Golf: Fitzpatrick vows Walker Cup fight will go on

it was a frustrating day for Matthew Fitzpatrick and the Great Britain and Ireland team on the first day of Walker Cup action (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)
it was a frustrating day for Matthew Fitzpatrick and the Great Britain and Ireland team on the first day of Walker Cup action (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)

Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick will attempt to lead a comeback for Great Britain & Ireland on Sunday in the Walker Cup.

Fitzpatrick won his foursomes match alongside Neil Raymond in the morning against American pair Jordan Niebrugge and Nathan Smith 1up but lost his singles match 3&1 against Michael Weaver as the visitors trailed 8-4 after the first day at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.

The 18-year-old Hallamshire Golf Club member will once again partner Raymond against Weaver and Todd White before taking on Weaver again in the afternoon singles on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick, who was the Silver Medal winner for best placed amateur at The Open in July before winning the US Amateur title last month at The Country Club course in Brookline, Massachusetts, issued a rallying call to his teammates on Twitter.

He said: “Great to be part of a team like this!! We can turn it around tomorrow!!! #GB&I”

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