Defending champion United States was eliminated 21/2-1/2 in the first round of the Dunhill Cup by France today, adding another bitter souvenir of a European trip for American golf.

The unseeded French team of Marc Farry, Jean Van de Velde and Emmanuel Dussart led from the very first hole of the medal-match play series to beat U.S. golfing millionaires Mark Calcavecchia, Curtis Strange and Tom Kite.