Sept. 11, 2011
ABERDEEN, Scotland -- Texas freshman Jordan Spieth finished the 2011 Walker Cup as the top point-getter for the United States with a 2-0-1 mark during the two-day biennial competition at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland between the top amateurs of the USA and Great Britain & Ireland.
In the windiest conditions yet of the two-day biennial competition in Sunday morning’s foursomes (alternate-shot), GB&I won three matches and tied a fourth to increase its lead to 10½-5½. With winds gusting to 30-35 mph and the outward nine playing downwind, GB&I jumped out to substantial leads in three matches and gained three points to just a half point for the USA.
The lone USA half-point came from Spieth and Patrick Rodgers. Spieth holed an 18-foot par putt at the 18th hole to halve the match against Tom Lewis and Michael Stewart.
Including Spieth's 3 and 2 defeat of Andy Sullivan, the USA won the first two matches of the afternoon singles sessions to cut into the GB&I lead, but Steven Brown’s halve with the USA’s Blayne Barber in the sixth match earned the necessary 13½ points to win the Match for the first time since GB&I prevailed at Ganton Golf Club in England in 2003.
The USA’s 6½-3½ margin in singles was its only session victory among the four played. The teams split eight singles matches on Saturday.
The GB&I victory breaks a string of three consecutive wins by the USA in the Match.
Aberdeen, Scotland – Results from Sunday’s foursomes (alternate-shot) and singles matches on Day 2 of the 43rd Walker Cup Match, being contested at the 6,873-yard, par-70 Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
Foursomes (GB&I, 3½-½)
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Rodgers (USA) halved with Tom Lewis and Michael Stewart (GB&I)
Jack Senior and Andy Sullivan (GB&I) def. Peter Uihlein and Harris English (USA), 3 and 2
Paul Cutler and Alan Dunbar (GB&I) def. Kelly Kraft and Blayne Barber (USA), 2 and 1
James Byrne and Rhys Pugh (GB&I) def. Patrick Cantlay and Chris Williams (USA), 5 and 3
Singles (GB&I, 3½-6½)
Russell Henley (USA) def. Tom Lewis (GB&I), 4 and 2
Jordan Spieth (USA) def. Andy Sullivan (GB&I), 3 and 2
Nathan Smith (USA) halved with Jack Senior (GB&I)
Michael Stewart (GB&I) def. Patrick Rodgers (USA), 3 and 2
Peter Uihlein (USA) def. Stiggy Hodgson (GB&I), 2 and 1
Blayne Barber (USA) halved with Steven Brown (GB&I)
Rhys Pugh (GB&I) def. Kelly Kraft (USA), 2 and 1
Chris Williams (USA) def. Alan Dunbar (GB&I), 1 up
Harris English (USA) def. James Byrne (GB&I), 2 and 1
Patrick Cantlay (USA) halved with Paul Cutler (GB&I)