Open star Dunne to lead GB&I Walker Cup team


Open Championship star Paul Dunne will lead the Great Britain and Ireland team against the Americans at next month’s Walker Cup.  

The R&A finalized the 10-man roster for the GB&I squad on Monday.

Dunne, who shared the 54-hole lead at St. Andrews, was an obvious choice for the team, and he was one of five Irishmen who will play in the Sept. 12-13 matches at Royal Lytham, along with Jack Hume, Gary Hurley, Cormac Sharvin and Gavin Moynihan.

The rest of the team, which will be captained by Nigel Edwards: Ashley Chesters, Grant Forrest, Sam Horsfield, Jack McDonald and Jimmy Mullen.

“I know there will be players who are disappointed not to have made the team,” Edwards said, “and it has been a difficult decision to make with such strength in depth in the British and Irish game at the moment, but we believe we have selected the best players for the team and are very much looking forward to the match."

The U.S. team announced its final roster on Sunday, after the completion of the U.S. Amateur. 

The Americans won in a rout in 2013, but they were stunned the last time they played overseas, in 2011, with a team that included PGA Tour players Jordan Spieth, Patrick Rodgers, Harris English and Russell Henley