The United States retained the Walker Cup with a 14-12 victory over Great Britain and Ireland at Seminole Golf Club, Florida.
GB&I trailed 7-5 overnight, but won Sunday’s quartets 2½-1½ to close the gap before the final 10 singles.
Austin Eckroat demolished Mark Power 7 and 6 and Pierceson Coody defeated Alex Fitzpatrick 3 and 1 to extend the lead of the United States.
Joe Long and Matty Lamb won to give GB&I hope, but Cole Hammer got the 13th American point to keep the trophy.
And Stewart Hagestad, playing his third Walker Cup, won five straight holes from the ninth to help him beat Ben Jones 4 & 2 and record the 14th point winner.
GB&I were huge outsiders for the 48th staging of the biennial amateur team competition. They won only twice on American soil in an event which was first contested in 1922, and the 10 Americans were ranked among the top 30 amateurs in the world, while the visitors had only one. of them.
Players from both teams were stricken with “gastrointestinal problems” on the eve of the competition but Covid-19 was quickly ruled out given all the tests that have taken place.
Long was one of the GB&I players to be hit and he was just fit enough to play in the final singles session, but he won his match on the 18th hole, and when Lamb followed suit moments later, GB&I needed four points from the remaining six matches. , with a change of dynamics in their favor.
However, GB&I’s Barclay Brown made a mess of the last to offer Quade Cummins a half, and Ricky Castillo and Hammer added deciding points as the United States took control.
“It’s the pinnacle of amateur golf and being part of a Walker Cup winning team is pretty special,” said Castillo, who beat Irishman John Murphy 2 & 1 to win all four of his matches.
Angus Flanagan hit a 30-foot putt on the last to win his singles match, while Jack Dyer, a late substitute for injured Sandy Scott who would have been the visitor’s highest-ranked player in the seventh place in the world, also won. his match on the 18.
“It’s been a good weekend,” said GB&I captain Stuart Wilson. “We let the Americans go with a few cowardly hits, but we are grateful to them.”
Wilson’s US counterpart Nathaniel Crosby said: “It was such a level game. I thought the windy conditions with firm and fast greens might be suitable for GB&I, but we have huge talent. A lot of these guys. turn pro next week, so the PGA Tour is going to be well served. “
It was the first of four team events scheduled for 2021 with the women’s amateur equivalent, the Curtis Cup, set to take place August 26-28 in Conwy, Wales. The Solheim Cup and The Ryder Cup will follow in September, both held in the United States.
Saturday quartet (US first)
Cole Hammer and Davis Thompson beat Alex Fitzpatrick and Barclay Brown 1UP
Quade Cummins and Austin Eckroat lost to Mark Power and John Murphy 1UP
Mac Meissner and Ricky Castillo beat Jack Dyer and Matty Lamb 2UP
Stewart Hagestad and William Mouw lost to Angus Flanagan and Jack Bolton 1UP
Score: US 2-2 GB&I
Pierceson Coodybeat Alex Fitzpatrick 2UP
Davis Thompson lost to Mark Power 3 and 2
Ricky castillo beat Ben Schmidt 5 & 3
William Mouw beat Ben Jones 4 & 3
Quade Cummins lost to Matty lamb 2 and 1
Austin Eckroat beat Angus Flanagan 1UP
John Pak lost to Barclay brown 2 and 1
Cole’s Hammer beat John Murphy 3 & 1
Score: US 7-5 GB&I
Pierceson Coody and John Pak lost to Mark Power and John Murphy 1UP
Ricky Castillo and William Mouw beat Alex Fitzpatrick and Barclay Brown 1UP
Davis Thompson and Cole Hammer tied with Angus Flanagan and Ben Schmidt
Stewart Hagestad and Tyler Strafaci lost to Matty Lamb and Jack Dyer 6 and 5
Result: US 8½-7½ GB&I
Austin Eckroat beat Mark Power 7 and 6
Pierceson Coody beat Alex Fitzpatrick 3 & 1
John Pak lost to Joe long 1UP
Davis Thompson lost to Matty lamb 2UP
Quade Cummins tied with Barclay Brown
William Mouw lost to Angus flanagan 1UP
Ricky castillo beat John Murphy 2 & 1
Tyler Strafaci lost to Jack dyer 1UP
Cole’s Hammer beat Ben Schmidt 4 & 3
Stewart hagestad beat Ben Jones 4 & 2
Final grade: US 14-12 GB&I