Britain's Lee Slattery says golf competition is 'a dogfight anyone can win'
The top British pairing of Callum Shinkwin and Lee Slattery need a win on the second day of the European Golf Team Championships to retain their ranking as men's gold medal favourites on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles.
Shinkwin and Slattery seemed to be coasting to victory over Spanish pair Santiago Tarrio Ben and David Borda but then almost had the match snatched from them.
From three up with six holes to play, the Britons were rocked as the Spaniards racked up three successive birdies.
It was all square going into the final hole - and Shinkwin and Slattery managed to halve it and stave off defeat.
All is not lost because this match play format is a round robin event, each pair playing three times.
There are four groups from which to qualify for the semi finals and final.
"We have to erase the 'being favourites' tag from our head," Slattery said
"Callum and I might have played the best over the last year, but there are still some good players here.
"It's a dogfight anyone can win."
Biggest victory of the day was Iceland's 6&5 win when Birgir Hafthorsson and Axel Boasson defeated Belgium's Christopher Mivis and Lars Buijs.
"I think we are a good mix. He can let it go and we just groove in," said Hafthorsson.