Scotland in strong Eisenhower Trophy start

2016 09 Saltire
• Scotland off to the perfect start in the Eisenhower Trophy
• Connor Syme is the joint leader in the individual event
• Scotland last won the Eisenhower Trophy in 2008


Scotland shot the joint-third lowest first round in Eisenhower Trophy history to lead the biennial tournament by one stroke after day one.

The team, which features Australian Amateur champion Connor Syme, Walker Cup winner Grant Forrest and Scottish Amateur Golfer of the Year Robert MacIntyre, posted 134 (ten-under-par) in Mexico – just three back from USA record of 131 in 2012.

With the two best scores of the three players counting towards the total, Syme shot a six-under-par 66, Forrest a 68 and MacIntyre a non-counting 69 as Scotland edged one clear of Australia.
"My strength today was accuracy off the tee" - Connor Syme

As a result, Syme co-leads the individual tournament alongside Poland’s Adrian Meronk – and said it was a strong showing off the tee that benefitted his and the team’s performance.

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“The key was to get it right off the tee, and then it would give you some chances,” said Syme, who made birdies on four of his opening six holes. “There’s a few par fives you can get up on, and my strength today was accuracy off the tee, so I had a lot of good opportunities.”

In 2014, the Scotland team of Forrest, Bradley Neil, Chris Robb and finished ninth and eight shots behind a winners USA – whose side featured now PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau.

And captain Clare Queen believes the trio are certainly capable of continuing their excellent first round showing.
"It’s been a really good first day" - Clare Queen

“The players know they have a good chance to do well here, and they are all pretty highly ranked in the world,” she said. “It’s been a really good first day, and that will give them more belief for the remainder of the championship.”

Scotland last won the Eisenhower Trophy in 2008 in Australia, when the team of Wallace Booth, Gavin Dear and Callum Macaulay saw off a USA side of Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel and Jamie Lovemark into second place.

Scotland :: Can they go on to win?

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