USA fight back in style to win Walker Cup

USA fight back in style to win Walker Cup

After the four morning foursomes were shared, the home side won five of the eight afternoon singles for a 7-5 lead in the two-day biennial contest against America.

Despite dropping the anchor match, though, the US team managed to steal the session, 2.5-1.5, and trails by just one point, 8.5-7.5, entering Sunday afternoon's 10-match singles session.

US Amateur champion Andy Ogletree then notched up another win for the U.S. after defeating Conor Gough 2&1 to make the score 14½-9½ and Akshay Bhatia pressed home the advantage further for Crosby's side after taking care of his match by 4&2 against the 2019 Amateur champion James Sugrue.

The USA retains the trophy after their 19-7 win at Los Angeles Country Club two years ago and now leads the overall series 37-9-1.

John Augenstein beat Thomas Plumb 4&3 in the afternoon's singles to clinch the cup for the United States, who had not won the competition away from home for 12 years.

In the other foursomes, Salinda and John Park beat Sandy Scott and Euan Walker 2 and 1, and Americans Brandon Wu and Alex Smalley edged Thomas Sloman and Thomas Plumb 2 and 1.

They came from two down after three holes to defeat Alex Fitzpatrick and Conor Purcell 2&1.

Stewart Hagestad and Akshay Bhatia put another US point on the board just moments later, closing out Harry Hall and Conor Gough, 3 and 2.

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They were four-up after eight holes and although the Americans cut the deficit in half by winning at the 13 and 15, the remaining holes were halved to give the home side the early breakthrough.

"Leading off, putting that first point on the board for the day was important", Wu said.

Scott then claimed a notable scalp for GB&I, defeating US Amateur champion Ogletree by one hole in a match where the Nairn golfer fired in six birdies.

Plumb and Sloman proved too much for Cole Hammer and Steven Fisk as they ran out 5&3 winners in the last foursomes match.

"I honestly thought that these guys would let their talent come to the surface", said U.S. captain Nathaniel Crosby, the 1981 U.S. Amateur champion, who was born and raised in Hillsborough.

Matt Fitzpatrick admitted he found it hard to watch - but he was all smiles at the end as his brother Alex won both his matches on a fine opening day for Britain and Ireland at the Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool. "I'm proud of all of them".

Pak finished with the best record of the weekend, 3-0-0, while Scott led Great Britain and Ireland at 2-1-1.

Casey started the final round one shot behind Bernd Ritthammer and Robert MacIntyre and played bogey-free for his 14th title on the European Tour.

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