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McNealy joy as USA draw on home comforts to lift Cup

 

By Liam Kelly

Home sweet home is a recurring key to success in the Walker Cup as the USA team, captained by John Miller, showed with their whopping 19-7 victory over Great Britain and Ireland at Los Angeles Country Club in California.

Miller shed tears two years ago when a team containing five Irish players defeated his side, but Sunday brought redemption for the skipper and Maverick McNealy, the only remaining USA player from 2015 at Lytham.

Patriotism and passion inspired the Americans, but once again home territory worked to the winning team's advantage.

In 15 stagings of the Walker Cup from 1989 to 2017 inclusive, GB & Ireland have won seven times - but only two of those victories were on American soil.

The Americans have won eight of those matches from 1989-2017 and also have just two away victories.

McNealy, the World Amateur No.2, spoke about the Americans' motivation.

"I don't mind you bringing up two years ago because that was such a crucial part of our win this week," he said. "I was so fired up and ready to play and I wanted it so badly for these guys.

"This team is in the history books for our win this week. And I think that was a huge statement for USA amateur golf."

Andrew Ingram, the chairman of the R&A who led the GB&I team after captain Craig Watson had to opt out due to a family illness, believes the possibility of a pre-match training camp for future away venues should be looked at. He said: "I think it is a shock to the system when they play on a course like this."

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