Hero Cup: Continental Europe seize 3-2 lead over Nice Britain and Eire after Friday fourballs | Golf Information

Francesco Molinari’s Continental Europe staff took a slender 3-2 lead over Tommy Fleetwood’s Nice Britain and Eire facet within the fourballs at Abu Dhabi Golf Membership; watch the Hero Cup reside on Sky Sports activities Golf

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Day one highlights from the Hero Cup at the Dhabi Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.

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Day one highlights from the Hero Cup on the Dhabi Golf Membership in Abu Dhabi.

Day one highlights from the Hero Cup on the Dhabi Golf Membership in Abu Dhabi.

Continental Europe secured a 3-2 lead after the opening day of the Hero Cup as course kind didn’t pay dividends for Nice Britain and Eire.

GB&I captain Tommy Fleetwood has tasted victory at Abu Dhabi Golf Membership earlier than, as have team-mates , Shane Lowry and Tyrrell Hatton, however all three didn’t contribute some extent for the pre-event favourites within the Friday fourballs.

Fleetwood and Lowry fought again from three down with 9 holes to play in opposition to Alex Noren and Thomas Pieters earlier than Noren’s birdie on the par-five 18th sealed a slender win, whereas Hatton and Jordan Smith additionally misplaced on the final to Thomas Detry and Antoine Rozner.

The one win for Fleetwood’s facet got here from Robert MacIntyre and Seamus Energy, who had been 10 beneath par in beating Sepp Straka and Adrian Meronk 4&3, with the opposite two matches ending tied.

“I feel it was a very good staff efficiency on the primary day,” Fleetwood stated. “I do know we might beloved to have completed the day and been the suitable facet of the scoreboard and been up.

“Unbelievable actually that 4 matches go down the final. Simply exhibits how shut the groups are by way of ranges.

Seamus Power and Robert MacIntyre scored an impressive win for Great Britain and Ireland in their match

Seamus Energy and Robert MacIntyre scored a powerful win for Nice Britain and Eire of their match

“I feel in the long run, to get out of that session 3-2, we’ll undoubtedly return to our staff rooms feeling the higher, I simply stated to the blokes, that is why these guys are on the again, belief them to get one thing out of it on the final and be very robust coming down that final gap.

“General, glad. I feel for everyone, that is the primary aggressive spherical this yr and I feel it went rather well – I believed all of us put in good performances.”

Within the different fourballs, Matt Wallace and Callum Shinkwin halved with Victor Perez and Guido Migliozzi due to Wallace’s birdie on the 18th, whereas Richard Mansell additionally birdied the final to make sure he and Ewen Ferguson halved with Europe captain Francesco Molinari and Nicolai Hojgaard.

 Antoine Rozner and Thomas Pieters were among the victorious Continental Europe pairs in the Friday fourballs

Antoine Rozner and Thomas Pieters had been among the many victorious Continental Europe pairs within the Friday fourballs

All 20 gamers will contest every session through the event with two units of 5 foursomes matches scheduled for Saturday and 10 singles matches on Sunday.

Molinari partnered Fleetwood to 4 wins within the 2018 Ryder Cup as Crew Europe triumphed, and the Italian additionally beat Phil Mickelson within the singles for an ideal 5-0 file,

“My guys did wonderful,” Molinari stated. “Clearly, it is a good begin – an extended method to go but it surely’s all the time good profitable a day, profitable a session.

Tommy Fleetwood & Shane Lowry misplaced to Thomas Pieters & Alexander Noren 1down

Tyrrell Hatton & Jordan Smith misplaced to Thomas Detry & Antoine Rozner 2down

Callum Shinkwin & Matt Wallace halved with Victor Perez & Guido Migliozzi

Ewen Ferguson & Richard Mansell halved with Francesco Molinari (Ita) & Nicolai Hojgaard

Seamus Energy & Robert MacIntyre beat Sepp Straka & Adrian Meronk 4&3

“I really feel actually fortunate. I’ve bought a staff that it’s totally straightforward to handle, plenty of good guys that get alongside properly, and we’re having a good time to date.

“Clearly the problem [on Saturday] is 2 periods so that you must be mentally prepared for that. Nonetheless, after the morning, that you must reset for the afternoon.”

Donald: Hero Cup very important for Ryder Cup preparation

Europe Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald is overseeing all three days of the Hero Cup, which successfully fills the hole left by the Seve Trophy.

Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald explains why the return of the Hero Cup will help with Ryder Cup preparations.

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Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald explains why the return of the Hero Cup will assist with Ryder Cup preparations.

Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald explains why the return of the Hero Cup will assist with Ryder Cup preparations.

“That was held eight occasions between 2000 and 2013 and gave captaincy expertise to future Ryder Cup skippers Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, Nick Faldo, Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn.

“It is actually essential to get this again on the schedule,” Donald stated.

“It’ll give us a possibility to be out right here, studying stuff, having these guys within the staff room collectively and having my vice-captains right here.

Saturday morning foursomes

Time (GMT) Nice Britain and Eire Continental Europe
3.35am Ewen Ferguson/Richard Mansell homas Pieters/Alexander Noren
3.45am Tommy Fleetwood/Tyrrell Hatton Sepp Straka/Thomas Detry
3.55am Callum Shinkwin/Matt Wallace Francesco Molinari/Nicolai Hojgaard
4.05am Jordan Smith/Robert MacIntyre Antoine Rozner/Adrian Meronk
4.15am Shane Lowry/Seamus Energy Victor Perez/Guido Migliozzi

“It is like a dry run for the Ryder Cup, but it surely’s so essential to get this again on the schedule and there are such a lot of constructive causes due to that.”

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There will likely be two rounds of foursomes matches on Saturday, with all 20 gamers that includes in each periods. 5 matches will happen within the morning, with 5 additional fixtures of the identical format later that day.

Each participant will then be concerned within the Sunday singles, the place 10 matches will happen. A complete of 25 factors can be found throughout the three days, with 13 factors required from both staff to change into the primary Hero Cup winners.

Watch Saturday’s double session of Hero Cup motion reside on Sky Sports activities! Dwell protection begins at 3.30am on Sky Sports activities Golf.

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