The battle for the Eisenhower Trophy got underway today at the World Amateur Team Championship, and after one round the United States hold a two-stroke lead over second place Scotland.

Of the three players from each of the 65 nations competing in this weekend’s event, only the top two scores are taken.

Leading the way for United States were Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark who shot a combined 10-under at Australia’s Royal Adelaide.

“After I made a 40-footer for a birdie on the first hole, I kind of just cruised from there,” said the 19-year-old Fowler. “It was a good day.”

Despite the United States’ current winning ways however, the results of this Thursday’s play are not exactly a good gauge as to where the teams truly stand.

In fact, the United States was the only team among the top five current teams who played a different course.

Other teams having success such as Puerto Rico, Wales and France all played nearby at The Grange.

“The boys got off to a really quick start and we held it in there,” said the United States’ captain Walter Driver. “But until we play both courses it’s hard to know exactly how you stack up against the field.”

The teams will alternate courses throughout the weekend.