Britain & Ireland regained the Walker Cup from the United States for the first time since 2003 yesterday, holding off the Americans in the afternoon singles for a 14-12 victory in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The hosts needed 13 1/2 points to win the title and took an insurmountable lead after 17-year-old Welshman Rhys Pugh won his singles match against US Amateur champion Kelly Kraft, 2 and 1, and Steven Brown halved with Blayne Barber.
Paul Cutler than halved with American Patrick Cantlay in the final match of the biennial event between leading amateur players.
“I’m proud of all the boys,’’ Britain & Ireland captain Nigel Edwards said. “They’ve all played their part in beating what is a very good American team.’’
Britain & Ireland, which wrested back the cup after three straight losses, led by 5 points after the morning foursomes, but the Americans pulled closer after Russell Henley beat Tom Lewis, 4 and 2, and Jordan Spieth defeated Andy Sullivan, 3 and 2, in the first two singles.
Jack Senior then halved with American Nathan Smith before Michael Stewart earned a full point for the hosts by beating Patrick Rodgers, 3 and 2.
New Bedford native Peter Uihlein, Chris Williams, and Harris English then all earned points for the Americans, but it wasn’t enough as Pugh and Brown secured the victory.
LPGA - Top-ranked Yani Tseng defended her title in the NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark., beating Amy Yang with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
Yang missed a 6-foot birdie try before Tseng holed the winning putt on the par-5 18th. Both players closed with 3-under 68s to finish at 12-under 201 on the Pinnacle Country Club course.
Tseng leads the tour with five victories this season, including major wins in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open, and also has won three other events this year.
Ai Miyazato (66) was third at 11 under. Cristie Kerr (68) was another stroke back.
European - Simon Dyson had a final-round 66 in Hilversum, Netherlands, giving him his third KLM Open title in six years.
Dyson, who began the day two shots behind third-round leaders Gary Orr and James Kingston, birdied four of the last seven holes to clinch his second title of the year. England’s David Lynn finished a stroke behind.
US Open champion Rory McIlroy was third with a 65.