England’s Alex Fitzpatrick led from the front by beating world No 1 Cole Hammer as Great Britain and Ireland claimed a lead Going in Royal Liverpool.
Degree with the United States of America after the afternoon foursomes won the day singles 5-3 thanks Conor Gough, Sandy Scott along with Scotland’s Euan Walker and the Caolan Rafferty of Ireland.
It might have been much better to captain Craig Watson’s side as Amateur champion James Sugrue dropped the previous two holes to slip to defeat to John Pak, while Tom Sloman and Conor Purcell were beaten by John Augenstein and Brandon Wu respectively.
Fitzpatrick recovered from being two down beat Hammer by two holes the 20-year-old impressing Ryder Cup player Matt along with his elderly brother using a critical birdie on the tee shot down the past, at a scrappy but enjoyable affair.
“I am delighted for him,” that the five-time European Tour winner said. “I thought he played pretty solid all day, his chipping was not up to this afternoon but he putted nicely so that was a large difference.
“He has ever been, in your face isn’t the perfect phrase, but he is not really scared of anything, he’ll take something on. It could be child against kids that are big and he’d shove over them.
“I did not really need to get involved, he has all this way on his own. I’m pulling out my hair out there saying,’why’s he hit that opportunity ?’ But I am not going to go drag him to the stove and state that is how you do it.
“He showed down the stretch if he hit some amazing shots that he can handle the pressure”
Alex, who had partnered Conor Purcell to a foursomes success over Augenstein and Andy Ogletree in the early hours, included:”It’s a bit of pressure I have to admit.
“It was a terrific match, ” he [Hammer] got one over on me at the US Amateur therefore that it was nice to get one back . He deserves to be world number one, he is such a good player when he is on form. I just happened to catch him.
“I felt as though I’ve been playing very well this week and felt up to the job so that I was happy when I noticed they put me out and watched his title.
“I enjoy challenges and now was quite a large one to face but I’m glad I triumphed.
“The support we’d all day was incredible and I’m pretty pumped”
Gough and fitzpatrick were the only two house gamers to delight in a 100 per cent record on the opening day, Gough having partnered Harry Hall to some foursomes triumph on Akshay Bhatia and Stewart Hagestad.
The singles wins Walker and Scott left amends to Isaiah and Pak Salinda, Walker beating Steven Fisk with 2 holes and Scott holding his guts.
The home side require six-and-a-half points and claim a win against the last seven contests on home soil and 10 singles matches to regain the decoration.
See day two highlights of the Walker Cup at 11.30pm Sunday on Sky Sports Golf
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