Fantastic Britain and Ireland were Not Able to Maintain an Benefit as they looked to regain the Walker Cup from the United States.
England’s Alex Fitzpatrick and Ireland’s Conor Purcell led in beating John Augenstein the opening foursomes along with Andy Ogletree 2 & 1 from the front.
And although the English pair of Harry Hall and Conor Gough beat Stewart Hagestad and Akshay Bhatia by the same score, beats Scotland’s Euan Walker and Sandy Scott and England’s Tom Sloman and Thomas Plumb abandoned the match score at 2-2 before eight afternoon singles matches.
Fitzpatrick and Purcell raced four up after eight holes were ahead by exactly the exact same margin with six to play with , but dropped the 13th then bogeyed the 15th to watch their cut.
But, Purcell pitch on the setup a very important birdie and success was secured using a par on the next.
“We understood that it was going to become a significant match and it was fine to receive a stage on the board for the rest of the boys to see,” said Fitzpatrick, whose older brother Matt, the five-time European Tour winner and Ryder Cup participant, was among a sizeable audience.
“They’re always going to return at us at some point but we had been playing excellent golf day and were equally confident in one another’s abilities.”
In terms of the existence of his brother, Fitzpatrick added:”I watched him sneak beneath the ropes on one of those tees and I was enticed to go and tell him to get back with everyone else but I let him away with that one.”
Walker and Scott held an early lead thanks to a birdie in the fourth but lost four of the next six holes without opponents John Pak and Isaiah Salinda making a birdie into a 2&1 defeat.
Gough and hall weren’t behind to Bhatia and Hagestad, before losing on the 17th, while Plumb and Sloman fought .
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