Capsules: Sunday morning Walker Cup foursomes
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt (U.S.) def.
Max Orrin and Nathan Kimsey (GB&I), 2 and 1
Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt were sent out first again for the Americans along with GB&I’s Max Orrin and Nathan Kimsey in a rematch from Saturday’s foursome play.
Like Saturday, GB&I got out to a fast start and went 2 up through 6 holes. But the ever-resilient Americans came back and won the seventh hole, just as they did Saturday, to mount the comeback.
It was back-and-forth after the turn, but the U.S. never trailed. The match was sealed when Whitsett made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th.
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Matthew Fitzpatrick and Neil Raymond (GB&I) def.
Michael Weaver and Todd White (U.S.), 3 and 2
Matthew Fitzpatrick and Neil Raymond teamed up again to take on the pairing of Michael Weaver and Todd White.
Fitzpatrick and Raymond worked well together. Both like to play fast and hit the ball fairly straight, which worked into their advantage again Sunday morning as they won 3 and 2.
The Americans never led in this match. White made an eagle putt from off the green on the par-5 7th to get the match back to all square – that looked like it could have been the spark the Americans needed to take charge of the match. But just two holes later, the team bogeyed the par-5 9th and GB&I never dropped the lead again.
GB&I won Nos. 15-16 to close the deal and earn GB&I's first point of the Sunday morning session.
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Max Homa and Michael Kim (U.S.) def.
Garrick Porteous and Rhys Pugh (GB&I), 1 up
Cal players Homa and Kim didn’t have nearly the accuracy or feel for the greens that each displayed in singles Saturday, but they hung with Porteous and Pugh tightly enough through a shaky first nine to knock off the GB&I players at the 18th.
Homa and Kim appeared to be in trouble at the turn as they found the woods off the tee at Nos. 9 and 10. Homa battled a miss to the right, but the team managed to recover. They battled back and forth against GB&I’s 1-up lead for most of the back nine.
Porteous and Pugh stumbled coming in, making bogey at Nos. 17-18, and Homa and Kim leapt in to take the point.
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Kevin Phelan and Gavin Moynihan (GB&I) def.
Patrick Rodgers and Jordan Niebrugge (U.S.), 2 up
Thanks to a clutch par and two late birdies, Phelan and Moynihan put a crucial second foursomes point on the board for GB&I. The U.S. took an immediate lead and climbed to 4 up by No. 7. Phelan gave the team several looks at birdie during the back nine and GB&I chipped away at the lead. Niebrugge and Rodgers scraped together just enough par saves to keep GB&I at bay.
Phelan and Moynihan found their window at the par-4 16th, which played uphill and into a stiff wind. Rodgers let loose on a drive and found a deep bunker left of the fairway. Niebrugge could only chip out and Rodgers failed to the hit the green with the third shot. Phelan and Moynihan made a tidy, two-putt par as the U.S. had to try to chip in to match. Phelan holed a birdie putt at No. 17, then lagged a 70-foot eagle putt at No. 18 to gimme length. The U.S. took three shots to reach the par 5 and conceded the point.
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