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Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Americans revel in Walker Cup revenge over Britain & Ireland

Americans revel in Walker Cup revenge over Britain & Ireland

I'm so glad we could win this for our team, win this for Captain (Spider) Miller and win this for the country.

Britain's Jack Singh Brar was his team's only player to win twice.

Redman won this year's U.S. Amateur.

So, two years after going 0-2-1 in the seven-point US loss in the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, McNealy has evened the score, going 2-0 on Day 1.

With the match tied at 2-2 heading into Saturday at Los Angeles Country Club, the USA team won eight out of 12 clashes, allowing them to clinch victory early on Sunday.

Xiong, the Western Amateur champion, was three down through five holes in his match with Connor Syme, squared it at 10 and took the lead for good at the 12th hole, winning 2 and 1.

The United States took an 11-5-lead into the deciding afternoon singles matches.

"When you send your first match out, it's all about the momentum, and along with Braden Thornberry closing his man out early (6 and 5), provided the momentum that I was looking for".

The overall match was decided in weird fashion the opening singles as LACC member Stewart Hagestad got his revenge for a defeat on Saturday to a previously unbeaten Jack Singh Brar.

The United States' other point came with McNealy and Ghim's 5&4 defeat of Boote and Jack Davidson.

The US trio of Maverick McNealy, Colin Monikawa and Doug Ghim each won four points out of a possible four to set a new record.

Miller, who captained the USA team that lost to Great Britain at Royal Lytham 16 1/2-9 1/2 two years ago, said he told his 10-man squad before Sunday that "this is a defining moment, there's certain things in their careers as golfers that they will remember and playing and winning the Walker Cup is one of those defining moments they will remember the rest of their lives".

"It's been unbelievable. I'll never forget this week". And, more than anything, it wasn't so much that I wanted to get redemption for the U.S. Amateur, it was more like I really wanted to win for Cap [Miller]. "I've been playing really well all summer and to end the summer with a week like this is so much fun".

As for the rout, he said, "Today's been an, I guess back home we call it a bit of a hedgehog day".

Great Britain and Ireland captain Andy Ingram paid tribute to the "amazing" winning team. "I wasn't really sure how nervous I would be, but, I don't know, I felt really comfortable from the first tee shot on and just kind of rode the wave. We couldn't get anything moving forward".

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