USA builds big lead in Junior Ryder Cup


GLENEAGLES, Scotland – Jordan Spieth won both his matches and the Americans coped just fine in tough weather at Gleneagles to build a 9-3 lead over Europe after the first day of the Junior Ryder Cup.

Spieth, who tied for 16th at the Byron Nelson Championship this year, teamed with Anthony Paolucci in the opening match for a 5-and-4 victory in foursomes over Albert Eckhardt and Kristoffer Ventura. The Americans captured five of the six morning matches.

Spieth and Alison Lee won a fourballs match as the Americans went 4-2 in the afternoon sessions.

The Junior Ryder Cup, played every other year for girls and boys under the age of 18, concludes Tuesday with 12 singles matches.