Yet Sam Torrance, who captained the GB&I side at Saint-Nom-La-Bretche, believes the experience could prove invaluable in their quest to make next year's European Ryder Cup team.
Despite the 15-13 loss, Torrance was impressed with the contribution of Stephen Gallacher, Scott Jamieson, Paul Lawrie and Marc Warren in France and he is sure his compatriots will flourish if they make it on to Paul McGinley's side for the biennial match with the United States at Gleneagles in September. Not only that, the former European captain feels their presence in Perthshire would greatly increase the chances of a home victory.
"I was very pleased with how all the Scottish boys performed in the Seve Trophy," said Torrance. "Stephen, Scott and Marc all played really well. They have got a lot of game. I'm sure that being a part of the Seve Trophy will help them if they do make it on to the European team for the Ryder Cup. Hopefully, it will have inspired them.
"The pressures of playing in the Seve Trophy are obviously not as big as those involved in the Ryder Cup, but it definitely gives an insight into what goes on. Playing in Scotland, I know we are going to get a huge support at the Ryder Cup next year. But it would help us a great deal to have a Scot, or Scots, on the team."
Having played for Europe in the Ryder Cup on two occasions in the past, at Brookline in 1999 and at Medinah last year, the Seve Trophy was nothing new for Lawrie. It was, though, a reminder of what a classy competitor the former Open champion still is and underlined what he would contribute if he made the European side.
"Paul is playing beautifully," enthused Torrance. "He swings the club so well. On top of that he has a very strong mind. And he is as fit as I have ever seen him. He works very hard on his game and is desperate to make the team."
Torrance's surprise appointment as GB&I captain for the Seve Trophy at the grand old age of 61 has led to speculation that he himself will be actively involved at Gleneagles.
The Largs man refused to be drawn on rumours he will be appointed one of McGinley's vice-captains. "I know nothing about that," he exclaimed. Nevertheless, the tournament showed that he has, despite not playing regularly on the European Tour for over a decade, not lost touch with the new generation of players. "I didn't know what to expect beforehand," he admitted. "But it was fantastic. They were a great bunch of kids. They all made me feel very welcome.
"I am often asked: 'Do you think the players of today have as much fun as you did in your day?' Well, if they asked me again the answer would be an emphatic: 'Yes'.
"There is no alcohol involved now, but the players are all great mates. There are a lot of wind ups and carrying on. I'm kind of an anorak. I keep in touch with the tour and know who all of the players are. I love to watch golf. And I didn't have to introduce myself."
Whether he is part of the European set-up or not, Torrance is confident McGinley will do a superb job as captain next year.
He has been taken aback by the attention to detail the Irishman, who holed the winning putt when Torrance was captain at The Belfry in 2002, has displayed. "Paul has been fantastic," he said. "He is meticulous. He has not left a stone unturned. I can't believe some of the stuff he has been doing behind the scenes. He is doing everything he can to get the hotel right, the course right, the team right."
McGinley last week announced he will delay naming his three wild card selections by a day to avoid upsetting players competing in the FedEx Cup event The Deutsche Bank Championship. "Paul has a very keen eye and he is 100% correct to do that," added Torrance. "He is a great people person."
Torrance will be in Glasgow next month to lend his support to the Brick by Brick Appeal being run by the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.
He will be the special guest along with his old friend Gordon Strachan at a Sporting Lunch at a city centre hotel. He is looking forward to meeting up with the Scotland manager. "I have known Gordon since I played golf with him when he was at Aberdeen a good 30 years ago," the lifelong Celtic fan recalled.
"Like everyone in Scotland, I've been delighted at the way he has got the national team playing since taking charge.
"To beat Croatia twice, home and away, was incredible. Remember, we had only taken two points from our qualifying campaign when he took charge. He is very fiery. He plays with great heart."
The same could have been said about Torrance in the Ryder Cup.
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