How it Happened: U.S. coasts to Walker Cup win

Michael Kim and his U.S. teammates celebrate after Kim and partner Max Homa came back to win 1 up in morning foursomes action at the Walker Cup.

Michael Kim and his U.S. teammates celebrate after Kim and partner Max Homa came back to win 1 up in morning foursomes action at the Walker Cup.

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Thanks to a landslide victory in afternoon singles play Saturday, the U.S. started Sunday with an 8-4 lead and split the morning foursomes, then lashed out in afternoon singles play to reclaim the Walker Cup with a 17-9 win at National Golf Links in Southampton, N.Y.

Several afternoon matches were lopsided – some favoring GB&I, some the U.S. – but it was clear before the midpoint of the singles matches that the U.S. would not only protect its four-point lead but expand it on the way to a victory.

The U.S. went 13-4-1 in singles play during the two-day tournament.

• See capsules on the four Sunday morning foursomes matches.

Recap the highlights of Sunday's Walker Cup rounds right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage!

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Afternoon singles

Update #56: 6:11 p.m. EDT

Patrick Rodgers of the U.S. throws another log on the bonfire with a 1-up win at the 18th over Gavin Moynihan in possibly the strongest match of the day. Thirteen holes were halved and each player only led once, 1 up, through the first 17. Rodgers birdied the 18th as Moynihan carded double bogey.

• SCOREBOARD: U.S. 17, GB&I 9

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Update #55: 5:58 p.m. EDT

Two more halves take Gavin Moynihan of GB&I and Patrick Rodgers to the 18th all square as the day's last match is also perhaps the gutsiest.

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Update #54: 5:37 p.m. EDT

Kevin Phelan of GB&I claims another point for his team with a birdie at the 17th that gives him a 2-and-1 win over Max Homa. Phelan, who played collegiately at North Florida, birdied the first hole and held a lead all day.

Gavin Moynihan of GB&I and Patrick Rodgers of the U.S. halve the 15th to remain all square in the cup's last match.

• SCOREBOARD: U.S. 16, GB&I 9

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Update #53: 5:24 p.m. EDT

Gavin Moynihan of GB&I quickly squares his match with Patrick Rodgers with a par at No. 14.

Max Homa of the U.S. pulls within 1 up against Kevin Phelan thanks to a birdie at No. 15; the two follow by halving No. 16.

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Update #52: 5:14 p.m. EDT

With a par at the 13th, Patrick Rodgers goes 1 up against Gavin Moynihan. It's only the third hole of the match that hasn't been halved between the two.

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Update #51: 5:07 p.m. EDT

Michael Kim of the U.S. closes out a 4-and-2 win over Garrick Porteous with a par at No. 16. Kim was 2 down after two holes, squared the match after four holes and took a lead he wouldn't relinquish at the eighth.

Callum Shinkwin of GB&I birdies the 18th for a 2-up win over Cory Whitsett. Shinkwin led 5 up at the turn, but Whitsett battled back to pull within one after 16 holes.

• SCOREBOARD: U.S. 16, GB&I 8

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Update #50: 5:01 p.m. EDT

Jordan Niebrugge claims another point for the U.S. as as par at the 13th gives him a 6 and 5 win over Jordan Smith. Niebrugge won the first three holes with birdies and never looked back.

• SCOREBOARD: U.S. 15, GB&I 7

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Update #49: 4:57 p.m. EDT

Michael Kim of the U.S. pushes his match to dormie as he and Garrick Porteous bogey the 15th. Kim is 3 up. Callum Shinkwin of GB&I also gets his match to dormie with a 1 up advantage on Cory Whitsett through 17 holes. Jordan Niebrugge of the U.S. is 5 up with six to play.

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Update #48: 4:41 p.m. EDT

A par at No. 14 puts Michael Kim of the U.S. 3 up against Garrick Porteous with four holes to play. Porteous had started the match 2 up after eagle-birdie on the first two holes, but Kim steadily battled back.

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Update #47: 4:32 p.m. EDT

Seems a shame that a closely contested anchor match between Gavin Moynihan of GB&I and Patrick Rodgers won't determine the outcomes of the Cup. Moynihan took the lead at the first, Rodgers squared it at the fourth and they have matched each other hole-for-hole otherwise. They're all square at the turn.

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Update #46: 4:15 p.m. EDT

A pair of bogeys at No. 15 make it official for the U.S.: Nathan Smith wins his match 4 and 3 over Nathan Kimsey. The American mid-amateur came from behind to square his match at No. 6, took the lead at No. 7 and led the rest of the way.

• SCOREBOARD: U.S. 14, GB&I 7

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Update #45: 4:11 p.m. EDT

Matt Fitzpatrick of GB&I registers a win against Michael Weaver, 3 and 2. Fitzpatrick won the first hole and never trailed.

• SCOREBOARD: U.S. 13, GB&I 7

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Update #44: 4:09 p.m. EDT

And the Walker Cup is down to a half point: Todd White of the U.S. defeats Rhys Pugh 4 and 3 as both par the 15th. White hadn't trailed since going 1 up at the sixth hole.

Nathan Smith then clinches the cup by winning the 14th hole with a par, meaning the match with Nathan Kimsey is dormie and securing at least the last half point needed by the U.S.

• SCOREBOARD: U.S. 13, GB&I 6; with one match dormie, the U.S. is guaranteed the 13.5 points needed to claim the Cup.

• • •

Update #43: 4:04 p.m. EDT

U.S. captain Jim Holtgrieve, a backer of mid-amateurs playing in the Walker Cup this year, has to be pleased with how things look here. The Americans need 1.5 points to win the Cup back – and the next two golfers poised to claim points are his two mid-ams, Todd White (4 up with four to play) and Nathan Smith (3 up with five to play).

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Update #42: 3:57 p.m. EDT

Todd White of the U.S. matches Rhys Pugh's par at No. 14 to put the GB&I player dormie in their match, as White remains 4 up.

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Update #41: 3:51 p.m. EDT

Birdies at Nos. 6, 7 and 8 give Jordan Niebrugge a 6 up advantage against Jordan Smith through eight holes. That, coupled with Todd White's lead against Rhys Pugh, seem to point to a U.S. victory today.

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Update #40: 3:46 p.m. EDT

Todd White of the U.S. goes 4 up on Rhys Pugh with five holes to play. A win for the mid-amateur would pull the Americans within half a point of reclaiming the cup.

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Update #39: 3:34 p.m. EDT

A par at No. 15 gives Bobby Wyatt of the U.S. a 4 and 3 win over Neil Raymond – in a match that was all square after 10 holes but saw Raymond four of five holes after that.

SCOREBOARD: U.S. 12, GB&I 6

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Update #38: 3:26 p.m. EDT

With a birdie at No. 14, Justin Thomas of the U.S. closes out a 6 and 4 win over Max Orrin. Thomas birdied the first to go 1 up and never looked back.

SCOREBOARD: U.S. 11, GB&I 6

• • •

Update #37: 3:21 p.m. EDT

Patrick Rodgers of the U.S. pulls his match all square against Gavin Moynihan with a par at No. 4. Bobby Wyatt of the U.S. increases his lead to 3 up with four to play against Neil Raymond with a par at No. 14.

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Update #36: 3:12 p.m. EDT

Justin Thomas of the U.S. has Max Orrin dormie after winning Nos. 12-13. Callum Shinkwin of GB&I also is 5 up in his match against Cory Whitsett through eight holes.

• • •

Update #35: 3:07 p.m. EDT

Here's one way to narrow the lead in your match: Max Homa of the U.S. aces the sixth hole. Kevin Phelan's lead narrows a bit to 2 up.

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Update #34: 2:55 p.m. EDT

Callum Shinkwin of GB&I has five birdies in seven holes for a commanding 5 up lead against Cory Whitsett.

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Update #33: 2:47 p.m. EDT

Jordan Niebrugge of the U.S. has three straight birdies to start his round and is 3 up against Jordan Smith. Just one match is all square, with the U.S. leading five (including mid-amateurs Nathan Smith and Todd White) and GB&I leading four.

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Update #32: 2:38 p.m. EDT

A second birdie in as many holes from Jordan Niebrugge of the U.S. puts him 2 up against Jordan Smith, while Gavin Moynihan of GB&I birdies the first for a quick 1-up lead against Patrick Rodgers.

• • •

Update #31: 2:32 p.m. EDT

Michael Kim of the U.S., who was 2 down early despite being 1 under par at that point, pulls all square with Garrick Porteous after a pair of pars at Nos. 3-4. Porteous' round so far: Eagle-birdie-bogey-bogey. Justin Thomas of the U.S. holds the biggest lead so far, 4 up at the turn against Max Orrin. Callum Shinkwin of GB&I holds the only other lead greater than 1 up, as he's 3 up against Cory Whitsett through five holes.

• • •

Update #30: 2:23 p.m. EDT

Jordan Niebrugge sets a third U.S. flag flying over a match with a birdie at the first to take a quick lead over Jordan Smith. As the first match of the day makes the turn and the last match gets underway, each team leads three matches.

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Update #29: 2:17 p.m. EDT

Michael Weaver of the U.S. pulls his match with Matt Fitzpatrick all square with a birdie at No. 7. Teammate Todd White then birdies No. 6 to take a 1-up lead against Rhys Pugh. Nathan Kimsey of GB&I birdies No. 5 to take a 1-up lead against Nathan Smith.

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Update #28: 2:11 p.m. EDT

Kevin Phelan of GB&I birdies the first to take a quick 1-up lead against Max Homa. GB&I suddenly leads four matches while the U.S. leads one and three are all square. While much has been made of the U.S.' two mid-amateurs on the squad, Nathan Smith and Todd White, they are all-square through four and five holes respectively.

• • •

Update #27: 2:06 p.m. EDT

Garrick Porteous of GB&I eagles the first and birdies the second to go 2 up on Michael Kim, which begs the question: How often has a golfer been in Kim's shoes, 1 under par yet 2 down?

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Update #26: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Neil Raymond of GB&I pulls his match all square with Bobby Wyatt with a par at No. 8. It's the second time Raymond has bounced back from 1 down.

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Update #25: 1:58 p.m. EDT

Seven matches are underway, with the U.S. leading four and GB&I leading three. Only two matches are more than 1 up: Justin Thomas of the U.S. is 2 up on Max Orrin through five after a double bogey and a bogey back-to-back by Orrin, and Callum Shinkwin of GB&I is 2 up through two with a pair of birdies.

• • •

Morning foursomes

Update #24: 11:48 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Moynihan-Phelan vs. Rodgers-Niebrugge match:

• U.S. on in three at par-5 18th, with about 15 feet for birdie. GB&I reaches in two, and leaves 70-foot eagle putt about 5 feet short. Niebrugge with U.S. birdie putt and he runs it past the hole. The leads to a conceded birdie putt for GB&I and a 2-up victory.

The Walker Cup will head into the afternoon singles session with the U.S. holding a 10-6 advantage.

• • •

Update #23: 11:37 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Moynihan-Phelan vs. Rodgers-Niebrugge match:

• Phelan holes birdie putt to complete a massive comeback, as GB&I now has a 1-up lead heading to the par-5 18th. A big crowd gathering around this group to see this one in.

GB&I was 4 down at one point in this match.

• • •

Update #22: 11:27 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekCassie with the Porteous-Pugh vs. Homa-Kim match:

• Max Homa makes a 5-footer to save par and win the hole for the U.S., putting another point on the board for the U.S.

U.S. now leads 10-5.

• • •

Update #21: 11:22 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Moynihan-Phelan vs. Rodgers-Niebrugge match:

• U.S. has to pitch out of a deep bunker, is short of the green in three and tries unsuccessfully to pitch in for par, allowing GB&I to tie this match up with a routine par.

• • •

Update #20: 11:20 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekCassie with the Porteous-Pugh vs. Homa-Kim match:

• Both teams are over the 18th green after going for it in two. Match is all square and is now a short-game showdown.

• • •

Update #19: 11:11 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekCassie with the Porteous-Pugh vs. Homa-Kim match:

• Pugh misses a short 3-footer to halve the hole on No. 17 and the Americans square the match heading to the par-5 18th.

• • •

Update #18: 11:09 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Moynihan-Phelan vs. Rodgers-Niebrugge match:

• On No. 16, which is long anyway, is playing directly into 3-club wind. Rodgers laid into his drive and put it in a deep bunker. GB&I safe in the fairway. Big mistake by the U.S.

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Update #17: 11:07 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Moynihan-Phelan vs. Rodgers-Niebrugge match:

• Phelan's birdie try horseshoes out at 15, while U.S. halves with tough 2-putt from front on steep green to the back pin location. U.S. retains 1-up lead.

• • •

Update #16: 10:56 a.m. EDT

GB&I has responded to the point from the U.S. with a 3-and-2 victory from Matt Fitzpatrick and Neil Raymond, winning the match with a par on No. 16.

Fitzpatrick-Raymond are 2-0 in foursomes matches, but both lost in singles on Saturday afternoon.

Overall score is now U.S. 9, GB&I 5

• • •

Update #15: 10:54 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Moynihan-Phelan vs. Rodgers-Niebrugge match:

• Another tight approach by Phelan, but Moynihan can't convert on the putt and No. 14 is halved with pars. U.S. remains 1 up.

• • •

Update #14: 10:52 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekCassie with the Kimsey-Orrin vs. Wyatt-Whitsett match:

• Bobby Wyatt sinks a 20-foot putt on No. 17 to win the hole and the match, as the U.S. picks up the first point of the day with a 2-and-1 victory.

U.S. now leads 9-4.

• • •

Update #13: 10:42 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Moynihan-Phelan vs. Rodgers-Niebrugge match:

• GB&I birdies No. 13 of Phelan's impressive approach to 8 feet. The U.S. makes bogey from the bunker and loses the hole and sees its lead slip to 1 up.

• • •

Update #12: 10:40 a.m. EDT

A pair of pars for Wyatt-Whitsett and Orrin-Kimsey on No. 16, allowing the U.S. to take a 1-up lead to the short par-4 17th.

This same match-up halved on Saturday morning, with Orrin-Kimsey three-putting the 18th to lose the full point.

• • •

Update #11: 10:34 a.m. EDT

Ahead on No. 14, Garrick Porteous and Rhys Pugh regain the advantage with a birdie, moving to 1 up over Max Homa and Michael Kim. GB&I led this match 2 up early, but Homa and Kim battled back.

This is the second GB&I flag on the leaderboard currently.

• • •

Update #10: 10:31 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Moynihan-Phelan vs. Rodgers-Niebrugge match:

• GB&I gave one away at No. 12, with Phelan hitting an approach to 10 feet as the U.S. went into the bunker. Niebrugge made a 20-footer for par and Moynihan missed the birdie putt. Hole halved and U.S. retains 2-up lead.

• • •

Update #9: 10:27 a.m. EDT

In the day's first match, Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett bogey the 15th, but still win the hole after GB&I's Max Orrin and Nathan Kimsey three-putt for double, leaving the U.S. with a 1-up lead with three to play.

U.S. leading in day's first and last match, with one other match square and GB&I leading one.

• • •

Update #8: 10:23 a.m. EDT

From @AlexMiceli this morning:

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Update #7: 10:18 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekCassie this morning:

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Update #6: 10:16 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Moynihan-Phelan vs. Rodgers-Niebrugge match:

• Niebrugge and Phelan both strike close birdie putts at No. 11, but hole is halved with gimme pars. Rodgers-Niebrugge remain 2 up.

• • •

Update #5: 10:07 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekCassie with the Kimsey-Orrin vs. Wyatt-Whitsett match:

• U.S. ahd to take two tries to get out of the fairway bunker and still weren't able to get on the green. Max Orrin lagged a birdie attempt down to the hole and it was conceded. Back to all square.

• • •

Update #4: 10:06 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Porteous-Pugh vs. Kim-Homa match:

• Homa sprays approach shot shot into right pot bunker at 11, but holes 15-footer for par to take point from GB&I to move the match to all square again.

• • •

Update #3: 9:49 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekJules with the Porteous-Pugh vs. Kim-Homa match:

• Home and Kim really struggling off the tee, with tree trouble at Nos. 9 and 10. It proves costly on No. 10, as Kim couldn't hole a bogey putt after finding trees right off the tee and the U.S. is 1 down.

• • •

Update #2: 9:47 a.m. EDT

From @GolfweekCassie with the Kimsey-Orrin vs. Wyatt-Whitsett match:

• After failing to get on the green in two (GB&I), Cory Whitsett of the U.S. lagged a birdie putt down to the hole for a simple par and a 1-up lead through 12 holes.

• • •

Update #1: 9:10 a.m. EDT

We are a couple of hours into the morning foursomes matches, with GB&I up in two matches, the U.S. in control in one and one match all square.

From @GolfweekCassie with the Fitzpatrick-Raymond vs. White-Weaver match:

• Todd White makes an eagle putt from off the green on No. 7. White and Weaver are all square with Raymond-Fitzpatrick.

• • •

Saturday-morning foursomes

• GB&I's Porteous-Pugh def. Weaver-White, 3 and 1

A magical summer for the 23-year-old Garrick Porteus (British Amateur, Scottish Stroke Play titles) continued with a rousing performance to lead the way in earning a point for his GB&I team in a Saturday morning Walker Cup match.

GB&I takes early lead as Rodgers, Thomas win point for U.S.

Justin Thomas’ best shot of the day came at a most crucial time. Lodged in a fairway bunker with a high wall at National Golf Links’ 17th, Thomas climbed in and left the U.S. team with 4 feet for the victory.

Golf channel removes producer from Walker Cup telecast

Golf Channel yanked its longest-tenured producer from the Walker Cup crew following the release of his memoir, which recounts some turbulent times from his 18-year association with the channel.

• • •

Saturday-afternoon singles

After sitting, Homa, Kim spark U.S. in afternoon singles

After sitting out morning foursomes, Max Homa was the first player to earn a point for the U.S. during afternoon Walker Cup play. That sparked more red on the board as the U.S. went from a one-point deficit to a four-point lead.

How it Happened: Afternoon onslaught gives U.S. 8-4 lead

Singles play turned into a United States rout at the Walker Cup on Saturday afternoon, as the Americans won 6.5 of a possible 8 points and took an 8-4 lead in its quest to reclaim the Walker Cup – recap the action right here.

GB&I licks its wounds from afternoon thumping

As the wind picked up at National Golf Links, the defending Walker Cup champion GB&I team exited foursomes with a 1-point lead on the U.S. But a surprising shift in momentum saw the visitors trail badly in Southampton.

National's par-3 fourth hole beguiles field

The par-3 fourth at National Golf Links comes right out of golf history -- Saturday it tortured Walker Cup competitors with a hole location that was as far back as legally possible on a green that was impossible to hold.

• • •

Preview coverage

Walker Cup: Staff predictions for Saturday matches

Saturday's mornings foursomes and afternoon singles matches at the 44th Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America, plus predictions.

Alabama native Wyatt chose golf over football early

While he rarely misses an Alabama football game, the sport wasn't Bobby Wyatt's thing from early in his life, instead choosing golf -- and it paid off in the form of the Tide's first national championship.

GB&I's Pugh hopes for repeat of 2011

Rhys Pugh -- 3-0 in 2011 for GB&I -- is the only returner on the squad and hopes, at 19, that he can provide leadership as the international squad attempts to retain the Walker Cup.

Rodgers offers Cup experience for U.S.

Patrick Rodgers was a young gun for the dangerous 2011 U.S. squad at the Walker Cup, only to experience the heartache of defeat. The Stanford star is back to lead the charge this time around.

U.S. captain Holtgrieve relaxes as GB&I's Edwards pushes

You’d have thought of the two Walker Cup captains, Jim Holtgrieve of the U.S. would be delivering the 'I'm here to win,' message while Nigel Edwards, defending GB&I's 2011 Walker win, could have been forgiven for going the 'relationships' route.

U.S. honors first Walker Cup by wearing golf ties

When it comes to apparel, players always say ‘Feel good, play good.’ Team USA was looking mighty dapper during Friday’s practice round at National Golf Links of America. All 10 players and the captain were dressed in plaid, navy pants with mustard lines coordinated with a white polo, a knit tie and a navy cardigan sweater.

Klein's key holes at National Golf Links for Walker Cup

The biennial Walker Cup Matches set up shop this weekend at historic National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. In returning to the site of the first Walker Cup in 1922, the event will showcase match play on one of the quirkiest and most interesting of American layouts.

George W. Bush spends time with Walker Cuppers

Secret Service agents lingered around National Golf Links on Thursday as former president George W. Bush paid a visit to U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cuppers.

Edwards adds moxie, know-how to GB&I

Nigel Edwards would be on this year’s Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team if the R&A had followed the U.S. Golf Association’s lead and picked two mid-amateurs. The GB&I captain is that good.

• • •

Walker Cup alums' memories

Rory McIlroy, GB&I

Two-time major-champion winner Rory McIlroy talks about his time on the 2007 Walker Cup team for GB&I.

Matt Kuchar, U.S.

Having played in other team events (the Wyndham and Palmer Cup), Matt Kuchar always had his sights on the Walker Cup, and representing his country.

Luke Donald, GB&I

Luke Donald played on the GB&I Walker Cup Team in 2001, and still keeps in touch with a lot of his teammates from that team.

Rickie Fowler, U.S.

Rickie Fowler looks back at his time on Team USA at the winning 2007 and 2009 Walker Cups. He also talks about getting a phone from 2013 Walker Cup participant, Michael Kim.

Graeme McDowell, GB&I

Graeme McDowell's Walker Cup experience got his appetite whet for the Ryder Cup. See what he had to say about his time representing GB&I.

Russell Henley, U.S.

Russell Henley had won a professional event as an amateur, and had the opportunity to turn pro before the Walker Cup, but decided against it. Henley was glad he got to play on the team.

Bryce Molder, U.S.

Even though he was on two losing two teams, Bryce Molder had only 'good thoughts' about his experience on Team USA at the Walker Cup.

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