GOOD crowds were at Royal Liverpool Golf Club to watch this year’s Walker Cup which was retained by the USA Team.
It was the first time USA had won on GB&I soil since 2007 at Royal County Down and the margin of victory (15 ½ to 10 ½) was the best margin for a visiting USA team since Sunningdale in 1987 when they won 16 ½ to 7 ½.
The organisers of the event, the R&A and USGA, said that 11,000 spectators were at the North West course over the two days of the match (Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8).
The GB&I team had started the final day 7-5 up, but the Americans managed to turn this around. They won 2½ points from the Sunday morning foursomes matches and the home team’s deficit was down to just one point.
Highlights from the GB&I team in the Sunday morning foursomes had included a half from Scottish duo Euan Walker and Sandy Scott.
In the afternoon, the Americans won eight of the 10 singles matches. The two points for the GB&I team came from Sandy Scott and Tom Sloman.
GB&I captain Craig Watson said: “Obviously the boys are disappointed. It didn't go quite to plan but they can be proud of their achievements to get in the team first of all and of their performance this weekend. I'm proud of all of them.”
The winning USA captain, Nathaniel Crosby, added: “The singles were amazing. The guys played great.”
“These guys are inseparable. They’ve got a great memory now.”