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United States saunter to Walker Cup win

Updated: Monday, 09 Sep 2013 10:59 | Comments

Ireland's Kevin Phelan (pictured) enjoyed wins in both the foursomes and singles on the final day of competition at the two-day Walker Cup
Ireland's Kevin Phelan (pictured) enjoyed wins in both the foursomes and singles on the final day of competition at the two-day Walker Cup

The United States regained the Walker Cup on Long Island on Sunday with a ruthless performance that left Britain and Ireland with little chance.

America started the final day four points ahead and after sharing the morning foursomes to stay in front at 10-6, had the perfect platform ahead of the singles.

They cruised their way through them untroubled too, reaching the 13 1/2 points they needed when Nathan Smith toppled Nathan Kimsey in match five.

Smith took their head-to-head tussle 4&3 and that was indicative of how the whole tournament had gone.

Prior to that, Bobby Wyatt beat Neil Redmond 4&3 and then Justin Thomas drubbed Max Orrin 6&4.

Rising star Matt Fitzpatrick did see off Michael Weaver 3&2 for the visitors, but it was a drop in the ocean as Smith got the job done.

His victory ensured the 2011 loss in Aberdeen was firmly put behind the Americans, who now lead overall by a scoreline of 35-8, with one draw.

The match eventually finished 17-9 to the Americans.

US captain Jim Holtgrieve told the BBC: "Everybody played so hard as a team, there were no individuals here, all these guys gave their hearts and I can't say enough about them.

"I think Bobby Jones and the team of 1922 are all here today and saying good things about us."

Counterpart Nigel Edwards admitted: "They holed out a little bit better and the short shots, the distance control, is where they did us.

"If some matches yesterday afternoon had gone our way down 18 it could have been a lot different but we needed to do the simple things well this week, people have to hole putts and we haven't holed enough putts.

"One weekend doesn't make them bad golfers, hopefully we'll have a few available for two years' time, the ones who turn pro I'm sure they'll learn from this."

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