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GB and Ireland Finally Win Walker Cup

British amateurs bring home the trophy

Posted Sep 14, 2011 by Chris White

Tom Lewis was a member of the victorious GB and Ireland team

Against an American team consisting of six of the world’s top ten amateur players, Great Britain and Ireland regained the Walker Cup to bring an end to the run of three successive defeats.

17-year old Rhys Pugh and Northern Irishman Paul Cutler went right through the tournament unbeaten for the team captained by Nigel Edwards, and they secured a 14-12 victory – their biggest since the days of Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell in 2001 when GB and Ireland won 15-9.

Leading 7-5 going into the final day’s play at the Royal Aberdeen club, Britain and Ireland extended their lead to 10-5 thanks to some outstanding performances in the foursomes, and would have completed a whitewash if star of the Open earlier this year Tom Lewis and Michael Stewart had held onto their four-stroke advantage, going on to halve their match.

Celebrations got under way for the British and Irish team when Steven Brown holed his final putt to halve his match with Blayne Barber, giving his team an unassailable lead.

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