Nigel Edwards refuses to rule out 2017 captaincy

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• Edwards says 2017 captaincy is up to 'the decision-makers'
• The Welshman led his side to a record GB&I points total
• He became on the second GB&I captain to win two Walker Cups

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Nigel Edwards has refused to rule out the possibility of continuing as captain of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup side in two years time at LA Country Club.


Edwards, who led the side to a record victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes at the weekend, proved a popular captain with his team as they unanimously said they’d like him to continue as captain.

“It’s not a decision for me,” said Edwards. “It’s a decision for the powers that be, the decision-makers at the R&A.”

Edwards also praised his team’s togetherness and work ethic throughout the week and said having five natural foursomes pairings helped his side throughout the weekend.
"I don’t think events over here get as much credit as some in the USA" - GB&I captain Nigel Edwards

He added: “These guys have a lot of experience playing foursomes to a very high standard at international level and that definitely proved a lot of the difference when you see we won six out of eight possible points from the format.

“I also think, though, that our team has fantastic short games. That gets you out of a lot of tricky situations on this course because, especially with the wind, you’re not going to hit every green. There were some fantastic bunker shots played out there this week and we holed some crucial putts at the right time.

“All the players in this team know how to gel, how to dig in and get over the line. At the start of the week we wanted to do something special, and this is it.”

Edwards also revealed that he was confident at the start of the week despite what the world rankings suggested. The American side boasted eight of the top 20 names in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, but the GB&I captain says they were more than able to face up to their opponents and win.

“I don’t think the rankings are completely accurate,” admitted Edwards. “It’s never going to be perfect, and I think the top-30 is as it should be, but I don’t think events over here get as much credit as some in the USA, and that makes it harder for our guys to get points. I’m delighted for the whole team and how they played this week.”

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