The Great Britain and Ireland team have a 2 shot lead after the first days play in the Walker Cup at Hoylake. In the afternoon singles matches they won 5-3. Alex Fitzpatrick led from the front beating World Amateur Number one Cole Hammer and there were also wins for Conor Gough, Euan Walker, SandyScott and Caolan Rafferty, The score could have been even better for Craig Watson’s side but British Amateur championJames Segrue lost his match to John Pak on the last two holes.
Alex Fitzpatrick said “I felt I’ve been playing really week this week so I was pleased I went out forst and I played Cole Hammer. I enjoy challenges and today eas quite a big one to face but now I’m happy I succeeded. The support we’ve had all day was unvelievable and I’m pretty pumped right now. He is pictured being watched by his brother, European Tour pro Matt Fitzpatrick.
Great Britain and Ireland need 6.5 points from four foursomes and 10 singles to regain the tropny and claim a 6th win in the last 7 matches on home soil.