United States win the Walker Cup

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GB&I captain Nigel Edwards watched his players slump to a disappointing 17-9 defeat to the United States in the Walker Cup, held at the renowned National Golf Links of America, site of the inaugural Walker Cup match 91 years ago.

It was the American's largest margin of victory since the 18-6 win at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in New York in 1997.

For only the second time in the event's long history, no Scottish players made the team.

Edwards, a tough competitor, does not to lose and said he was very disappointed at the manner of the defeat, hinting that his players gave away cheap holes to the opposition.

"We're all very disappointed," said Edwards. "We didn't do the simple things well. We didn't hole enough putts. We missed greens with wedges, which is very costly, especially where the punishment for short-siding yourself is so severe.
The lads played their hearts out. It's not that they haven't tried.

"The lads played their hearts out. It's not that they haven't tried. We're disappointed because they've had such success this year and in recent years that it makes it all the more disappointing. But I'm sure that they will all learn from the experience and go forward and develop themselves into better players."

Asked whether he would continue as captain, Edwards was brief in his reply. "I think it's up to the R&A to choose who the captain is," he said. "I haven't been asked. But yes, of course, if I was asked, I'd do it. Obviously I'd have to consult with my family because it's such a huge commitment, and obviously with England Golf because I've got a very busy job there, although it does dove tail quite nicely."

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