Rodgers helps bring Walker Cup to USA


Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers helped bring the Walker Cup back to America on Sunday, winning his singles match to help the United States beat Great Britain and Ireland, 17-9, at the National Golf Links of American in Southampton, N.Y.

Nathan Smith won the deciding point for the Americans, beating England's Nathan Kimsey, 4 and 3, in the fifth singles match of the biennial amateur event.

The United States, ahead 8-4 entering the final day, split the four morning foursomes matches and won seven of the 10 afternoon singles matches.

The U.S. leads the series 35-8-1. In 2011, Britain and Ireland won 14-12 at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland.

Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion from Pittsburgh, won the par-3 13th and par-4 14th with pars and ended the match with a halve for bogey on the par-4 15th.

Rodgers and Smith were joined in the winner's circle by Bobby Wyatt, Justin Thomas, Todd White, Michael Kim and Jordan Niebrugge.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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