Saturday’s golf roundup: U.S. trails in Walker Cup
Lytham St Annes, England — Britain and Ireland enjoyed a 7-5 lead over the United States on Saturday after the first day of the 45th Walker Cup on the links of Royal Lytham and St Annes.
The hosts led 3-1 after morning foursomes in northwest England of the biennial amateur event before the eight afternoon singles were shared, with each side winning three matches and the other two halved.
“Given our start this morning I was pleased with the way we came back this afternoon,” United States captain John ‘Spider’ Miller said.
Scott Harvey, one of the senior members of the American team, won his singles by sinking a 55-foot putt at the 17th.
“There are 14 points available tomorrow, so being two down is not bad in the scheme of things,” Harvey said.
There was never more than one hole in it in the first match between Bryson DeChambeau and Ashley Chesters. The American twice went one up on the front nine only for Chesters to pull him back. After the lead switched hands, DeChambeau leveled with his fifth birdie of the match at the 16th and they parred the two closing holes to share the spoils.
Hunter Stewart was one down for the U.S. with three to play against Paul Dunne but birdied the 16th and 18th and parred the 17th, when Dunne three putted, to win the match by two holes.
South Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee kept the lead in stormy conditions in the Evian Championship at Evian-Les-Bains, France.
Lee shot 1-under 70 to reach 10-under 203. American Lexi Thompson was a stroke back after a 66.
Lee was paired with Morgan Pressel (71), and they went toe to toe until the par-4 18th hole, when the American made a double bogey after hitting her second shot in water.
Pressel had a 71 to drop into a tie for third with Lydia Ko (67) at 8 under.
South Korea’s D.H. Lee shot a 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead over Anirban Lahiri in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Lee had seven birdies and a bogey to reach 15-under 201. Lahiri had a 70.
Justin Hicks (Grosse Ile) shot 74 and is at 3-under 213. Tom Gillis (Lake Orion) shot 71 at 2-under 214.
The series features the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 from the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and non-members of the tour such as Lahiri who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible to receive points.
The top 25 players on Web.com regular-season money list earned 2015-16 PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for PGA Tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals and the final leader getting a spot in The Players Championship. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on their earnings in the series.