JUNO BEACH, Florida – Angus Flanagan has multiple nicknames. In high school he was called « Gus ». In college, his teammates called him « Ang » or « Angy » to avoid confusion with another Minnesota player named Gus Minkin. And he is known to his father Steve as the « Wee Man ».
On Sunday morning in Seminole, Flanagan hit full swing for the UK and Ireland. The Englishman from Woking has teamed up with fellow countryman Ben Schmidt and earned a hard-fought draw with All-America stars Cole Hammer and Davis Thompson. This half point ensures that the visitors only reach the singles by one point (9.5-7.5) on Sunday afternoon.
« That’s what we wanted, » said Flanagan, his team now probably with the slight dynamic, « Just to have a chance. »
Irish Mark Power and John Murphy scored a four point for Wilson in the leadoff match. They started Birdie-Birdie-Eagle and held onto Pierceson Coody and John Pak (1). The Englishmen Matty Lamb and Jack Dyer sent Stewart Hagestad and Ty Strafaci, 6 and 5.
Power goes into the individual standings with a perfect 3-0, as does the American Ricky Castillo, who together with William Mouw with three holes of 1 fought back down to play against Alex Fitzpatrick and Barclay Brown. Castillo, who admittedly plays some of the best golf courses of his career this weekend, hit 16 aggressively on the 408-yard par-4 hole, leaving Mouw about 50 yards from a hard backpin. Mouw gave Castillo a 12-foot birdie look, and after a good lesson from Brown, Castillo rolled in the match-tying putt.
« That was a momentum changer, » said Castillo, who then watched. how Mouw sank a decisive par putt on the 17th par 3 to finally take the lead.
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It was an important point when Hammer, who went undefeated on Saturday, and Thompson gave up a 4-up lead after eight holes. They were also three to four to play before Flanagan and Schmidt won three of the last four holes, including the par-4 finisher where Hammer drove it into a tough lie of a left fairway bunker.
After Thompson over one asked for relief at a nearby animal hole and was refused, he decided to hit 7-irons out of an uncomfortable position. With one foot out of the trap, Thompson barely pushed the ball forward and Hammer found the right bunker on the green with her third shot.
Meanwhile, Flanagan knew that the 18th hole did not match his fade-out from the tee, especially in the wind howled from the sea and left. So, just like on Saturday morning, he aimed at the driving range. Schmidt didn’t score as well as Jake Bolton in the opening session, his approach came short and rolled down the hill to about 75 yards, but Flanagan hit a nice, low pitch at 15 feet and a two-putt ended well enough for the tie after Hammer missed an 8-foot bogey save.
« It’s Mr. Toad’s wild ride today, you could say, » said US Captain Nathaniel Crosby. “We lost that half point there at the very end. We thought we’d get a full point. Lost the last two holes to a couple of tragic lies on the 17th and 18th given to Davis Thompson and Cole Hammer. The points came slowly this morning. It’s only four points and we have a full 10 this afternoon. It’s going to be like a waterfall and we’re hoping to win some games and see where it comes out. But it’ll be nip and tuck. That’s for sure. «
Great Britain and Ireland, just one point behind by 10 games on Sunday afternoon, are trying for the third time in 48 attempts to win on foreign soil. Only the 1989 squad (in Peachtree) and the 2001 team ( in Ocean Forest) won a Walker Cup in the USA.
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