SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- The U.S. dug itself a 3-1 hole through the first session of the 27th PGA Cup on Friday at CordeValle, where they just couldn't get a whole lot going in Fourballs.
The Great Britain & Ireland players, meanwhile, seemed to make everything they looked at.
Coming off a 2&1 defeat in the morning session, the Ohio duo of Bob Sowards and Jamie Broce were very much looking forward to their afternoon Foursomes match against GB&I's Cameron Clark and Lee Clarke.
"It's important to get off to a fast start this afternoon," said Broce, making his PGA Cup debut. "With Bob and I, we'll probably hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and have some good looks at it. I'm thinking we can put a lot of stress on the team that we're playing and just be patient with the putter and roll the ball well."
Though the putts weren't dropping for the Americans in the morning, one thing was abundantly clear -- the U.S. has an advantage off the tee in terms of driving distance.
"I think it's safe to say we have an advantage in alternate shot because of our length off the tee," said Sowards, one of three PGA Cup veterans on the U.S. side. "We can get it over those cross bunkers. Jamie flies it further than me and I'm not short. We'll have a lot of short irons, which means we should have a lot of good looks, we just need to capitalize on it this time."
Despite the deficit, Sowards -- with all his experience -- said it's far too early for the U.S. to worry.
"My message to the team right now would be, 'hey, we could be leading by the end of the day,'" he said. "I know we're better ballstriker's than their team. Alternate shot, we should do well in that format, I would think."
Broce was admittedly frustrated after Friday morning's loss, but over a quick lunch he said it was over with and he was looking ahead to the opportunity in front of him during the afternoon session.
"I know everyone back home is rooting for us," said Broce. "It's fun. It's exciting. It's great playing with such a great player like Bob. He's just never going to quit and I'm the same way. We're going to come back out fighting in the afternoon and try to get us a win."
Sowards loves the fact that he and Broce are in the afternoon anchor match.
"For me, it's probably the most important match, because it's how we end," he said. "If we can win and get a red number on the board early and kind of let everyone know we're going to win that point, it's nice to end a day on a winning note. We're in a good position to be able to help the team a lot."