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GB&I defend Walker Cup for first time

Great Britain & Ireland successfully defended the Walker Cup for the first time in the 79-year history of the event on Sunday, as the GB&I team captured 9 1/2 of a possible 12 points to win 15-9.

Scotland's Marc Warren defeated U.S. Amateur runner-up James Driscoll on the par-three 17th hole and that gave the GB&I team 12 1/2 points, enough to win the Walker Cup.

"It's the best feeling in my life," Warren said. "The first time to defend the trophy, in America, and to hole the winning putt makes it that more special."

"We exceeded my expectations," said GB&I captain Peter McEvoy, who also was the GB&I captain two years ago.

Luke Donald and Nick Dougherty got the rout started on Sunday, defeating Lucas Glover and D.J. Trahan in the first two singles matches.

Steve O'Hara from the GB&I team beat John Harris, 4 & 3. Harris had not lost a singles match until Warren broke that streak Saturday morning.

British Amateur champion Michael Hoey beat Danny Green 1-up and Gary Wolstenholme pounded Nick Cassini 4 & 3 in a meaningless anchor match.

Jamie Elson and Erik Compton halved their match.

The lone bright spot for the American team was Bryce Molder, the four-time All-American from Georgia Tech who will turn pro after this week. He saved par out of a greenside bunker on the 18th and claimed victory over Graeme McDowell, 1-up.

Molder was the lone player to go undefeated in the matches with a 3-0-1 mark, but he did not seem to care.

"I didn't come back to play," said Molder. "I came back to win."

The GB&I team trailed by one point after Saturday's play, but quickly erased the deficit in the four Sunday morning matches. Donald and Dougherty beat Compton and Harris, 3 & 2, and Hoey and McDowell edged Cassini and Glover, 2 & 1.

Molder and David Eger destroyed O'Hara and Warren, 7 & 6 in the only convincing win for the Americans.

Richard McEvoy and Elson won the morning's final match when they posted a 1-up win over Trahan and Green.

Results Sunday, August 12, from the final day of the Walker Cup held at the Ocean Forest Golf Club:

Great Britain & Ireland 3, United States 1
Foursomes

Luke Donald and Nick Dougherty, Great Britain & Ireland, def. Erik Compton and John Harris, United States, 3 and 2.

Graeme McDowell and Michael Hoey, Great Britain & Ireland, def. Nick Cassini and Lucas Glover, United States, 2 and 1.

David Eger and Bryce Molder, United States, def. Steven O'Hara and Marc Warren, Great Britain & Ireland, 7 and 6.

Richard McEvoy and Jamie Elson, Great Britain & Ireland, def. D.J. Trahan and Danny Green, United States, 1-up.

Great Britain & Ireland 6 ½, United States 1 ½
Singles

Luke Donald, Great Britain & Ireland, def. Lucas Glover, United States, 3 and 2.

Nick Dougherty, Great Britain & Ireland, def. D.J. Trahan, United States, 1-up.

Bryce Molder, United States, def. Graeme McDowell, Great Britain & Ireland, 1-up.

Steven O'Hara, Great Britain & Ireland, def. John Harris, United States, 4 and 3.

Marc Warren, Great Britain & Ireland, def. James Driscoll, United States, 2 and 1.

Michael Hoey, Great Britain & Ireland, def. Danny Green, United States, 1-up.

Jamie Elson, Great Britain & Ireland, halved with Erik Compton, United States.

Gary Wolstenholme, Great Britain & Ireland, def. Nick Cassini, United States, 4 and 3.


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