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US retain Walker Cup with win at Royal Liverpool

Walker Cup: United States produce superb comeback to retain trophy Americans rally to win Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool
Shannon Reynolds | 11 September, 2019, 06:24

The United States of America won the 47 Walker Cup match after defeating Great Britain and Ireland 15½-10½ at Royal Liverpool today.

Scotland's Sandy Scott, who defeated Brandon Wu 4&3, and Tom Sloman, who won his match against Steven Fisk two-up, were the only players to win their singles matches on Sunday.

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.

The Americans won the amateur competition for the second straight time and now lead the series 37-9-1.

The previous American victory away from home came in 2007 with a team which included future major champions Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson and PGA Tour winners Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Kyle Stanley and Chris Kirk.

John Pak completed a ideal week and John Augenstein delivered the clinching point as the American rallied from a two-point deficit Sunday and won the Walker Cup for the first time away from home in 12 years.

The 20-year-old recovered with birdies at the fourth and sixth holes to return the match to all-square and was two-up with three holes to play after winning the 14 and 15.

Gough and Harry Hall edged Stewart Hagestad and Bhatia Akshay 2 and 1, and Gough beat Isaiah Salinda 2 up in singles.

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The Americans actually earned more points in foursomes this weekend, 4.5-3.5, and if they end up winning it all they will be the 11th team in the past 12 Walker Cups to win more foursomes points and capture the Cup.

"Leading off, putting that first point on the board for the day was important", Wu said.

"It really doesn't matter who clinches it", said Augenstein, lost to Andy Ogeltree of Littlerock, Miss., 2 and 1, last month in the United States Amateur final at Pinehurst No. 2.

Scott and Walker rescued a half point for GB&I after chasing Augenstein and Ogletree for much of their foursomes match.

"It was a pretty good day", Britain and Ireland captain Craig Watson said. Norman Xiong (3-0-1) also didn't lose a match.

The pair made just one bogey after that.

The Americans had been paired by captain Nathaniel Crosby after fighting out the final of the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst last month, but it was an uphill fight after a second shot from Ogletree went out of bounds at the first.

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