Not England’s day at Muirfield

England Captain Jonathan Plaxton reports from day 2 of the Home Internationals at Muirfield;

“Having suffered a sound beating by Ireland on day one Scotland were clearly spoiling for a fight with England. Another 0730 start, for the first of five foursomes, meant an early start for the teams in what were very chilly but dry weather conditions. Sadly prior to play commencing Eddie Pepperell was declared unfit and subsequently had to go home on doctors orders. Matt Haines stepped in to partner Tom Sherreard and secure a half point which would turn out to be the only good news for England before lunch – 0.5 to 4.5 being the outcome of the foursomes series.
After lunch a determined approach to salvaging victory gradially faded to an attempt to save face and the result was already decided with five games still on the course. Farren Keenan aced the 7th hole on his way to a second last hole singles victory whilst Tom Sherreard remained unbeaten after 3 games. Todd Adcock was ‘mugged’ twice after surrendering a lead to first lose his foursome and then half his singles match. In the latter game his oppo finished eagle / birdie!
With the ‘tail enders’ once more delivering the points a closing birdie from Tommy Fleetwood secured his second singles win. Not even the surroundings of Muirfield on a glorious and almost windless afternoon could soften the blow of a 5 – 10 defeat by Scotland with Ireland setting up for Friday with a win over Wales. Nothing but a Friday victory, and by a wide margin, would give England any chance of the title.
Bring on Ireland was the unanimous sentiment of England’s remaining 10 players!

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