The United States of America wins The 47th Walker Cup match

Ruben Hill
September 10, 2019

Team USA won 2½-1½ in the morning's foursomes.

After being left out in the morning, world No 1 Cole Hammer was sent out first by Crosby against Fitzpatrick while there was also a first taste of action for Amateur champion James Sugrue against Pak.

Despite dropping the anchor match, though, the USA 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. "It's one round of golf; if we play well and he doesn't, we're going to win".

Craig Watson's side need six points from Sunday's foursomes and singles matches to win back the Walker Cup after losing to the United States of America two years ago at Los Angeles Country Club.

Although they dropped a hole at the 12, a birdie on the 15 restored their two-hole lead and they never looked back to give the visiting team its second point.

A battling half from Scottish duo Euan Walker and Sandy Scott in the foursomes had ensured GB&I took a slender advantage going into the singles, which featured all 10 players from both sides.

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

"I felt like we had the momentum coming into today, with how strong we finished yesterday", Smalley said. 14 and 16, thanks to two incredible second shots by Wu - a 300-yard 3-wood out of the rough to 25 feet to set up a two-putt birdie and a 230-yard 5-iron that settled 10 feet from the hole. Stewart Hagestad and Akshay Bhatia defeated English pair Harry Hall and Conor Gough 3&2, while world No. 1 Cole Hammer and Steven Fisk lost 5&3 to Tom Sloman and Thomas Plumb.

Any hopes of a fightback for GB&I were extinguished when John Augenstein defeated Thomas Plumb 4&3 to clinch the winning point and leave the U.S. in an unassailable position at 13½-9½.

"I honestly thought that these guys would let their talent come to the surface." said Nathaniel Crosby, captain of the USA team.

The previous American victory away from home came in 2007 with a team which included future major champions Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson and PGA Tour winners Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Kyle Stanley and Chris Kirk. We came from behind to get one and they came from behind to get a halve.

For the first time since 2009, Georgia Tech had a representative on USA team in Ogletree.

"I felt like I've been playing really well this week and felt up to the task so I was pleased when I saw they put me out first and saw his name [Hammer]", Fitzpatrick said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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