Great Britain & Ireland win the 43rd Walker Cup

Walker Cup 2011

Great Britain & Ireland have defeated the United States to win the 43rd Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen. The 14-12 victory is the first GB&I win since 2003 and came against a very strong US side that included six of the world’s top 10 amateur players.

The home side may have started the week as underdogs but went into the final afternoon singles with a commanding 10½ -5½  lead after winning three of the Sunday morning foursomes. However, a late charge from the US made for a tense finish with GB&I not securing the three points required from the afternoon play until Steven Brown claimed a half point in the sixth match.

It sparked jubilant scenes on the 18th green as he was swamped by teammates and GB&I Captain Nigel Edwards. “I don’t know what to think at the moment, it’s just fantastic,” a delighted Edwards said. “The boys have been awesome all week. They’ve got a fantastic team spirit. We were not given much chance but I wasn’t going to let my team think that they didn’t have a chance. We always knew that this match wasn’t going to be played on paper but around this golf course. I felt that we had a really good group of guys who would do the job.”

The home side dominated throughout and held a 7-5 lead after Day 1. Wins in three of the four morning singles left them needing three points from the final 10 singles matches. Despite the US winning the final session 6½ -3½ , GB&I held on to win. Edwards said "The Americans got off to a great start out there but our boys in the middle have done a great job all week. Yesterday afternoon when it looked a bit tough, they dug in and pulled out the stops. We’ve holed putts at the right time and we’ve manned up".

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