Team USA is five ahead with 24 singles to go


After having lost the Saturday’s foursomes, Team USA claimed eight of twelve four-ball matches to extend its lead to 20.5-15.5 at the Arnold Palmer Cup contested in a new format and at the Evian Resort Golf Club. But the match is far from being over, although the Americains only need  9.5 points to retain the cup while the Internationals require a minimum total 30.5 to reclaim it.
Starting this four-balls round just one point adrift, Team International got back to all square with the win (4&3) of the Italian pair Stefano Mazzoli/Lorenzo Scalis, and even claiming the lead by one three matches later. Then the young American squad got back on top of the leaderboard with the victories of Sophia Schubert/Lauren Stephenson (over Dewi Weber and Albane Valenzuela, Evian’s darling) and Shintaro Ban/Collin Morikawa.
If Olivia Mehaffey/Maddie Szeryik brought another point to the International side, the next five matches were an American affair, Team USA moving ahead and entering the final round 20.5/15.5. But the story isn’t over yet. PPH

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