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US retain Walker Cup 16½ to 9½ for third straight victory

The United States amateurs won the Walker Cup for a third consecutive time on Sunday, crushing Britain & Ireland by 16-½ points to 9-½ at Merion Golf Club.

Leading 8-4 going into the final day of the biennial competition and needing just five more points to retain the trophy, the home team tightened their grip by clinching the morning foursomes 3-1.

Ricky Fowler and Peter Uihlein each won their afternoon singles matches to end the weekend with perfect 4-0 records, Uihlein's 3&1 triumph over Stiggy Hodgson sealing outright victory for the rampant Americans.

Cameron Tringale epitomised the U.S. superiority with an 8&6 drubbing of Luke Goddard, the third-largest winning margin of all time in a Walker Cup singles match.

"It was a great week," Cup debutant Uihlein, 20, told reporters. "It's definitely something I will never forget. We had a great team and we all get along great. We all just meshed well and played well together."

Fowler, also a 20-year-old, was delighted to end his amateur career on a triumphant note.

"The whole reason I waited around (before turning professional) was for this weekend," the Californian said.

"The days leading up to it and the practice we had was just an awesome experience, and to go 4-0 and get the Cup back, it can't get any better. It's going to be tough to top this weekend."

U.S. captain Buddy Marucci, who lost to Tiger Woods in the 1995 U.S. amateur championship final, paid tribute to Fowler's inspirational performances for his team.

"I don't know if anybody has played for the U.S. the way Rickie has played in the last two Walker Cups," said Marucci.

Britain & Ireland captain Colin Dalgleish knew his team faced an uphill task on foreign soil after going into the final day with an 8-4 deficit.

"We got off to a great start in the morning in the foursomes and that fell away and the lead became pretty much too much of a mountain to climb," Dalgleish said.

"At one stage this afternoon, the board was looking very good for us and it would have been just possible to maybe take eight points out of this afternoon and even to tie the Walker Cup, but then it kind of ran away from us again."

The United States, who edged Britain & Ireland by a point at Royal County Down in Newcastle, Northern Ireland two years ago, lead the series 34-7-1.

The United States have claimed the Walker Cup for a third consecutive time with an emphatic 16.5-9.5 victory over Great Britain and Ireland at the Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania.

The bi-annual amateur contest was sealed after just three of Sunday's afternoon's 10 singles matches when Peter Uihlein defeated 20-year-old Stiggy Hodgson 3&1.

That gave the hosts an unassailable 13-6 advantage and ensured their non-playing captain Buddy Marucci would lift the trophy for a second consecutive occasion after he masterminded the USA's narrow success at Royal County Down Golf Club two years ago.

USA had opened up an 8-4 lead after the opening day's play on Saturday and immediately set about building on that advantage by winning three of this morning's four Foursome contests.

That left the hosts needing just two points from Sunday afternoon's singles matches to clinch the trophy and while Scotland's Gavin Dear beat Brian Harman 3&2 in the lead-off match, favourable scores elsewhere meant the Americans were never in danger.

In fact they had it sewn up from the next two matches with Rickie Fowler beating Matt Haines 2&1 before 20-year-old Floridian Uihlein put a seal on the result.

That left the rest of the players on course to go through the motions, although Morgan Hoffman ensured the USA's lead grew further as he beat Wallace Booth one-up in the fourth-completed singles match.

Cameron Tringale thrashed Luke Goddard 8&6 to inflict further misery on the visitors, although they clawed back some respect as Sam Hutsby and Tommy Fleetwood both won one-up against Adam Mitchell and Drew Weaver respectively.

Niall Kearney was also a winner as he beat Nathan Smith 3&2 while Chris Paisley earned half a point from his match with Bud Cauley.

But fittingly it was the USA who got the final point of the weekend's action when Brendan Gielow defeated Dale Whitnell 4&3.

Sunday - Foursomes

Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga., and Adam Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn. (USA) def. Gavin Dear, Scone, Scotland and Matt Haines, Chatham, England (GB&I), 3 and 2

Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif., and Bud Cauley, Jacksonville, Fla. (USA) def. Stiggy Hodgson, London, England and Niall Kearney, Dublin, Ireland (GB&I), 1 up

Wallace Booth, Comrie, Scotland and Sam Hutsby, Portsmouth, England (GB&I) def. Drew Weaver, High Point, N.C., and Brendan Gielow, Muskegon, Mich. (USA), 3 and 2

Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Peter Uihlein, Orlando, Fla. (USA) def. Chris Paisley, Northumberland, England and Dale Whitnell, London, England (GB&I), 5 and 4

Sunday - Singles

Gavin Dear, Scone, Scotland (GB&I) def. Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. (USA), 3 and 2

Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif. (USA) def. Matt Haines, Chatham, England (GB&I), 2 and 1

Peter UIhlein, Orlando, Fla. (USA) def. Stiggy Hodgson, London, England (GB&I), 3 and 1

Morgan Hoffmann, Saddle Brook, N.J. (USA) def. Wallace Booth, Comrie, Scotland (GB&), 1 up

Chris Paisley, Northumberland, England (GB&I) halved with Bud Cauley, Jacksonville, Fla. (USA)

Sam Hutsby, Portsmouth, England (GB&I) def. Adam Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn. (USA), 1 up

Tommy Fleetwood, Lancashire, England (GB&I) def. Drew Weaver, High Point, N.C. (USA), 1 up

Cameron Tringale, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (USA) def. Luke Goddard, London, England (GB&I), 8 and 6

Niall Kearny, Dublin, Ireland (GB&I) def. Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. (USA), 3 and 2

Brendan Gielow, Muskegon, Mich. (USA) def. Dale Whitnell, London, England, (GB&I), 4 and 3

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September 13, 2009


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