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Great Britain and Ireland reduce deficit after morning foursomes

Great Britain and Ireland reduce the deficit to a single point ahead of afternoon singles matches at the St Andrews Trophy

Grant Forrest and Connor Syme scored a point for GB&1 defeating Matthias Schwab and Guido Migliozzi 4&3
Grant Forrest and Connor Syme scored a point for GB&1 defeating Matthias Schwab and Guido Migliozzi 4&3

Craig Watson’s side won three of the morning foursomes matches to reduce the Continent of Europe’s lead in the St Andrews Trophy to a single point going into this afternoon’s singles at Prince’s.

The visitors were only able to pick up a half point this morning, with GB&1 now trailing 8½-7½ as the final part of the tournament gets underway.  

Ireland’s Stuart Grehan and Englishman Scott Gregory reduced GB&I’s deficit in the first match out on the course, convincingly beating Italians Luca Cianchetti and Stefano Mazzoli 5&4.

Grehan and Gregory took control of the match early on, sinking an eagle on the 2nd to go 1-up, before winning four out of the next seven holes to be 5-up at the turn.

Cianchetti and Mazzoli pulled one back with a birdie on the par 4 10th, only to lose the next hole. Their hopes of salvaging anything from the contest were dashed when the next three holes were shared to give Grehan and Gregory a vital point early in the foursomes.  

Scottish duo Grant Forrest (pictured) and Connor Syme scored another point for GB&1 shortly after, defeating Matthias Schwab and Guido Migliozzi 4&3.

Despite losing two of the first three holes, the Forrest and Syme recovered with wins on the 4th, 7th and 9th holes to be 1-up after completing the opening nine.

Schwab and Migliozzi won the 10th hole to return the match to all-square, only to lose four of the next five holes, with the Scots wrapping up the contest on 15th with a splendid eagle three.

GB&1 won their third match of the morning when Jack Hume and David Boote won by one hole against Victor Veyret and Robin Petersson.

Hume and Boote led for the majority of the match, but let a three hole lead slip going into the remaining four holes. However, a bogey four by Veyret and Petersson on the 17th was to cost the Continent of Europe the match, with the final hole being halved.

The final match between English pair Alfie Plant and Jamie Bower, and Spain’s Mario Galiano and Ivan Cantero Guiterrez was halved.

For scoring from the final afternoon singles please click here.