The 47th Walker Cup matches at Royal Liverpool GC got off to a fine start this morning at Hoylake with each match finishing on the 17th green and the score was 2-2. The biannual amateur match between Great Britain and Ireland and the United States started in benign conditions.
European Tour winner Matt Fitzpatrick was in the gallery of his younger brother Alex who partnered Conor Purcell to a 2&1 victory over Andy Ogiltree and John Augenstein. The United States Team gained the next point with John Pak, who admitted to being nervous playing in front of the large galleries, and Isiah Sakunda who beat Sandy Scott and Euan Walker.
GB&I’s Harry Hall and Connor Gough took the third point 2&1 beating Stewart Hagestad and Akshay Bhatia and Brandon Wu and Alex Smalley won 2&1 against Tom Sloman and Thomas Plumb.
The afternoon singles draw is as follows:
United States vs. Great Britain & Ireland
Cole Hammer vs. Alex Fitzpatrick
Steven Fisk vs. Euan Walker
Andy Ogletree vs. Sandy Scott
John Augenstein vs. Conor Purcell
John Pak vs. James Sugrue
Isaiah Salinda vs. Conor Gough
Alex Smalley vs. Caolan Rafferty
Brandon Wu vs. Tom Sloman
This means that all 12 men on both sides will have played on the first day.
So many of us have been shocked this morning to hear of the sudden passing of Gordon Brand Jnr, who was playing on the StaySure tour only recently and commentating for radio at the Open Championship just two weeks ago. He was a very fine player, feisty competitor and proud Ryder Cup player.
It feels very odd when golfers who I have grown up with – though a decade or more ahead – start to leave us. The loss of Seve Ballesteros felt very wrong, losing Payne Stewart was a shock and around this time last year the upsetting loss of Bruce Lietzke. But when a passing is so sudden and unexpected as Gordon’s was it is very sad. Condolences to his family and his many friends on tour.
President Trump has sacked the employee who re designed the Presidential Seal of Office which had the eagle clutching a set of golf cluns.
The eagle’s left talon clutches not arrows, but a bundle of golf clubs. Remember the olive branch that is traditionally held in the right talon? Now it’s a wad of cash. And wait. Why does the eagle have two heads instead of one? Turns out this is exactly the way the eagle in Russia’s coat of arms looks, a not-so-subtle nod to the president’s deep ties to that country. In case that wasn’t blatant enough, instead of “E pluribus unum,” the eagle’s banner reads “45 es un títere,” Spanish for “Trump is a puppet.” Really.