Britain and Ireland show plenty of fight in the Walker Cup

Great Britain and Ireland show plenty of fight against the USA on the first day of the Walker Cup in Florida despite the team being hit by a stomach bug

  • A stomach bug affected 14 of the 20 players scheduled to compete
  • Line-up for first foursomes were only finalised two hours before the start
  • The 48th edition concludes with four foursomes and 10 singles on Sunday 

Feeling sick to the stomach is only natural when getting ready to represent your nation at the Walker Cup. 

But nerves had nothing to do with the queasiness that flattened both Britain and Ireland and the Americans as the oldest team event in golf got underway at Seminole in Florida on Saturday.

Such was the virulent nature of a stomach bug, that no fewer than 14 of the 20 players scheduled to compete were afflicted in the build-up. The two captains, Stuart Wilson for the visitors and Nat Crosby — son of Bing — were so ill that neither made it to Seminole on the eve of the event.

Great Britain and Ireland showed tremendous spirit to be level after morning foursomes

The line-ups for the first series of foursomes were only finalised two hours before the start, when both captains had risen from their sick beds to discover who was fit.

The stellar foursomes play saw all four matches going to the 18th hole. The Americans began as favourites but their opponents showed tremendous spirit to emerge 2-2 heading into the eight singles after lunch.

Jake Bolton was one of the alternates but the Englishman came up with a 30ft putt at the 17th and an equally telling iron blow at the 18th to win his anchor match with Angus Flanagan.

Irish pair Mark Power and John Murphy were three down with eight to play but emerged with a point following a comeback where the only tee they stood on holding the lead was the 18th.

Americans Alex Fitzpatrick and Barclay Brown fought back from three down to level. America’s Cole Hammer had the final word, however, holing from 35ft on the 18th for a point. The 48th edition concludes with four foursomes and 10 singles on Sunday.

Bolton came up with a 30ft putt at the 17th as he won his anchor match with Angus Flanagan




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