The United States team was leading the Britain and Ireland team by 3? points to 1? at the end of the first day's play in the Ryder Cup on the Royal Lytham and St.
GV PULL OUT: Nick Faldo of Britain TEES OFF at 17th ball onto green.
Small crowd by green
SV: Faldo putting ball stops close to hole
GV: Jack Nicklaus of United States plays iron shot
GV Tom Watson of United States on green: putt and misses
REPORTER: "Newcomer Nicky Faldo and Peter Oosterhuis were three down after three holes, and still three down after ten. The 11th was where their fortunes began to change. But the 15th they were all square. then, on the 17th, Faldo had to putt for Great Britain and Ireland's first, and as it turned out, only win of the day.
After that recovery, they'll need all that character for tomorrow's four-ball against Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, the two finest golfers in the world at the moment. Today they underlined the point, dismissing Tommy Horton and Mark James five four. The Americans were four up after just eight holes and, by the time the match ended on the 14th, they were four under par."
Other results Thursday (15 September): Dave Stockton and Jerry McGree (US) beat Neil Coles and Peter Dawson (Britain and Ireland) one hole;
Don January and Ed Sneed (US) halved with Tony Jaklin and Eammon Darcy (Britain and Ireland);
Lanny Wadkins and Hale Irwin (US) beat Bernard Gallagher and Brian Barnes (Britain and Ireland) 3 and 1.
With four five-ball matches scheduled for Friday (16 September) and 10 singles on Saturday, the United States team were hot favourites to retain the trophy, which they've lost only three times over the past 50 years.
REPORTER: DAVID CASS
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Background: The United States team was leading the Britain and Ireland team by 3Â« points to 1Â« at the end of the first day's play in the Ryder Cup on the Royal Lytham and St. Annes course in Lancashire, England. The American won two and shared another of the foursome matches in windy and cool conditions - but later admitted they could have lost all three. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson played superbly for the Unites States to beat Tommy Horton and Mark James five and four. Nick Faldo and Peter Oostwehuis scored the home side's only win, with a two and one victory over Ray Floyed and Lou Graham. David Cass of the BBC reports.