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USA thump GB&I in Walker Cup

 

The United States has regained with a vengeance the Walker Cup they lost at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2015.

At the weekend they thumped Great Britain and Ireland 19-7 at the Los Angeles Country Club in one of amateur golf's premier matches.

GB&I started well enough by matching the Americans at 2-all after the foursomes on Saturday morning, but when the home side won the afternoon singles session 6-2 and took an 8-4 lead heading into day two, the writing was on the wall.

Clearly boosted by their Saturday success, the Americans came out with all guns blazing on Sunday to win the morning foursomes 3-1 and take the overall score to 11-2 before cleaning up in the afternoon's final series of singles matches, winning these by the overwhelming margin of 8-2 to secure one of their largest-ever victories.

Welshman David Boote was Great Britain's only winner in the singles matches on Sunday, but Robert MacIntyre and Scott Gregory both managed to halve their matches.

For the USA, Maverick McNealy, Collin Morikawa and Doug Ghim were the stars, each winning all four of their matches in what was an unprecedented feat.

McNealy, who is set to turn professional on Monday, described his week as "unforgettable".

"I think it started with the US team getting that big trophy which was our goal at the beginning of the week, he told the USGA.

I'm so excited to be part of the 2017 winning Walker Cup team. That's what's most important to me. I'm so glad we could win this for our team, win this for Captain Miller, and win this for the country.

"It's been unbelievable. I'll never forget this week. It's the end of my amateur career, but it means so much more than that to me, it's been incredible."

Captain Spider Miller, 67, who also captained the US team when they were defeated last time out at Royal Lytham and St Annes was clearly delighted with his team.

"They have conducted themselves greatly this week, they have done everything I've asked, and I'm very proud of them all," he said.

Home teams have won 11 of the past 13 Walker Cups, with Great Britain's last win in America coming in 2001.

Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.