After falling behind by three points, the United States rallied to beat Great Britain and Ireland 1412-1112.
At Saturday’s St. Andrews match, Great Britain and Ireland held a 7-and-a-half to four-and-a-half lead.
Three of Sunday’s foursomes went to the Americans, and they went on to win six of Sunday’s ten singles matches.
Mark Power, who had already won the foursomes, won the other singles match for the home team, along with Liam Nolan and Jack Bingham.
Preston Summerhays, Gordon Sargent, Stewart Hagestad, and Caleb Surratt have helped the United States win four of the last five singles matches.
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We’re definitely upset,” said Great Britain and Ireland captain Stuart Wilson. I believe the boys will feel it most when they realize they didn’t show up this afternoon and perform to the level we know they are capable of. We had a nice lead this morning that we kind of let slide quite a little in the foursomes.
Even though we anticipated a close game, Saturday’s results were a pleasant surprise. We played six matches yesterday and came away with four and a half points, but today the momentum clearly belonged to the American team.
As one of their coaches put it, “To be fair to the players, they are a great side and they handled the conditions a lot better than our guys.”
U.S. captain Mike McCoy elaborated, “It’s pretty special, it’s certainly the apex of my golfing life.” I had a much more positive outlook on our chances of winning the championship after the morning session.
I was worried last night since mornings have never been our strong point, but the lads played well today, and I really believe that the morning was the key to our victory.