U.S. coming out 'guns blazing' after Day 1 disappointment


OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Americans dug themselves a hole in their stunning shutout Thursday at the start of the International Crown.

Chinese Taipei, the eighth and lowest seed in the matches, swept the No. 1 seeded Americans in fourballs.

“Match play is kind of a funny thing,” American Cristie Kerr said. “You can play great and lose a match, or just hang around and end up making more putts and winning a match. So, I told the girls not to hang their heads because tomorrow’s a new day.

“There’s a lot of golf left this week.”

First, the American team of Kerr and Paula Creamer was routed, 4 and 3, by Teresa Lu and Candie Kung. Then the American team of Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson got beat, 1 up, by Yani Tseng and Phoebe Yao after Tseng holed a 13-foot birdie at the last hole.

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The Americans never led in either match. They were the only team in the eight-nation event to fail to score a point.

Lewis was asked what was learned.

“I guess we learned that those pairings didn’t work very well,” Lewis said. “But Lexi, I was proud of her. We hung in there. We couldn’t get many putts to fall, but we hung in there.”

The Americans will switch it up Friday in their two fourballs matches against a hot Spanish team that went unbeaten Thursday. The Spaniards won a match and halved another against Thailand. Lewis will team with Creamer Friday, and Thompson will team with Kerr.

“We’re going to be coming out guns blazing,” Kerr said. “We have nothing to lose from here on in. We have to fight as hard as we can fight.”