Shot-clock penalty costly as USA exit GolfSixes

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A time penalty proved costly for the United States as they made an early exit from the inaugural GolfSixes at Centurion Club in St Albans on Saturday.

This week's innovative European Tour event sees teams of two representing their country in six-hole greensomes contests, with both players in a team hitting tee shots before an alternate-shot format is utilised.

Each hole has its own theme and the USA fell foul of the shot clock on the fourth in their match against Wales, when Paul Peterson incurred a penalty that ensured he and David Lipsky were pegged back.

That match was duly halved and the USA's victory over Portugal, who had already qualified, proved immaterial as Australia claimed the second qualifying slot in Group C. Had the US beaten Wales, they would have progressed at Australia's expense.

Hosts England joined Denmark in making it through from Group A, while Thailand and Scotland were the top two in Group B.

The quarter-final line-up was completed by France and Italy, the qualifiers from Group D.

England will now face Italy in the quarter-finals to kick off Sunday's knockout stages, with Denmark taking on France, Thailand meeting Australia and Scotland going up against Portugal.