Lucky Americans up big in Walker Cup
'They got lucky,' Dear said bluntly after he and Matt Haines were defeated, 3 and 2, at Merion Golf Club.
“Lucky?” Harman said. “I am not sure what’s lucky about hitting a lot of greens and fairways.”
Notably, Harman and Dear will meet leading off the afternoon singles.
The Americans ended up winning three of the four morning foursomes matches to take a commanding 11-5 lead. GB&I must win 8 1/2 points in the 10 afternoon matches to take home the cup.
Harman extended his undefeated career record in the Walker Cup to 4-0-2.
“Hopefully, I’ll get lucky all day,” Harman said. “The more I practice, the luckier I get.”
Harman is 2-0-1 in this year’s matches, Dear 0-2-1.
Americans Rickie Fowler, Peter Uihlein and Bud Cauley will all be looking to go 4-0 with wins in afternoon singles.
Great Britain & Ireland’s best player has been Stiggy Hodgson, who lost his first match Sunday morning, when Fowler and Cauley defeated Hodgson and Niall Kearney, 1 up. Hodgson's record is 2-1.
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Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.