U.S. dominates Saturday singles, takes 8-4 lead

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – In a span of about eight hours, the U.S. Walker Cup team went from trailing in all four foursomes matches to nearly a clean sweep in singles.

Add it all up, and the Americans have a commanding 8-4 lead over GB&I heading into two sessions Sunday at National Golf Links.

The Americans recorded 6 1/2 of the possible eight points in the afternoon singles session, their best performance since the format changed in 1995.

It puts the U.S. in good position to reclaim the cup after a surprising 14-12 loss two years ago at Royal Aberdeen. The Americans have won three of the past four Walker Cups.

The U.S. team won the first six matches Saturday afternoon, the most lopsided being Max Homa’s 5-and-3 victory over Max Orrin. Cal’s Michael Weaver also scored an impressive 3-and-1 victory over Matt Fitzpatrick, this year’s U.S. Amateur champion.

Gavin Moynihan put the only full point on the board for Team GB&I with a 2-and-1 victory over Patrick Rodgers, but Nathan Kimsey botched a chance to win his match when he missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. He halved his match with Justin Thomas.

Team GB&I led, 2 1/2 to 1 1/2, after the morning foursomes session, a disappointing result considering it led all four matches at one point.