Fitzpatrick, Orrin headline GB&I Walker Cup picks


A day after the U.S. team was finalized, the R&A announced Monday the 10 players who will compete for Great Britain and Ireland at next month’s Walker Cup. 

As expected, U.S. Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick headlines Team GB&I as it looks to retain the cup Sept. 7-8 at National Golf Links of America. The U.S. team has not lost on home soil since 2001 and leads the overall series, 34-8-1.

The GB&I squad consists of seven players from England, two from Ireland, one from Wales and no amateur from Scotland – the first time since 1949 that no Scotsman has made the team.

The other notable selections include Garrick Porteous, who was an automatic selection after winning the British Amateur, as well as English Amateur winner Callum Shinkwin and St. Andrews Links Trophy champion Neil Raymond, who at 27 is the oldest team member.

Kevin Phelan (North Florida), Rhys Pugh (East Tennessee State), Gavin Moynihan (Alabama), world No. 7 Max Orrin, Nathan Kimsey and Jordan Smith round out the squad, which will be captained by Nigel Edwards.

“We believe we have selected a strong team that includes some of the best amateur players in the world,” Edwards said in a release. “The players have all competed at the highest levels of the amateur game and will relish the challenge of facing the Americans on their home soil.”