Connor Graham shines for Europe on 'day of two halves' in Junior Ryder Cup
Blairgowrie 16-year-old Graham and Irish team-mate Sean Keeling, winner of this year’s Scottish Boys’ Open at Lundin, found themselves six down at the turn against Jay Leng jnr and Billy Davis in the morning foursomes at Golf Nazionale.
But, to the delight of their captain, Graham and Keeling clawed their way back to secure a half point, with both players holing key putts down the stretch and celebrating what probably felt like a victory at the end in joyous fashion.
Playing alongside Rocio Tejedo in the top game, Graham secured another half point and will be back out with the same player in the solo fourballs session on Wednesday.
“It was a day of two halves,” said Gallacher, who is being assisted by GB&I boys’ selector Scott Knowles. “The foursome play is always so close and it was difficult for the players to find a rhythm. To end the day in a tie is a good and fair result, I felt we edged the morning session, and they were the better team in the afternoon.
“I’m so proud of all of my team, especially Sean and Connor this morning who refused to give in and showed incredible courage to come back from six down at the turn. It was evident that we won the morning session because of their score and the rest of the team fed of that energy.
“We have a great harmony in the group, and I could have paired anyone with anyone. Honours are even and we will try and win the two sessions tomorrow. Everyone is playing their own ball tomorrow and they will feel more comfortable with that so I am looking forward to another good day.”
For the first time, the deciding singles will be played on the Ryder Cup course - at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club - on Thursday.
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