USA left winless after first day

The top-seeded team from the USA was left winless after the first day of the International Crown.

During Thursday’s four-balls of the of the eight-team tournament, Taiwan completed a clean sweep of the much fancied Americans, with Yani Tseng holing a 12-footer for birdie on the final hole to hand her and her partner Phoebe Yao a 1-up win over Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson.

Earlier, Candie Kung and Teresa Lu beat Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr 4 and 3.

“There’s probably more pressure with being number one, but we all knew coming into match play that anything can happen,” Lewis said.

“It always comes down to one putt here and there.”

Tseng’s winning putt came moments after Lewis had an opportunity for birdie herself from a touch further out.

“I haven’t had this feeling for a long time,” Tseng said.

“I made that birdie putt, my hands were shaking.”

In the team tournament, two points is awarded for a win and one for a tie, and the Americans were the only outfit not to win a single point on the opening day.

“You just have to keep positive and try to find the good in the day,” Kerr admitted

“We’re going to be coming out guns a blazing. We have nothing to lose from here on in.”

Other results on the day saw Spain beat Thailand 5-4, Sweden triumph over Japan 6-3 and Australia thump Korea 7-2.

On Friday, the US will take on Spain and Taiwan will take on Thailand in the two Group A matchups, while Korea take on Sweden and Japan take on Australia in Group B.