GB&I wins Walker Cup
Aberdeen, Scotland (Sports Network) - Great Britain and Ireland defeated the United States and won the Walker Cup Sunday for the first time since 2003.
The final score was 14-12 in favor of the GB&I team, and while the Americans rallied some in the 10 singles, the damage was done in Sunday morning's foursomes matches.
The GB&I side captured 3 1/2 points out of four and was up 10 1/2 - 5 1/2 with the singles to go. It could've been a clean sweep, but Jordan Spieth of the U.S. team made an 18-foot par putt on the last hole to prevent him and Patrick Rodgers from a loss.
The magic number for victory for the GB&I side was 13 1/2, and when England's Steven Brown halved his match with American Blayne Barber, that got the GB&I team to victory.
It was its first since 2003. The U.S. won the last three Walker Cups and came into this year's edition at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club as heavy favorites.
"I said to the boys at lunchtime that we haven't done it yet," said GB&I captain Nigel Edwards. "We had to get on with it because the Americans are great players. I had a lot of faith in these boys as I've said all week. They are a great bunch. They want to win. They have a lot of passion and desire."
After a 7-5 advantage after Saturday's first day, the GB&I stormed out in the foursomes.
Spieth's heroics led to a halve against Tom Lewis, who was low amateur at this year's Open Championship and led the tournament in the first round, and Michael Stewart.
It was all blue on the board after that.
Jack Senior and Andrew Sullivan beat Peter Uihlein and Harris English, 3 & 2. Paul Cutler and Alan Dunbar got by U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft and Barber, 3 & 2, then James Byrne and Rhys Pugh trounced No. 1 ranked amateur Patrick Cantlay and Chris Williams, 5 & 3.
Once it got to singles, the Americans showed life.
"Oh, gosh, these guys, they played so hard, and with so much heart," said American captain Jim Holtgrieve. "They went out and did exactly why they got on this team; because they know exactly how to play in competition, and that's what they showed this afternoon."
Russell Henley came off the bench and handled Lewis, 4 & 2. Spieth defeated Sullivan 3 & 2, then America Nathan Smith and Senior halved.
Stewart got the first full point for GB&I with a 3 & 2 victory over Rodgers. Uihlein beat Stiggy Hodgson, 2 & 1, but Pugh beat Kraft, 2 & 1 to get GB&I to 13 points and on the brink of victory.
Brown got that with his halve.
Williams toppled Dunbar, 1-up, and English bested Byrne, 2 & 1, to get the Americans closer.
Cantlay, with the outcome already decided, showed some moxie, winning the last four holes to earn a halve against Cutler.
09/11 17:33:52 ET