Wonderful Britain and Ireland were unable to claim an early Benefit as they Appeared to regain the Walker Cup from the United States in Royal Liverpool.
England’s Alex Fitzpatrick and Ireland’s Conor Purcell led in the opening foursomes, defeating John Augenstein along with Andy Ogletree 2 & 1 from the front.
And even though the English set of Harry Hall and Conor Gough beat Stewart Hagestad and Akshay Bhatia from the same score, defeats for Scotland’s Euan Walker along with Sandy Scott and England’s Tom Sloman and Thomas Plumb abandoned the match score at 2-2 ahead of eight day singles matches.
Fitzpatrick and Purcell raced four up were still ahead by the exact identical margin with six to play, but lost the 13th then bogeyed the 15th to see their cut.
But, Purcell’s excellent pitch on the 16th setup a birdie and victory was secured using a par on the second.
“We knew that it was likely to be an important game and it was nice to get a point on the board for the remaining boys to see,” said Fitzpatrick, whose older brother Matt, the five-time European Tour winner and Ryder Cup player, was among a sizeable audience.
“They were always going to return at us at any stage but we were playing good golf day and were equally confident in one another’s abilities.”
In terms of the presence of his brother,” Fitzpatrick added:”I saw him sneak beneath the ropes on a few of the temptations and I was enticed to go and tell him to get back with everybody else but I still let him off with this one.”
Without opponents John Pak along with Isaiah Salinda creating a single birdie on their way into a 2 & one defeat, walker and Scott held an early lead thanks to a birdie in the fourth but dropped four of their next six holes.
Hall and Gough were never behind to Hagestad and Bhatia, while Sloman and Plumb fought against Brandon Wu and Alex Smalley before finally losing on the 17th.
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