U.S. cruises to win at 25th PGA Cup

U.S. team member Marty Jertson, Referee Scott Essig, and G.B.&I. team member Craig Goodfellow, before their Singles matches at the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle in San Martin, CA, USA, on Sunday.

U.S. team member Marty Jertson, Referee Scott Essig, and G.B.&I. team member Craig Goodfellow, before their Singles matches at the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle in San Martin, CA, USA, on Sunday.

SAN MARTIN, Calif. — The U.S. put the finishing touches on its domination of the 25th PGA Cup, remaining undefeated on American soil with a 17.5-8.5 win over Great Britain & Ireland on Sunday at CordeValle.

Needing only 2.5 points to retain the cup entering Sunday’s 10 singles matches, the U.S. team sealed the outcome before four matches had finished in the bienniel competition featuring club and teaching professionals.

The U.S. has won the last three PGA Cup matches and now leads in the series, 17-5-3 (11-0-2 at home).

“It’s a great group of players,” said U.S. captain Jim Remy, a former president of the PGA of America. “They worked hard all week during practice, to get ready for this. They acted as a team and they were professional in every way. And . . . these guys can play golf.”

The three-day competition ended with five U.S. players - half the team - not losing a match: Marty Jertson of Phoenix, Ariz. (4-0); Faber Jamerson of Appomattox, Va. (3-0-1); Rob McClellan of Butler, Pa. (3-0-1); Brad Lardon of College Station, Texas (2-0-2); and Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga. (1-0-3).

“We had three veterans and seven first-timers, but it didn’t seem to matter,” said Remy. “Everybody worked together. It was a clear situation where the team worked together and they just shined.”

The 2013 PGA Cup will be played at Slaly Hall in northern England.

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