By beating world No 1 Cole Hammer Because Ireland and Great Britain claimed a two-point lead Going at Royal Liverpool, england’s Alex Fitzpatrick Directed in the front.
Level in 2-2 with the United States of America after the afternoon foursomes won 5-3 thanks to the day singles to successes from Fitzpatrick and compatriot Conor Gough, Sandy Scott and Scotland’s Euan Walker and Ireland’s Caolan Rafferty.
It may have been better for captain Craig Watson’s aspect as British champion James Sugrue lost the last two holes to slip to conquer John Pak, whereas Conor Purcell along with Tom Sloman were beaten by John Augenstein along with Brandon Wu respectively.
Fitzpatrick recovered from being two down beat Hammer by two holes at a affair, the impressing Ryder Cup player Matt and his elderly brother using a birdie on the 15th along with nerveless tee shot down the final.
“I am thrilled for him,” the five-time European Union winner said. “I thought he played pretty solid throughout the day, his chipping wasn’t up to this afternoon but he putted well so that has been a big difference.
“He’s ever been, in your face is not the perfect phrase, but he is not really fearful of anything, he will take something on. It might be kid against large kids and he’d push over them.
“I didn’t really wish to get involved, he’s got all this way by himself. I am pulling my hair out there saying,’why is he hit on that shot’ But I am not likely to go drag him into the stove and state that is how you do it.
“He demonstrated down the stretch when he hit some terrific shots that he can handle the pressure.”
Alex, who had partnered Conor Purcell into a foursomes victory over Augenstein and Andy Ogletree in the early hours, included:”it is a little pressure I have to admit.
“It was a excellent match, ” he [Hammer] got one over on me at the US Amateur so that it was nice to receive one back on him. 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 just like I’ve been playing really well this week and felt up to the job so I was happy when I noticed they put me out and saw his name.
“I like challenges and now was quite a large one to confront but I am happy I succeeded.
“The support we had all day was incredible and I am pretty pumped”
Gough and fitzpatrick would be the only two home players to enjoy a 100 percent record on the opening afternoon having migrated Harry Hall to a foursomes triumph over Stewart Hagestad and Akshay Bhatia.
The singles wins Scott and Walker made amends to their defeat to Pak along with Isaiah Salinda, Walker beating Steven Fisk with 2 holes along with Scott holding his nerve to beat Ogletree around the 18th.
Six-and-a-half points are needed by the home side from Sunday’s four foursomes and maintain a win against the previous seven contests on home land and 10 singles matches to regain the trophy.
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