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Britain and Ireland take 3-1 lead over US in 1st day of Walker Cup

  • Cormac Shelton from Great Britain and Ireland play out of the bunker during day one of the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England, Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    Cormac Shelton from Great Britain and Ireland play out of the bunker during day one of the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England, Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • Jack Mcdonald of Great Britain and Ireland plays a shot during day one of the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England, Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    Jack Mcdonald of Great Britain and Ireland plays a shot during day one of the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England, Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • Hunter Stewart of the US plays out of the bunker on the 11th hole during day one of the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England, Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    Hunter Stewart of the US plays out of the bunker on the 11th hole during day one of the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club, Lytham St Annes, England, Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

The United States struggled in the windy conditions as Britain and Ireland took a 3-1 lead after the morning foursomes on the first day of the Walker Cup.

English pairing Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen claimed the first point for the home side with a 3 and 2 victory over Maverick McNealy and Hunter Stewart. Ireland's Cormac Sharvin and Scotland's Jack McDonald dominated Jordan Niebrugge and Robby Shelton, winning three of the first four holes en route to a 5 and 4 victory.

Beau Hossler and Denny McCarthy claimed the Americans' only point in the third match with a 3 and 1 win over Irish pair Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley. The second Irish pair of Jack Hume and Gavin Moynihan never trailed in their match against Lee McCoy and Mike McCoy before winning 3 and 2.