GB&I win the 45th Walker Cup 2015

GB&I win the 45th Walker Cup 2015

Article published: 15 September, 2015

12 – 13 September 2015
Royal Lytham & St Annes

Great Britain and Ireland defeated the United States of America, 16½-9½ to win the 45th Walker Cup Match at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club and achieve their greatest winning margin in the match since it was first played in 1922.

Leading 7-5 going into the final day, GB&I secured the victory with a dominant final day performance that saw them win the final morning foursomes 3-1 to take a four point lead going into the afternoon singles, where they won a further 6 ½ points.

Captain Nigel Edwards, who achieved his second win in his three matches in charge after leading the team to victory at Royal Aberdeen in 2011, said “I’m delighted with the victory. We had a very strong front and we have strength throughout the team.”

England’s Jimmy Mullen, who was GB&I’s leading points-scorer with a perfect 4-0 record, led the team’s afternoon domination of the singles in which they won five, halved three and lost just two matches.

GB&I have now won five of the last six matches played on home soil, dating back to 1999. The only American win in that stretch was in 2007 at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland. With the GB&I victory, the two teams now stand at 7-7 in the 14 matches since 1989. The USA leads the overall series 35-9-1.

The 2017 Walker Cup Match will be played on 9 and 10 September at Los Angeles Country Club in California.