Monday, September 30, 2019


Great Britain and Ireland close in on historic PGA Cup

victory on American turf       
Great Britain and Ireland produced one of their best performance on American
soil to come back from two points down overnight and take a 10-6 lead heading
 into the 2019 PGA Cup singles matches.
After a disappointing opening day at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas,
Cameron Clark inspired his ten-man team to an emphatic 7-1 victory in Saturday’s fourballs and foursomes.
It is the best performance by either team on a Friday or Saturday in the
competition since 2003, when the United States won Friday’s session by 7½ - ½
at Port St Lucie, Florida.
“It’s just been an incredible day,” said a delighted Clark. “The players were down
last night and for them to do what they did today takes a lot of courage. 
“The players knew they had a job to do today. We didn’t want to get further
behind and be pushing it into the singles. We tasked them to try and get into
double figures last night and they’ve achieved that. We just can’t ask for any
more from the players.”
The day started with a 4-0 whitewash in the four-ball session. Rob Coles and Alex Wrigley were the first over the line after comfortably getting
the better of Ben Cook and Ben Kern with six holes to spare.
Coles picked up half a point from his two outings on Friday
 and blew a three-shot lead with as many holes to play in
the afternoon foursomes alongside Alastair Forsyth.
“I was really pleased to get that win,” said Coles. “I had a
 tough day on Friday and we fell behind a little, but to get
out there and really put one to them was fantastic.
“We played really well on the front nine, I think we were
nine-under-par through nine holes. We dovetailed well, Alex
 played great and I made
some birdies so it was good.
“It’s tough playing in a PGA Cup. You have to earn
your points and although I think it was a big win, we
got in front and they were struggling to match it so
we played it pretty good today.”
Alastair Forsyth was paired with fellow Scot Paul O’Hara
 again and they produced an exceptional performance to
take Great Britain & Ireland’s second win of the day.
The highlight of their match was O’Hara’s hole-in-one
attempt at the third that was just a couple of inches away
from the cup.
Elsewhere, the ever reliable Matt Cort continued his
impressive PGA Cup run in Texas, with the Leicestershire
-based professional winning once again alongside debutant 
Jordan Godwin. 
2015 winner Jason Levermore and Richard Wallis secured Great Britain and Ireland’s fourth
 point of the session with three holes to spare.
“You never expect to go and win a session 4-0,” Clark continued. "That kept the momentum
going for this afternoon. When that last match finished this morning, the guys that were going
out in the afternoon knew they’d won 4-0 and it was just a case of telling the guys to keep it
going as much as they could.”
The Great Britain Ireland team did just that. Coles paired with Forsyth who maintained his
unbeaten record with a 5 and 4 victory in the opening foursomes contest.
The reliable duo of Cort and Wrigley delivered again as Great Britain and Ireland celebrated their six consecutive win.
O’Hara and David Dixon were the only defeated pairing on Saturday but Craig Lee and Richard Wallis wrapped up a comfortable 7-1 victory for the visiting team.
Clark added: “The job is a long, long way from being done on Sunday. We know they’re going to
 come out all guns blazing so we’ll just have a quiet night, get them back down to earth a little bit
then move on to Sunday.
“All these boys really want to win over here and create history again. We’re in a good position to
do that.”


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