The U.S Walker Cup team were determined to get their own back on home soil following their bruising encounter with Great Britain and Ireland two years ago. The defeat at Royal Lytham was huge and revenge was clearly on their minds.
Whilst the morning foursomes ended 2-2, it was in the afternoon singles that the Americans showed their dominance. Winning six of the eight singles matches, The USA have found themselves in a commanding position after day one.
Yet perhaps the writing was on the wall early on as the American pairing of Collin Morikawa and Norman Xiong demolished Harry Ellis and Alfie Plant with a score of 8&7 in the first foursomes match. The margin of victory is one never before seen at the Walker Cup. This was more than revenge as the US pairing humiliated their opposition.
But the Great British and Ireland team fought back the end the session all square. What followed in the afternoon put the USA team into a lead that means the GB&I will need to produce a comeback worthy of a Hollywood movie. With Hollywood only a few miles down the road from the course, perhaps they might be inspired.
Dominating the afternoon singles with victories by Braden Thornberry, Norman Xiong, Collin Morikawa, Will Zalatoris, Doug Ghim and Maverick McNealy, the USA now have a four point lead going into the final day.
The key question is whether Great Britain and Ireland can recompose themselves and fight back? Battered and bruised they might be, but if Hollywood teaches us anything, never count out the underdog.