Walker Cup 2013 Results: GB and Ireland Take Upper Hand in Early Sunday Action

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, NY - SEPTEMBER 07:  Max Orrin of England and the Great Britain and Ireland team lines up a putt during the afternoon singles matches on Day One of the 2013 Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America on September 7, 2013 in Southampton, New York.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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After seeing the United States streak into an early lead on Saturday, Great Britain and Ireland have begun to claw the score back in their favour.

Thanks to six-and-a-half U.S. singles victories on the first afternoon of play, the U.S. took a giant step toward reclaiming the Walker Cup.

On Sunday, this year’s hosts teed off with an 8-4 lead in the series, but that can all change in the matter of just a few key performances.

The visitors have done well in this morning’s pairs and appear to have been displeased by the manner with which the U.S. dominated on Saturday.

So impressive has their initiative been, in fact, that three of the four U.S. duos failed to go into the lead even once over their front nine endeavours.

Instead, the pairings of Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett, Michael Weaver and Todd White and Max Homa and Michael Kim, had to settle for simply tying matters up when possible.

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The six Americans have just managed a combined five birdies and one eagle over the first 27 holes, giving the British and Irish contenders a route back into the competition.

However, one couple has managed to build on the momentum established yesterday. Patrick Rodgers and Jordan Niebrugge went as far as four up at one stage of their first nine holes against Gavin Moynihan and Kevin Phelan.

The all-Irish pair have struggled to get into matters, just as they did on Saturday, with Rodgers once again helping in their demise.

That being said, Moynihan was the only one to salvage some pride for Great Britain and Ireland in the singles on Saturday, as Alabama Athletics can attest:

It was the afternoon session that ultimately proved to be Great Britain and Ireland’s undoing in the amateur tournament yesterday and could do so once more.

After all, the New York visitors managed to enter the singles event yesterday with a 2.5-1.5 lead before surrendering their commanding position in calamitous fashion.

A confidence-boosting victory in the team section of Sunday’s climax will undoubtedly be the beginning of a comeback, however, making it pivotal that they keep the Southampton hosts on the back-foot before showing some more major improvement later on today.

All scores are correct as of 9:45 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 8.