USA Secures Emphatic Walker Cup Victory
THE United States regained the Walker Cup in emphatic fashion at Los Angeles Country Club, thrashing Great Britain and Ireland 19-7 in a one-sided match that offered redemption for US captain Spider Miller, who was at the helm when GB&I won two years ago at Royal Lytham.
There was never any chance of a repeat victory for the visitors. They shared the opening foursomes 2-2 but the home side dominated that afternoon's singles to open an 8-4 lead. They then won Sunday's foursomes 3-1 and the final singles matches 8-2 to secure a comfortable victory.
Welshman David Boote was the only British player to win a singles match on Sunday, while Robert MacIntyre and Scott Gregory both halved their matches. This was the 11th home win in the past 13 matches and every American player contributed at least a point.
The overall match was decided in bizarre fashion the opening singles as LACC member Stewart Hagestad got his revenge for a defeat on Saturday to a previously unbeaten Jack Singh Brar. Brar was forced to concede on the 17th when he grounded his club after failing to escape from a green side bunker.
Norman Xiong saw his chances to win all four of his matches come to an end when he had a double-bogey at the last against Scott Gregory, the Englishman making a four to square the match.
Collin Morikawa finished the match 4-0 after beating Ellis at the 17th. Moments later Doug Ghim, who lost the last two holes in the final of the US Amateur teammate Doc Redman, also finished with his fourth victory of the weekend.
“I’m so proud of all the players,” said the 67-year-old Miller, a two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion who said the 2017 Walker Cup would be his swan song in amateur golf. “They have conducted themselves great this week, they have done everything I've asked, and I'm very proud of them all.”
Maverick McNealy, the world's second-best amateur, will now turn professional and make his debut at the Safeway Open in October. He was a member of the team that lost two years ago, but enjoyed this one rather more.
“This course suits our game a lot more. The home team has had a huge advantage in the Walker Cups the last 20 years,” he said. “More important, however, was that this team was better prepared. We were fired up and ready to go and we were all ready to play and to compete starting on Wednesday. And we were focused and really well prepared through our preparation and I think that showed through the good start to these matches.”
McNealy played in the anchor match in all four series of matches. “It gives me more time to eat. And I’m an incredibly slow eater so I appreciate my team-mates giving me that little extra time to prepare and regroup and get some food down between rounds and that was huge for me those last few holes.”
The 47th Walker Cup will take place at Royal Liverpool in September 2019.
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