WALTON-ON-THE-HILL, England – Europe and the United States both won two matches and halved another to finish the opening round foursomes matches all square at the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath Golf Club.
The United States took an early lead when Brandon Hagy and Ollie Schniederjans won the opening match 2 and 1. The Americans took a lead they would never relinquish after Europeans Paul Dunne and Grant Forrest conceded the third hole. Hagy and Schniederjans pushed their lead to as much as 4-up during the match.
Europe would even the score when Thomas Detry and Jon Rahm defeated Trey Mullinax and Robby Shelton, 2 and 1. Europe took brief leads after Nos. 3 and 5 but the U.S. responded by winning the following holes to keep the standing at all square. Europe took the lead for good after the seventh hole and held a 3-up advantage for most of the back nine.
Ricardo Gouveia and Erik Oja gave Europe a 2-1 lead after downing Rico Hoey and Jack Maguire, 3 and 2. The Americans won the first hole and led 1-up until Europe claimed both Nos. 4 and 5. The U.S. would move the match back to all square the next hole but Europe would win the seventh. Europe pushed its advantage to 3-up after winning No. 15 before closing out the match by halving No. 16.
The two sides halved the fourth match. Pep Angles and Louis Tomlinson of Team Europe led for 11 of the first 13 holes and twice held advantages of 2-up early in the match. The United States team of Wyndham Clark and Anthony Maccaglia moved the match to all square at No. 14 and both teams parred their remaining holes.
Team USA won the final match, 1-up, to even the team standings following the foursomes round. Bryson Dechambeau and Stewart Jolly fell into an early hole when they conceded the first hole and lost the fourth, but five-straight holes won moved them to 3-up thru No. 9. Scotland’s Jack McDonald and James Ross battled back to 1-down after winnning Nos. 12 and 15. The Americans held on for the victory after both sides parred the last three holes.Second round four-ball matches tee off at 1:30 pm.
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