Dear rallies for GBI


ARDMORE, Pa. – Gavin Dear didn’t like what he saw on the scoreboard when he reached the 16th green Saturday afternoon at the Walker Cup.

His Great Britain & Ireland team didn’t lead one of the eight singles matches being played.

His squad trailed in six matches and was all square in two others.

Dear, of Scotland, was among those trailing, 2 down with two holes to play against Brian Harman in the leadoff match, but he rallied terrifically to scratch out a half point that felt like a victory after being 3 down with five to play. He hoped it would spark teammates to rally similarly behind him. In fact, GB&I ended up salvaging three of eight possible points in the afternoon. Though the Americans ended up leading 8-4 after Day 1, the advantage could have been much larger without the late GB&I rally

“If guys see you were 3 down and you’ve come back to all square, they see it’s very doable,” Dear said.

Dear hit a 5-iron to 12 feet at the 17th, making par to win the hole after Harman missed the green. At the 18th, Dear holed a nerve-racking 10-foot putt for par to win there after Harman missed the green left.