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Lucky Americans up big in Walker Cup

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ARDMORE, Pa. – Gavin Dear’s assessment of why Americans Adam Mitchell and Brian Harman won their Sunday morning foursomes match at the Walker Cup didn’t go over so well.

'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.