Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
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Americans rally to win Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool

Americans rally to win Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool

After heading into Sunday's match down two points, the Americans picked up a point in morning foursomes and then trounced Great Britain and Ireland, taking eight of 10 singles matches for a 15 1/2-10 1/2 victory at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Having pulled back in the morning foursomes, the visitors "won" the singles 8-2.

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.

However, the likes of world No 1 amateur Cole Hammer and Brandon Wu might have found more inspiration from the last team to win overseas at Royal County Down in 2007.

John Augenstein beat Thomas Plumb 4&3 in the afternoon's singles to clinch the cup for the U.S., who had not won the competition away from home for 12 years. And John Augenstein and Andy Ogletree, 2 up with four to play, hung on for a halve with Sandy Scott and Euan Walker.

Hall and Gough were never behind to Hagestad and Bhatia, while Sloman and Plumb fought hard against Brandon Wu and Alex Smalley before eventually losing on the 17th. Smalley missed that putt, but the Americans still took the hole and their first lead. The 18 was halved in par to give both sides a share of the spoils.

Augenstein hit back for the Americans with a 2&1 win over Ireland's Conor Purcell making it 4-3 in the match overall.

Similarly, Alex Smalley and Brandon Wu dictated play for the United States of America in their match against Somerset pairing Thomas Plumb and Tom Sloman, picking up wins on the seventh and 10 holes to go two-up.

Captain Craig Watson's decision to pair compatriots Scott and Walker looked promising as they birdied the third, fourth and fifth in the second game to be one up on the seventh tee.

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

That left the home side needing five points from the afternoon's 10 singles matches to regain the trophy.

Pak finished with the best record of the weekend, 3-0-0, while Scott led Great Britain and Ireland at 2-1-1. "I'm proud of all of them".

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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