HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Cole Hammer finally got a point with the shortest match. John Pak completed a perfect week. John Augenstein delivered the clinching point.

And for the first time in 12 years, the Americans celebrated a Walker Cup victory away from home.

Andy Ogletree

Andy Ogletree

Facing a two-point deficit at the start of Sunday, the Americans picked up a point in morning foursomes and then overwhelmed Great Britain & Ireland by taking eight of 10 singles matches for a 15 1/2-10 1/2 victory at Royal Liverpool.

Team USA won the Walker Cup for the second straight time, and the first time overseas since winning at Royal County Down in 2007.

“They’ve got a great memory now,” U.S. captain Nathaniel Crosby said.

The Americans won two of three matches and tied the other in foursomes. GB&I quickly picked up a point in singles when Sandy Scott beat Brandon Wu, the Stanford grad’s first loss of the week.

The rest was all U.S. red.

Hammer was 3 up through six holes on his way to a 6-and-5 victory over Conor Purcell. Pak made it 3-0 for the week with a 2-and-1 victory over Euan Walker. Augenstein, the U.S. Amateur runner-up, began the Walker Cup with the opening tee shot Saturday and officially clinched it Sunday with his 4-and-3 win over Thomas Plumb.

The Americans also won eight of 10 points in Sunday singles two years ago when they won 19-7 at Los Angeles Country Club. Their victory at Royal Liverpool was their widest margin away from home since a nine-point victory at Sunningdale in 1987.

The U.S. team increased the series lead to 37-9-1. The Walker Cup will be held at Seminole Golf Club in Florida in 2021. 


Union native Andy Ogletree, who earned an automatic spot on the team following his win at the U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst Resort in August, was paired with Augenstein, who faced Ogletree in the U.S. Amateur final, in Saturday and Sunday’s morning foursomes. 

The duo fell to Alex Fitzpatrick/Purcell 2 & 1 Saturday and halved against Walker/Scott on Sunday. Scott edged Ogletree 1 up in the Saturday afternoon singles, while Ogletree topped Conor Gough 2 & 1 in the Sunday afternoon singles.

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