United States wins Walker Cup 17-9 over Great Britain and Ireland

 

The United States won back the Walker Cup from Britain and Ireland in a runaway that made up for a big loss two years ago.

Collin Morikawa, Doug Ghim and Maverick McNealy each went 4-0, a first in Walker Cup history, to lead the United States to a 19-7 victory Sunday at the Los Angeles Country Club.

Two years ago Britain and Ireland won 16 1/2-9 1/2 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. The 19 points for the Americans matched the most ever in Walker Cup history. That came in 1993 when the United States won 19-5 at Interlachen.

The United States went into the afternoon singles matches needing only 2 1/2 points to win the Walker Cup. They took command in most of the matches and never looked back.

Braden Thornberry the 2017 NCAA individual champion, rolled past Paul McBride, 6 and 5.

Stewart Hagestad, a junior member at LACC who played at Southern California, won 2 and 1 against Jack Singh Brar to clinch the competition.

The remaining matches just added to the winning margin for the US.

The Americans won seven of 10 singles matches Sunday, with two being halved.

Britain and Ireland coach Andrew Ingram said the Americans were “superb all week.”

Maverick McNealy was part of the losing team two years ago. He said bringing the trophy back to the United States was way more important than going undefeated.

“Our goal at the beginning of the week was to get that trophy and win this for Captain (Spider) Miller, and we did just that”, said McNealy.

Captain Spider Miller said he challenged each player before the afternoon single matches, telling them, “You have to win your match. Each one of you must win your match. We must win all ten matches.”

“I was as direct as I can be. We had a good lead but there was going to be no letting up. I expected each one of them to win”, said Miller.

With a win of 19-7, they certainly got his message.

 

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