Notes: Walker's unlikely draw; Holtgrieve's hugs
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. Officials here at the 44th Walker Cup Match said it was a blind draw, which would be quite a coincidence, given that all of the foreign caddies ended up with the Great Britain & Ireland team.
Twenty-two names were thrown into a hat in a blind draw mandated by the U.S. Golf Association. Jim Morris, the head professional at National Golf Links of America, and Billy Muller, the caddie master and one of Morris’ assistants, pulled a name and then matched it up with a player's name pulled from an opposite hat.
Four foreign caddies – two from New Zealand, one from Scotland and one from Ireland – were chosen for players from the GB&I team.
All of the caddies in the pool are experienced and know the course well, Morris said.
“They're all good guys, and I think everyone's satisfied with their caddie so far,” GB&I’s Matt Fitzpatrick said. “I've not heard anyone complain anyway, that's for sure.”
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Player . . . Caddie
Matt Fitzpatrick . . . John Canavan
Nathan Kimsey . . . Jeff Bertch
Gavin Moynihan . . . Paul Currieri
Max Orrin . . . Phil Wedd
Kevin Phelan . . . Steve MacDonald
Garrick Porteous . . . Andy Rodriguez
Rhys Pugh . . . Nigel Lysaght
Neil Raymond . . . Bobby Kenny
Callum Shinkwin . . . Zane Hinton
Jordan Smith . . . Marty Jacobsen
Max Homa . . . Sean Murphy
Michael Kim . . . Frank Delgatto
Jordan Niebrugge . . . Robert Sheridan
Patrick Rodgers . . . James Hirsch
Nathan Smith . . . Brian Armusiewicz
Justin Thomas . . . Jesse Muller
Michael Weaver . . . Craig Simon
Todd White . . . Sam Kelly
Cory Whitsett . . . Sean Piotrowski
Bobby Wyatt . . . Kurt Sohn
Alternates: Paul Elwood, Mike Adamczyk
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Hug goes long way for Americans
U.S. captain Jim Holtgrieve and GB&I captain Nigel Edwards shake the hands of every player from the other team, but Holtgrieve takes it a step further when he greets his team. When each U.S. player walks up to the first tee, Holtgrieve hugs him.
“It's just me,” Holtgrieve said. “To tell them I love them and I want them to enjoy the moment and try to give them some peace and calmness.”
Holtgrieve did the same thing at Royal Aberdeen (Scotland) Golf Club two years ago as well, but it clearly was more effective Saturday.
After the first day of matches in the 2011 Walker Cup, the Americans trailed GB&I, 7-5. This year, the U.S. leads by four points entering Sunday's final day, needing only 5.5 points to return the cup to U.S. soil.