Harry Kane sinks classy 18-foot putt but Spurs star and Ash Barty have day to forget as Team USA open up sizeable lead over Rest of the World at Icons Series
- Harry Kane sunk a monster 18-foot putt in the first day of the Icons Series
- The England captain lost in his two rounds of fourballs with Ash Barty and Canelo
- Reigning Wimbledon champion Barty retired from tennis earlier this year
- Team USA have opened up a five-point lead over Rest of the World in New York
- James Milner and George Gregan were the standouts for Barty’s team
Harry Kane is not just a sharpshooter in the penalty box, with the Spurs star sinking a huge 18-foot putt on an otherwise drab first day for the footballer and Ash Barty in the Icons Series.
Taking on former NBA star JR Smith and ex-baseball pitcher J Scholtz in New York, Kane kept his cool to slow home from a sizeable distance in the fourballs with retired tennis hero Barty.
Barty shocked the sporting world after announcing her retirement earlier this year aged just 25, citing her desire to chase ‘new dreams’ as a driving factor for walking away from the sport while at the peak of her powers.
The 25-year-old entered the Icons Series – which pits a team of sporting stars from the US against a rest of the world group – with much fanfare, having won a tournament in Brisbane in April.
However, the Aussie had an altogether miserable first day in the Big Apple, losing in the fourballs to their American rivals alongside Kane, before later falling to defeat with cricket icon Ricky Ponting against Reggie Bush and Michael Vick in another round of fourballs.
Barty and Kane picked up a point in the greensomes after seeing off Ben Roethlisberger and Marshall Faulk, although the England captain could not extend his winning run in his second round of fourballs with boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez. The duo lost to Faulk and Michael Strahan.
Kane and Barty suffered defeat in their round of fourballs in New York City on Thursday
Barty retired from tennis earlier this year but had a drab first day in the Icons Series
Former Australian rugby star George Gregan (L) and Liverpool veteran James Milner (R) were the standout performers for the Rest of the World as they fell five-points behind Team USA
Team USA boast a five-point lead over Team Rest of the World with a scoreline of 10-5 heading into the second and final day of the competition.
Liverpool veteran James Milner was the standout performer for the Rest of the World, winning both of his fourball rounds with Ponting and former Manchester United and Leeds star Alan Smith.
Wallabies hero George Gregan also won his two fourball rounds alongside AB De Villiers and Gavin Hastings.
As for Barty, she will be hoping to respond tomorrow and help her team mount an unlikely comeback in New York. Twelve singles matches are sandwiched by two rounds of fourballs to complete the event.