Great Britain & Ireland retain the Walker Cup


SEA ISLAND, Georgia, AP

For the first time in the 79-year history of the amateur matches, Great Britain & Ireland is going home with the Walker Cup.

Luke Donald and Nick Dougherty led the charge by winning twice Sunday, including the first two singles matches as GB&I rallied from a one-point deficit and beat the United States for the second straight time.

The cup was clinched when Marc Warren of Scotland defeated U.S. Amateur runner-up James Driscoll on the par-3 17th hole. That gave GB&I 12 1/2 points, enough to retain the Walker Cup for the first time since it began in 1922.

The Americans still lead 31-1-6, but dominance is slowly shifting across the Atlantic.

Trailing by one point going into the last day, GB&I won three of the four alternate-shot matches in the morning to regain the lead, then poured it on.

Molder saved par from the bunker on the 18th for a 1-up victory over Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, and he went 3 1-0 in his matches, the only player to go unbeaten.

That was hardly a consolation.

He went back to cheer on his teammates, but all hope was lost at that point. Donald, overcame a fleeting deficit to beat Lucas Glover. Donald closed out the match on the 16th.

Dougherty followed with a 1-up victory over D.J. Trahan, who found the bunker on the 18th and failed to get up-and-down.

That ended a streak of eight straight victories by the Americans. Since then, GB&I has won four of the last seven matches.