U.S. cruises to big win at Walker Cup

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    Southampton, NY (Sports Network) - After splitting the morning foursomes matches, the United States won seven of the 10 singles matches to cruise to a 17-9 win over Great Britain & Ireland at the 44th Walker Cup.

    The U.S. team dominated the singles sessions as they claimed 13 1/2 of a possible 18 points in singles. They won 6 1/2 out of eight points in the Saturday singles, giving the U.S. team its best singles session since 1997.

    As the afternoon singles got underway at the National Golf Links of America, Bobby Wyatt got the Americans off to a fast start with a 4 & 3 win over Neil Raymond.

    Justin Thomas made two straight American wins to start the singles, as he trounced Max Orrin, 6 & 4.

    Matthew Fitzpatrick, the low amateur at the British Open, stopped the bleeding for Great Britain & Ireland. He handed Michael Weaver a 3 & 2 defeat.

    Todd White and Nathan Smith sealed the deal for the Americans. They both claimed 4 & 3 wins over Rhys Pugh and Nathan Kimsey, respectively. Smith's win clinched the Cup for the Americans.

    Cory Whitsett, who clinched the NCAA Division I title for the University of Alabama in June, was 5-down at the turn. He rallied to get within 1-down. but GB&I's Callum Shinkwin birdied the last for a 2-up win.

    American Michael Kim, the low amateur at the U.S. Open, rallied from an early 2-down deficit to beat Garrick Porteous, 4 & 2.

    Kevin Phelan earned the final point for Great Britain & Ireland, as he fended off Max Homa, 2 & 1

    In the penultimate match, American Jordan Niebrugge was 6-up through 8 holes, on the strength of five birdies, and cruised to a huge 6 & 5 win over Jordan Smith.

    The final match between Patrick Rodgers and Ireland's Gavin Moynihan was tight throughout. Moynihan birdied the first to take the lead, but he bogeyed the fourth to square things up.

    They halved eight straight holes before Moynihan bogeyed the 13th to fall 1- down. Rodgers bogeyed the next to square things up. After three halves in a row, Rodgers won the last to earn the 1-up win.

    In the morning foursomes matches, University of Alabama teammates Wyatt and Whitsett rallied to beat Kimsey and Orrin, 2 & 1. Fitzpatrick and Raymond earned a 3 & 2 win over Weaver and White.

    University of California teammates Homa and Kim won the last two holes with pars to come from behind and beat Porteous and Pugh, 1-up. In the final match, Moynihan and Phelan trailed for 14 of the first 16 holes. They squared the match with a par on 16, then birdied the final two holes to claim a 2-up win over Rodgers and Niebrugge.

    The U.S. extended its lead in the all-time series to 35-8-1.

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