Match recaps: Sunday at Merion

Recaps from Sunday singles at the 42nd Walker Cup.

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MATCH 17: Gavin Dear (GB&I) def. Brian Harman, 3 and 2

Dear goes on a putting tear in the middle of the match, holing a couple of key par saves at Nos. 11-12 before winning the next three holes. He birdies No. 13 from 12 feet, wins the 14th with a par, and was conceded the 15th after Harman hit his tee shot out of bounds.

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MATCH 18: Rickie Fowler (U.S.) def. Matt Haines, 2 and 1

Fowler doesn’t have his usual putting magic, missing a pair of short putts at Nos. 10 and 14, but does enough down the stretch to win and stay perfect in the matches. Haines holes nice putts at 13 (for birdie) and 14 (long par putt) to get to 1 down, but Fowler pulls away again with a par at the par-4 15th. The match ends when Haines hits his tee shot well right and both players make bogey at the par-3 17th.

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MATCH 19: Peter Uihlein (U.S.) def. Stiggy Hodgson, 3 and 1

Uihlein makes three birdies in the first seven holes to get the jump on GB&I’s best player. Hodgson pegs him back to 1 down after 15. However, Uihlein is home and dry when Hodgson fails to get up and down from off the 16th. An excellent up-and-down at 17 along with a Hodgson bogey gives the Oklahoma State player the winning point.

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MATCH 20: Morgan Hoffmann (U.S.) def. Wallace Booth, 1 up

Two-over par golf is good enough to give Hoffmann a 1-up victory. Booth is only one shot worse than Hoffman in relation to par, but a double bogey at 17 to a bogey proves to be the difference in the match.

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MATCH 21: Chris Paisley (GB&I) halved Bud Cauley

Cauley said it was difficult to concentrate after finding out on the 16th tee that the U.S. had clinched the cup, which may have been the reason for a missed 7-footer on No. 17 that would have won one of the closest matches of the day. Neither player took more than a 1-up lead and after the pair halved the match on 18, Cauley says “It was only right that it ended that way.”

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MATCH 22: Sam Hutsby (GB&I) def. Adam Mitchell, 1 up

Another tight match, Hutsby and Mitchell play steady throughout the afternoon, Hutsby winning Nos. 16 and 17 to take a 1-up lead and eventually winning the match.

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MATCH 23: Tommy Fleetwood (GB&I) def. Drew Weaver, 1 up

Drew Weaver comes back from a 4-down deficit with seven holes to play to square the match heading to the 18th hole, but can’t pull it out. Weaver makes double bogey amid an already-celebrating crowd.

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MATCH 24: Cameron Tringale (U.S.) def. Luke Goddard, 8 and 6

Tringale goes out late but takes care of business early to win America’s second point of the day and set up Uihlein’s clinching point on the 17th. Tringale said both players struggled early as he won the par-5 second hole with a bogey. But Tringale turns it on after that, making five birdies over the next nine holes to close things out.

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MATCH 25: Niall Kearney (GB&I) def. Nathan Smith, 3 and 2

To cheers of “Ole Ole Ole,” Niall Kearney is one of the fewer GB&I winners in afternoon singles.

Kearney plays steady, building a 3-up lead with a combination of Smith missteps and a birdie on the short seventh hole.

The Irishman misses a chance to go 4-up when an 8-footer on the short par 4 10th hole fails to drop. When Smith makes his lone birdie of the match on the 11th hole, the lead slips to just 2 up.

Kearney makes par saves on the 12th from 8 feet and the 14th from 18 feet to keep control of the match. It ends on a Smith three-putt at the 16th.

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MATCH 26: Brendan Gielow (U.S.) def. Dale Whitnell, 4 and 3

Brendan Gielow, anchor of the U.S. team, struggles early, failing 1 down through five holes to Dale Whitnell.

Whitnell runs into a stretch of four bogeys and a double, from the sixth to 14th holes while Gielow builds a 4-up lead with a birdie on the 13th hole.

Both players birdie the last hole of the 42nd Walker Cup giving Gielow a 4-and-3 victory.

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