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U.S. withstands late GB&I rally, retains PGA Cup

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Not even a singles comeback could help lift Great Britain & Ireland to a breakthrough victory at the PGA Cup.

Trailing by five points heading into the final day at Slaley Hall in Hexham, England, Team GB&I won seven of the 10 singles matches to force a 13-all tie. Because the Americans were the defending champions, they retain the cup.

England’s Dan Greenwood holed a 5-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday to secure only the fourth draw in the event’s history.

The Americans, who have not lost since 2005, boast a 17-5-4 edge in the biennial competition.

Originated in 1973, the PGA Cup is a Ryder Cup-style event pitting PGA club professionals from the U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland.

Sunday singles results:

Benn Barham, Kent, GB&I, def. Mike Small, USA, 4&3

Richard Wallis, GB&I, def. Bob Sowards, USA, 3&2

Kelly Mitchum, USA, def. Greig Hutcheon, GB&I, 2&1

JC Anderson, USA, vs. Scott Henderson, GB&I, halved

Gareth Wright, GB&I, def. Jeff Sorenson, USA, 2&1

Graham Fox, GB&I, def. Rod Perry, USA, 3&2

Dan Greenwood, GB&I, def. Matt Dobyns, USA, 1-up

Ryan Polzin, USA, def. David Callaway, GB&I, 3&2

Nick Brennan, GB&I, def. Chip Sullivan, USA, 2&1

Jon Barnes, GB&I, def. Mark Sheftic, USA, 3&2