Walker Cup: United States produce superb comeback to retain trophy

By staging a superb fightback against Ireland and Great Britain to retain the Walker Cup at Royal 27, the United States justified their Standing as Favorites.

Before claiming six of the first seven singles matches to secure success with three games still to finish trailing 7-5 overnight, the people gained points out of the morning foursomes.
Scotland’s Sandy Scott enjoyed a superb 4 & 3 win over the previously unbeaten Brandon Wu but predominate for Caolan Rafferty, Euan Walker, Alex Fitzpatrick, Harry Hall, Conor Purcell along with Thomas Plumb condemned the home side to defeat.
The American victory came using a group which included future winners Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson and PGA Tour winners Kyle Stanley, Billy Horschel, Rickie Fowler and Chris Kirk in 2007.
Rory McIlroy along with Danny Willett were among the Great Britain and Ireland team that lost at Royal County Down by one stage.
After the US reduced their deficit to one stage the Walker Cup had looked set for a tense climax.
Fantastic Britain and Ireland won one of Tom and Plumb Sloman’s foursomes courtesy, that beat world # 1 Cole Hammer and Steven Fisk 4&4.
Walker and Scott fought back from two down with four holes to play to halve their match by Andy Ogletree and John Augenstein, however Fitzpatrick and Purcell dropped 2&1 to Wu and Alex Smalley along with Conor Gough and Hall were beaten 2 & 3 by Stewart Hagestad and Akshay Bhatia.
That left the home side needing five things out of the 10 singles of the afternoon games to retrieve the trophy.
But Sloman had recuperated from an early deficit to direct Fisk, fitzpatrick had increased home hopes by moving up two on Salinda to drop the next three holes in succession.
Since he wrapped up a 3 or 4 victory over Wu, even though at precisely the same time John Pak sealed a two & 1 victory against Walker scott produced birdies on the 12th and 14th.
The home side hopes were resting on Ireland’s Rafferty and England’s Gough, Rafferty trailing Smalley by a single with four to play with and Gough getting back to all square after 13 against Ogletree.
Rafferty was not able to finish the comeback along with his defeat, and coupled with Hall’s 53 reduction to Hagestad meant the United States were two points from success.
Hammer supplied the first of these using a 5 & 6 thrashing of Augenstein and Purcell made sure of keeping the trophy with a 3 or 4 win from Thomas Plumb.
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