Great Britain & Ireland Captain Nigel Edwards gave one simple message to his players: "It's not played on paper”. The message paid dividends as his team put on their golf clothing and took back the Walker Cup from America. Against the odds and an American line-up containing six of the worlds top ten amateurs, GB and Ireland stormed to a 14-12 victory.
The win ended a disappointing run of three successive Walker Cup defeats for GB and Ireland. It was also their biggest win since the 15-9 victory in 2001, when the team included current World Number one Luke Donald and last year's US Open champion Graeme McDowell.
Team GB & Ireland got the better of America's future stars such as Patrick Cantlay, known for his recent round of 60 on the US PGA Tour and Harris English, winner of a 'second tier' Nationwide Tour title.
After taking a 7-5 overnight lead, GB & Ireland's increased the gap to five with an outstanding performance in the four morning foursomes. Edwards's men dropped just one point in the opening session, and would have completed a whitewash if only Tom Lewis and Michael Stewart had not let their lead of four up with six to play slip against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Rodgers to finally end in a halved match.
Great & Ireland needed only three points from the ten concluding games. Pugh, Brown and Cutler all secured vital points to make victory a reality.