Walker Cup results 2013: USA amateurs roll past Great Britain & Ireland

Michael Cohen

The American side took back the Walker Cup from the defending champion Great Britain & Ireland team, starting Sunday with a four-point lead and closing it out early in the afternoon singles session to get the clinching 14 points.

It was over early at the Walker Cup on Sunday, as the American team of 10 amateurs quickly picked up the 5 1/2 remaining points they needed to take the cup away from Great Britain & Ireland. Team USA started the competition at National Golf Links of America with a shaky start in Saturday morning's foursomes matches, but they rolled through the next three sessions to get to, and pass, the required 13 1/2 points to win the cup.

It all changed on Saturday afternoon, when the American side made up the deficit from the morning session by winning 6 1/2 of a possible 8 points in the first singles matches of the weekend. That boosted the USA side to a commanding 8-to-4 lead to start Sunday, when a remaining 14 points were available.

The two teams split the morning session of foursomes, each earning two points and forcing the GB&I squad to pull of a miraculous comeback in the final 10-on-10 singles session Sunday afternoon. They Brits and Irish would need to earn seven of the 10 points, avoiding halves and getting early wins. The Americans have always dominated singles, but struggled in the two-man games, whether it's foursomes (alternating shot) or four ball (best ball). That wasn't the case last Fall, however, as the Euros stormed through Sunday singles for that amazing comeback at Medinah in the Ryder Cup.

There was no such magic for the amateurs from across the pond this year though, and veteran 35-year-old Nathan Smith sealed up the clinching point in just the fifth of 10 matches. Smith closed out Nathan Kimsey as Golf Channel came on the air for their coverage following the Chiquita Classic -- all the drama already gone for the TV partner of the USGA this week.

The American team has quickly produced some of the best PGA Tour players in recent years, with the 2011 group already boasting three Tour winners -- Russell Henley, Harris English, and Jordan Spieth. The 2007 team included Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, among other Tour mainstays. This year's edition again featured the best of the best at the NCAA level, including multiple players from powerhouses Cal and Alabama. It's not a surprise that the USA won, but the convincing rout against a talented British & Irish group, which included No. 1 amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick, was a bit unexpected.

Here are the complete results from the four sessions this weekend:

Saturday -- 12 points available

4 points -- Foursomes (Alternate Shot)

Match 1 -- Halved
Nathan Kimsey & Max Orrin (GB&I) vs. Corey Whitsett & Bobby Wyatt (USA)
Match 2 -- GB&I wins, 1 up
Matthew Fitzpatrick & Neil Raymond Orrin (GB&I) vs. Jordan Niebrugge & Nathan Smith (USA)
Match 3 -- GB&I wins, 3 and 1
Garrick Porteous & Rhys Pugh (GB&I) vs. Michael Weaver & Todd White (USA)
Match 4 -- USA wins, 2 and 1
Gavin Moynihan & Kevin Phelan (GB&I) vs. Patrick Rodgers & Justin Thomas (USA)

8 points -- Singles (GB&I team member listed first)

Neil Raymond vs. Bobby Wyatt -- USA wins, 2 up
Max Orrin vs. Max Homa -- USA wins, 5 and 3
Callum Shinkwin vs. Michael Kim -- USA wins, 2 and 1
Jordan Smith vs. Cory Whitsett -- USA wins, 1 up
Garrick Porteous vs. Jordan Nierbrugge -- USA wins, 1 up
Matthew Fitzpatrick vs. Michael Weaver -- USA wins, 3 and 1
Nathan Kimsey vs. Justin Thomas -- Halved
Gavin Moynihan vs. Patrick Rodgers -- GB&I wins, 2 and 1

Sunday -- 14 points available

4 Points -- Foursomes (Alternate Shot)

Match 1 -- USA wins, 2 and 1
Nathan Kimsey & Max Orrin (GB&I) vs. Corey Whitsett & Bobby Wyatt (USA)
Match 2 -- GB&I wins, 3 and 2
Matthew Fitzpatrick & Neil Raymond Orrin (GB&I) vs. Michael Weaver & Todd White (USA)
Match 3 -- USA wins, 1 up
Garrick Porteous & Rhys Pugh (GB&I) vs. Michael Kim & Max Homa (USA)
Match 4 -- GB&I wins, 2 up
Gavin Moynihan & Kevin Phelan (GB&I) vs. Patrick Rodgers & Jordan Nierbrugge (USA)

10 Points -- Singles (GB&I team member listed first)

Neil Raymond vs. Bobby Wyatt -- USA wins, 4 and 3
Max Orrin vs. Justin Thomas -- USA wins, 6 and 4
Matthew Fitzpatrick vs. Michael Weaver -- GB&I wins, 3 and 2
Rhys Pugh vs. Todd White -- USA wins, 4 and 3
Nathan Kimsey vs. Nathan Smith -- USA wins, 4 and 3 (Clinched Walker Cup, USA reaches 14 points)
Callum Shinkwin vs. Cory Whitsett -- GB&I wins, 2 up
Garrick Porteous vs. Michael Kim -- USA wins, 4 and 2
Kevin Phelan vs. Max Homa -- GB&I wins, 2 and 1
Jordan Smith vs. Jordan Nierbrugge -- USA wins, 6 and 5
Gavin Moynihan vs. Patrick Rodgers -- USA wins, 1 up

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