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Team USA regain 2013 Walker Cup

The United States crushed Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup on Sunday, destroying the visitors in a 17-9 victory at historic National Golf Links of America.

Despite holding a daunting record in this tournament with 34 wins to GB and Ireland's 8, Team USA came into this contest at Long Island as the challengers after a rare defeat in Royal Aberdeen back in 2011.

This time, however, the hosts were not to be denied in the top amateurs' team event.

Ahead 8-4 on the final day, the home side dominated the afternoon singles matches, taking the points in 7 of the 10. In addition to splitting the morning's foursomes, this was enough for the Americans to take home the trophy.

"Everybody played so hard as a team there were no individuals here, all these guys gave their hearts and I can't say enough about them," an emotional US captain Jim Holtgrieve said.

"I think Bobby Jones and the team of 1922 are all here today and saying good things about us."

GB and Ireland counterpart Nigel Edwards admitted: "They holed out a little bit better and the short shots, the distance control, is where they did us.

"If some matches yesterday afternoon had gone our way down 18 it could have been a lot different but we needed to do the simple things well this week, people have to hole putts and we haven't holed enough putts."

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