Walker Cup: GB&I leads USA, 2 1/2 to 1 1/2
07 Sep 2013
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: The Walker Cup, Royal Liverpool Golf Club

- USGA photo
- USGA photo

There was a brief moment this morning when the scoreboard showed GB&I leads in all four foursomes matches. After Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt lost the 15th hole one down, a GB&I sweep looked entirely possibly.

But Whitsett and Wyatt bounced back with a quick birdie, then two putted for a tough par on the 18th to secure a halve against Nathan Kimsey and Max Orrin.

The next two matches went to the GB&I.

First it was Garrick Porteous and Rhys Pugh beating the elder statesman of the team, 45-year old school teacher Todd White and his partner Michael Weaver 3 and 1 with a birdie at No. 17.

Recent U.S. Amateur camp Mathew Fitzpatrick and Neil Raymond squeaked by the veteran Nathan Smith and partner Jordan Niebrugge (the 2013 USGA Public Links champ) 1-up with a par on the 18th. Smith and Niebrugge had fought hard all morning, clawing back to all square with a birdie on No. 16 after falling 2-down more than once earlier in the match.

The USA got a big lift in the final match, as Patrick Rodgers and Justin Thomas held off Gavin Moynihan and Kevin Phelan. After going 1-up with a par on the 15th, Rodgers and Thomas secured a 2 and 1 victory with a birdie on the 17th.

Standing with Todd White, the other mid-amateur on the USA team after the match, Smith was anything but worried. There is a lot of golf to play between now and Sunday afternoon.

Singles play tees off at 1pm.

ABOUT THE The Walker Cup

The Walker Cup Match is a biennial 10-man amateur team competition between the USA and a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland and selected by The R&A. It is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches.

The first United States Walker Cup Team, which in 1922 defeated the GB&I side, 8-4, at the National Golf Links of America, is considered among the best teams ever and included Francis Ouimet, Bob Jones, Charles “Chick” Evans and Jess Sweetser. Many of the game’s greatest players have taken part in Walker Cup competition, including U.S. Open champions Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth for the USA and Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose for Great Britain and Ireland.

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