Junior Ryder Cup 2018

September 24-25, 2018

Golf Disneyland, Marne-la-Vallée, France

September 24-25, 2018

Golf Disneyland, Marne-la-Vallée, France

Day 1

United States takes lead over Europe

September 24, 2018

The United States will take a three-and-a-half-point lead into the final session of the Junior Ryder Cup after the first day of the biennial event at Golf Disneyland, in Paris.

United States takes lead over Europe after first day of 2018 Junior Ryder Cup, © Aurélien Meunier/Getty Images
Rasmus Hojgaard & Emilie Alba-Paltrinieri

- Aurélien Meunier/Getty Images

The two-day tournament, which comprises of two teams of 12 of the best male and female junior players from Europe and the United States, began this morning in the French capital with Foursomes – which saw the Americans take a 4-2 lead – followed by Mixed Fourballs this afternoon.

“You can't ask for any more drama; any more golf than that.," said US Captain Allen Wronowski. "The kids on both sides played so well. It was a perfect day."

“If you would tell me that we would have a three-point lead with the golf that's been played today on both sides, I would certainly take it. As Maj. Dan Rooney, PGA, CEO of Folds of Honor Foundation, likes to say, tomorrow ‘we're going to check the tires and light the fires.'”

After a strong start from the Europeans, which saw Austria's Emma Spitz and Sweden's Ingrid Lindblad grab the first point of the day 4&3 over Rose Zhang and Alexa Pano, boys Canon Claycomb and Ricky Castillo then earned the first US point of the tournament 4&3 over Spaniards David Puig and Eduard Rousaud Sabate.

The formidable US pairing of Lucy Li and Erica Shepherd grabbed an early 3-1 lead over England's Annabell Fuller and Sweden's Amanda Linner, only to see Europe tie it up quickly. But after taking six out of eight holes between the seventh to the 15 th , Li and Shepherd claimed a resounding 5&3 victory.

In a toe-to-toe match, American boys Cole Ponich and William Moll were level with English pair Robin "Tiger" Williams and Connor Gough, before winning the final two holes to claim a 2up triumph.

Elsewhere Danish twins Nicolai and Rasmus Hojgaard halved with Akshay Bhatia and Michael Thorbjornsen, while Italian duo Alessia Nobilio and Emilie Alba Paltrinieri finished all square with Yealimi Noh and Rachel Heck.

During the afternoon Mixed Fourball sessions the Europeans started brightly with a commanding 5&4 victory from Alba-Paltrinieri and Rasmus Hojgaard over Bhatia and Noh.

Following an excellent comeback from Rousaud and Lindblad – who birdied three of their five closing holes to halve with Castillo and Zhang – the Americans fought back with three consecutive victories from Ponich and Pano, Claycomb and Shepherd, plus Moll and Heck.

But it was Europe who had the final word with Williams and Fuller winning the last match of the day 1up – courtesy of a stunning finish of three birdies in three holes.

“It was a long day for us and all of the team fought so well," said European Captain Maïtena Alsuguren, "Unfortunately we are behind but they were all terrific matches and we finished on a positive which is very important, as we are in a position to be able to fight again.

“We really needed that final point otherwise we would have finished in a very bad way. That last match was so important for our team spirit.

“Tomorrow will be difficult but our guys are ready to go again in the morning. We saw some terrific golf out there today and I know there will be plenty more tomorrow.”

Tomorrow's final day singles, featuring all 24 players, will begin at 9.00am local time.

Europe 4 ½
Score
USA 7 ½
Monday Morning Foursomes
Emilie Alba-Paltrinieri
Alessia Nobilio
Halved
Yealimi Noh
Rachel Heck
Nicolai Hojgaard
Rasmus Hojgaard
Halved
Akshay Bhatia
Michael Thorbjornsen
Emma Splitz
Ingrid Lindblad
4&3
Rose Zhang
Alexa Pano
David Puig
Eduard Rousaud Sabate
4&3
Canon Claycomb
Ricky Castillo
Annabell Fuller
Amanda Linner
5&3
Lucy Li
Erica Sheperd
Conor Gough
Robin Williams
2 Up
William Moll
Cole Ponich
Monday Afternoon Fourballs
Nikolai Hojgaard
Alessia Nobilio
2&1
William Moll
Rachel Heck
Rasmus Hojgaard
Emilie Alba-Paltrinieri
5&4
Akshay Bhatia
Yealimi Noh
Eduard Rousaud Sabate
Ingrid Lindblad
Halved
Ricky Castillo
Rose Zhang
David Puig
Emma Spitz
2&1
Cole Ponich
Alexa Pano

Robin Williams
Annabell Fuller

1 Up
Michael Thorbjornsen
Lucy Li
Conor Gough
Amanda Linner
5&3
Canon Claycomb
Erica Sheperd