USA players and captain Bob Lewis (far right) show off re-claiming the Walker Cup for the first time since the 1997 Match. The USA posted a 12.5-11.5 victory over Great Britain and Ireland at Chicago Golf Club, ending a three-Match skid. (John Mummert/USGA)

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USA Re-Captures Walker Cup In Dramatic Fashion

Wheaton, Ill.–A half an inch, a half a point. That’s how close the 40th Walker Cup Match was on Sunday at Chicago Golf Club.

Great Britain and Ireland did everything it could to win a fourth consecutive Match, throwing one dramatic and unbelievable shot after another at the United States of America at the 18th hole.

But Jeff Overton coolly two-putted from 18 feet to secure a 1-up victory over 37-year-old Nigel Edwards of Wales, giving the Americans just enough points to re-capture the Cup, 12½-11½.

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Sunday Notebook: McGimpsey-Lewis Rubber Match In The Offing For 2007 Walker Cup?

Wheaton, Ill. Is a rematch a possibility?  Is it too early for either Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup captain Garth McGimpsey or United States of America captain Bob Lewis to say what their response would be if asked, but it was clear that both captains on an initial glance liked the idea.

Before the 40th Walker Cup Match commenced at Chicago Golf Club, both individuals were to give up the reins of their respective teams at the conclusion of Sunday’s play. Generally, Walker Cup captains serve for four years.

While both men are willing to step aside for new leadership, the two close matches the teams have played in 2003 and ’05 – both 12½-11½ outcomes (GB&I winning at Ganton in 2003 and the USA avenging the loss in ’05), both men were at least open to discussing another tour of duty.

Meet The 2005 U.S. Team

The U.S. team is captained by Bob Lewis, 61, of Pepper Pike, Ohio. View the player profiles of this year's team.

Meet The Great Britain & Ireland Team

The GB&I team is captained by Garth McGimpsey, 50, of Bangor, Ireland. View the player profiles of this year's team.


Championship Facts

PAR AND YARDAGE Chicago Golf Club is set up at 6,782 yards and par is 35-3570.

GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT C.B. Macdonald is credited with the original design that opened for play in 1894.  Revisions were made in 1922 by Seth Raynor.

WHAT IS THE WALKER CUP MATCH? The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  The teams consist of not more than 10 players and a captain.  The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY On Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, there will be four foursomes matches (18 holes each) each morning and eight singles matches (18 holes each) each afternoon.

Starting Times (CDT)
Saturday:  7:30 a.m. for foursomes, 12:30 p.m. for singles
Sunday:  7:30 a.m. for foursomes, 12:30 p.m. for singles

TELEVISION COVERAGE The Golf Channel will show live action from the Walker Cup Match from 11-1 on Saturday and from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday (EDT).

TICKETS Daily grounds tickets are $15 apiece and a season ticket for both days and the Opening Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 12) is $75.  Upgrades to include Trophy Club dining are $50 daily and $125 for a season ticket.  Juniors (age 17 and under) are admitted free with a paying adult (two junior per paying adult).  The Ticket Office at Chicago Golf Club is (630) 949-3219.

MEDIA CONFERENCES Captains and players from each team will meet with all credentialed media early Friday afternoon.  Media conferences are also scheduled at the end of each day's play.




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