USA Dominates GB&I To Win Walker Cup

Harry Ellis and Alfie Plant suffered a heavy loss in the foursomes on Saturday

Xiong plays at OR and Morikawa at California. "We're not getting ahead of ourselves, I can tell you that". That came in 1993 when the United States won 19-5 at Interlachen.

It was close only for a short time, on Saturday morning, when GB&I played the Americans to a 2-2 tie.

The home side only need to claim a further five and a half points of the 14 available on Sunday to claim the trophy back from the defending champions Great Britain and Ireland. Singh Brar and Gregory have also played foursomes golf for their country.

"It's something special and you can't really explain what it is, I wasn't really nervous on the first tee, in the first shot for the US on Saturday morning, but you just kind of are excited and thrilled that you can get out there and hit a tee ball for your country", said Morikawa, a 20-year-old playing at Cal.

Americans Maverick McNealy and Doug Ghim also teamed for a win in foursomes and then won their singles matches. Will Zalatoris was a 2 up victor over Matthew Jordan, and Ghim defeated David Boote, 2 and 1.

The overall match was decided in freakish fashion the opening singles as LACC member Stewart Hagestad got his revenge for a defeat on Saturday to a previously unbeaten Jack Singh Brar.

It took an 11-5 lead into Sunday's singles and deftly completed its task, winning eight of 10 matches, to avenge a seven-point loss for USA captain Spider Miller and one of his players, Maverick McNealy, in 2015.

"I've never really gone undefeated in one of these team events", he said.

Braden Thornberry thrashed Paul McBride 6 and 5 to put the United States 12-5 in front, before Norman Xiong halved his match with Scott Gregory.

"I think it starts with the USA team getting that big trophy, and that was our goal at the beginning of the week".

"I couldn't be more proud of these guys", USA captain Spider Miller said. I'm so glad we could win this for our team, win this for Captain (Spider) Miller and win this for the country. "So it's kind of a natural pairing as such, and it just blends very well".

David Boote was the only Brit to win a singles match on Sunday, beating US Amateur Champion Doc Redman. "The home team has had a huge advantage in the Walker Cups the last 20 years", he said.

"The feeling in the camp is one of disappointment, really", GB&I acting captain Andrew Ingram said, "although we are disappointed we still think we can win".

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