USA inflict heaviest Walker Cup defeat on GB&I in 20 years

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Team USA inflicted the heaviest Walker Cup defeat on Great Britain & Ireland since 1997 as they ran out 19-7 winners at Los Angeles Country Club.

It equals the 12-point deficit of 18-6 at Quaker Ridge 20 years ago as only David Boote of GB&I managed a win in the Sunday singles as the Stars & Stripes took the session 8-2.

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, along with 2016 Amateur champion Scott Gregory, halved their matches, with the latter GB&I’s best performer, helping contribute to two-and-a-half of the team’s seven points.

In truth, it was always going to be a tall order for GB&I as, heading into the event, USA boasted seven of the top 12 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. In contrast, GB&I only had three players in the top 20.

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“I’m so proud of all the players,” said USA captain John ‘Spider’ Miller, who led the team in their record defeat at Royal Lytham & St Annes two years ago. “They have conducted themselves great this week, they have done everything I've asked, and I'm very proud of them all.”

Stand-in GB&I captain Andy Ingram, who replaced Craig Watson at the last-minute due to an illness in the Scot’s immediate family, added: “The Americans are amazing, what a team. Got to take my hat off to them, they have been superb all week.”

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