From left: Gwladys Nocera and Anne-Lise Caudal

The U.S. team picked up a shot at the first hole when Daniel rolled in a three-footer for birdie but they dropped a shot at the short fourth after a three-putt bogey.

A chip by Daniel to six feet set up a second birdie at the par-five ninth hole and the pair was at seven-under-par after nine holes. Mallon made a seven-foot birdie putt at the 10th hole followed by 20, 10 and five footers at the 12th, 13th and 16th holes respectively.

The USA dropped its second shot at the par-three 17th, when Daniel chipped six feet short of the hole and Mallon missed the putt but they recovered with a birdie on the par-five 18th.

The French team, paired with the US side, made three birdies and one bogey before Nocera rolled in a 35-footer for eagle on 18.

“We played really well today and it was good to finish like that because we deserve it, pretty much,” Nocera said. “I don’t say that very often but we played really well and it’s good to finish like that so we are pretty happy.”

The young Dutch team of Christel Boeljon and Marjet Van der Graaff remained in the hunt after a mixed round of six birdies and four bogeys.