The magic half hour


Lewis watches his tee shot on 1

It was a day where the honour swung dramatically back and forth. After 1-1 in the morning foursomes England got off to a very good start. Fleetwood got it to 3 up early on in his match, as did Laurie Canter. Tom Lewis was up against tough opposition in short game master mind Nino Bertasio but kept things even long into the first nine, as did Eddie Pepperell in his match. Towards 15 and 16 though Tommy Fleetwood had all of a sudden gone back to 1 up, Canter was all square, Pepperell 1 down and with Lewis as well as Paisley 2 down things were looking really dark for England. But then it happened!

Tommy Fleetwood made a magic up and down from the water hazard on 17 which caused his opponent to three put. Lewis holed a birdie 3 on 16 which was followed by Bertasio going in the hazard on 17 which meant Tom was all of a sudden all square. Canter had won 16 and was now 1 up while Pepperell quickly won both 16 and 17 to stand on the 18th tee 1 up. Lewis and Bertasio continued on 19 not knowing what was going on behind. When Bertasio had put his 2nd shot in the woods Tom could secure a two put for his birdie 4, a score that not even Bertasios incredible 5 from a ballwasher type lie could match. Canter had won on 18 as did Pepperell which meant that Paisley’s lost point to Italian star Andrea Pavan did not matter. An incredibly close game thereby went England’s way and all players have reason to be proud of a really strong team effort.

Tomorrow is a different day altogether and no doubt the home crowds will be cheering for their side. England face Sweden in what could be a dream final. I know that it is, at least for the organisers! Follow the action by clicking on the link below!

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