SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Nigel Edwards said he would like to return as captain of the GB&I’s Walker Cup team, though the move would set a precedent: He would become the first man to lead the European side for three terms.
“Of course you’d do it,” Edwards said Sunday night, after his team lost, 17-9, at National Golf Links. “Wouldn’t anyone (want to) captain GB&I? I don’t really think I’m good enough now having lost by such a heavy margin.
“I put my heart and soul over the past four years into captaining the team, and it would have been lovely to have won here this week. Clearly it’s very disappointing, but I think it was only small margins, even though it was a big margin.”
Edwards, who played in four consecutive Walker Cups from 2001-07, captained the GB&I squad to victory at Royal Aberdeen in 2011, an outcome that surprised many given the considerable talent on the U.S. side.
This time, his trip to the States got off to a rocky start early, when he was forced to fly back to Wales a few days before the competition began after his father was hospitalized. It’s impossible to quantify how that distraction affected Team GB&I, but Edwards was absent for two and a half days of preparation in the run-up to the matches.
“I don’t think it’s his fault at all,” said GB&I team member and U.S. Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick, who went 3-1 last week. “I don’t think he should be beating himself up about it. It’s one of those things where they picked the best 10 players in GB&I, and we just didn’t play well enough as a team.”
Ultimately, the decision on Edwards’ future captaincy will be determined by the R&A. He also has a time-consuming job as director of coaching at the English Golf Union. The USGA has already announced that Spider Miller will lead the team in 2015 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in Scotland.