Peter Solomons and Andy Glen v Christophe Lassault and Guillaume Baraise. L 3&1
PGS 2.5-APG 5.5
Dylan Dronfield and Jonny Bramley v Damien Houles and Jean-Jacques Brehier. L 2&1
Ben Monro-Davies and Brian Lee v Guillaume Michel and Remi Meyer. L 1dn
Peter Solomons and Jono Baker v Edouard Combette and Didier Largillier. L 4&3
Ian Woods and Jim Murray v Jean-Louis Aragon and Frederic Stevens. W 1up
Tim Allan and Colin Hancock v Francois Scimeca and Laurent Louet. L 1dn
Felix Duckworth and Khalid Javed v Alex Campi and Gilles Payet. W 4&3
Andy Glen and Roderick Easdale v Nicolas Doucet and Christophe Lassault. W 3&2
Jamie Weir and Jon Jones v Guillaume Baraise and David Baroudh. W 6&5
PGS 6.5-APG 9.5
Khalid Javed v Damien Houles. W 5&4
Jon Jones v Nicolas Doucet. L 5&3
Dylan Dronfield v Jean-Jacques Brehier. W 6&5
Ben Monro-Davies v Edouard Combette. W 5&4
Jim Murray v Remi Meyer. L 4&3
Roderick Easdale v Christophe Lassault. L 2dn
Felix Duckworth v Francois Scimeca. Halved
Jonny Bramley v Laurent Louet. L 1dn
Peter Solomons v Guillaume Baraise. L 5&4
Tim Allan v Alex Campi. L 6&5
Ian Woods v Gilles Payet. W 4&3
Jono Baker v Davide Baroudh L 4&3
Colin Hancock v Jean-Louis Aragon. W 4&2
Andy Glen v Didier Largillier. L 3&1
Jamie Weir v Guillaume Michel. L 5&4
Brian Lee v Frederic Stevens. L 2&1.
PGS 12-APG 20