Monday, September 30, 2019

America fight back to win PGA Cup thriller

 A dramatic final day of the 2019 PGA Cup saw the United States produce the greatest comeback
in the competition's history as they came from four points down overnight to beat Great Britain
and Ireland at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas.
A sensational Saturday session put Great Britain and Ireland on course to claim a record third
consecutive victory in the competition.
But the hosts produced a stunning fightback themselves and became the first team to overturn a
deficit heading into day three and win the match. It is the first time the Americans have won
outright in the competition since 2011.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for Cameron Clark’s side that had put everything into all three days
of action but came up just short in a thrilling contest in the Texas heat.
“The Americans got some points on the board early and it started to look like it was going their
 way,” said Clark. “We were struggling early on and we went down quite heavily in the back
matches which puts pressure on the front matches.
“It was tough to take today. It was a real honour to captain your country and we’d done a great
job up until today. I’m very proud of what the lads have achieved this week, they’ve worked
really hard and maybe the end of the week just took its toll on them.”
Having experienced coming from behind himself to secure a draw in the competition in 2013 at
Slaley Hall, Richard Wallis took to the task in hand and added to Great Britain & Ireland’s points
 tally early in the afternoon.
Wallis’ victory put the visitors 11-6 in front but there was trouble brewing with the singles
leaderboard displaying more red than blue.
Wallis said: “2013 was similar in that I went out and got off to a great start so today
was pretty much the same. My intentions were to get in his face really early. Every time
I looked up at the scoreboard I was hoping I’d see more blue than red.
“We’re devastated. Half the job was done and maybe we were a little too relaxed. All credit to the
 Americans, they came out all guns blazing. It’s just a real shame because of the effort Cameron
Clark and the whole PGA have been brilliant.”
A pivotal moment in the match came when American Bob Sowards produced a moment of
 brilliance when he dunked the ball home on 18 to beat Alastair Forsyth. Soon after Alex Beach
produced an incredible up and down to claim a narrow win over Alex Wrigley as the American
points kept coming.
Robert Coles recorded his third consecutive win of the weekend late on but the writing was on the
 wall after Wrigley’s loss and it was down to Marty Jertson to sink the winning putt among
 jubilant scenes as America celebrated an 18th PGA Cup victory. 
“I can take away a huge amount of satisfaction,” Clark added. “To captain your country is always
 fantastic. I’m really proud of what the lads have achieved but it will be tough to go in the team
room, but we’ve enjoyed everything we’ve done this week.”
The PGA Cup returns in 2021 to Foxhills Resort Club and Resort, Surrey, the site of the last Great
Britain and Ireland victory


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