US take early Junior Ryder Cup lead

US hit the front

US take early Junior Ryder Cup lead

The United States claimed a narrow lead after the first session of the Junior Ryder Cup in Chicago, winning the morning foursomes by 3.5 to 2.5 points.

Europe's wins at Olympia Fields Country Club, Illinois, came from Austria's Matthias Schwab and Germany's Dominic Foos, who combined for an emphatic 5&4 win over Scottie Scheffler and Robby Shelton, and Sweden's Victor Tarnstrom and Italy's Renato Paratore, who defeated Gavin Hall and Jim Liu 3&2.

England's Toby Tree and Ireland's Gavin Moynihan halved the opening match at Olympia Fields with Cameron Champ and Beau Hossler.

The United States have won the last two contests, claiming a three-point win two years ago at Gleneagles and an amazing 22-2 success in Kentucky in 2008.

The biennial competition has helped launch the careers of the likes of Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Nicolas Colsaerts, who are all on the European team seeking to defend the 'senior' trophy at Medinah, starting on Friday.

US take early Junior Ryder Cup lead

European Junior Ryder Cup Captain Stuart Wilson