Great Britain and Ireland’s true spirit saw them to a famous victory as they took the Walker Cup for the first time in eight years and only the eighth occasion in the history of the fantastic matches.
Seen as underdogs by all bar the team and its inspirational captain Nigel Edwards, the home side upset the formbook and secured their 14-12 win with three matches still to come in.
GB&I took a 10½-5½ lead into Sunday’s singles but despite holding the initiative, many of the matches still had the potential to swing either way. The nervy situation meant that Jack Senior’s brilliant birdie putt from the front of the 18th green to snatch an unlikely half against Nathan Smith was crucial.
Michael Stewart’s 3&2 win over Patrick Rodgers calmed down nerves and he was among several heroes, included the outstanding 17-year-old Rhys Pugh, who made it three wins out of three when he beat US amateur champion Kelly Kraft 2&1.
- Lewis lost to Henley 4&2
- Sullivan lost to Spieth 3&2
- Senior halved with Smith
- Stewart bt Rodgers 3&2
- Hodgson lost to Uihlein 2&1
- Brown halved with Barber
- Pugh bt Kraft 2&1
- Dunbar lost to Williams 1 hole
- Byrne lost to English 2&1
- Cutler halved with Cantlay
- Final score: GB&I 14-12 USA