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Team USA wins Walker Cup: ASU’s Summerhays shines for U.S.

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The United States came back from behind on the final day of the Walker Cup against Great Britain and Ireland. International match play wrapped up Sunday afternoon at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland after a morning round of foursome play and a singles match in the afternoon.

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Arizona State’s Preston Summerhays bounced back after his duo lost the round of foursomes and he tied his singles match on Saturday. The team of Great Britain and Ireland took a commanding 7.5 – 4.5 lead over team U.S. after day one.

On Sunday morning, team U.S. grasped the lead after day two of foursomes, three matches to one. The team of Summerhays and his partner Nick Gabrelcik finished 2-up on their opponents after 18 holes, clenching one of three wins for the U.S. team.

The field moved up from eight players to ten in Sunday’s singles play and six U.S. players pulled out victories for team U.S.A. with two others tieing.

Summerhays came out of the gate strong against James Ashfield after he won five straight holes, putting him 4-up against his opponent. He reached 5-up after hole six before falling back to 4-up at the conclusion of the front nine. 

On the back nine, Summerhays did not let up on his opponent as he quickly jumped back to 5-up after the 11th hole. He finished 4-up and sent his opponent packing after hole 15. 

With a final score of 14.5 – 11.5, team U.S. clinched the Walker Cup over Great Britain and Ireland for the fourth straight year.

Summerhays battles during day 1 of Walker Cup

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Taylyn Hadley is a sports and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow her on X via @TAYLYNH11.

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