Golf: Donald can be the driving force for Britain
Saturday 11 September 1999
Home successes in the Walker Cup can be counted on one hand. America holds a commanding 31-4 advantage, with one match tied of the 36 played since it started in 1922. It is for that reason the match has often been called the "Walkover Cup". Last time around the Americans cruised to an 18-6 victory at Quaker Ridge, New York, in 1997. That was not quite as bad as the 19-5 drubbing Britain and Ireland received in 1993 in Minnesota.
Sandwiched in between those two huge defeats was a famous victory at Royal Porthcawl when Britain and Ireland beat an American team that included Tiger Woods.This year's American team is strong, too, and includes Matt Kuchar and David Gossett, winners of the 1997 and 1999 US Amateur Championships respectively.
Yet McEvoy feels the side he has assembled this year is better than the team that won four years ago, but he is having difficulty making that point. "It's at times like this I get so irritated with previous captains because they have all said this is the best team we've ever had," said McEvoy. "Then when I say it, it just seems like I'm saying the same as everyone else. The truth is that it is one of the best I've come across."
McEvoy defends his statement by pointing to the fact that his side contains the four players - Luke Donald, Paddy Gribben, Lorne Kelly and Gary Wolstenholme - who won the Eisenhower Trophy, the World Amateur Team Championship, in Chile last year.
"We do have champions in our team, we do have a long run of success aside from the Walker Cup and even in the Walker Cup," he said. "If we win this one we've won three of the last six and that's salad days for the Walker Cup relative to the previous record."
McEvoy's team is good blend of youth and experience. Besides Wolstenholme, 39, the 1991 British Amateur champion playing in his third Walker Cup, the team also includes Graham Rankin, the 33-year-old who was a member of the winning 1995 team. Rounding off the side are Simon Dyson (22), David Patrick (24), Philip Rowe (20), Paul Casey (22), Kelly (25), Storm (21), and 30-year-old Gribben, a former professional.
Then there's Luke Donald, the 21-year-old who attends Northwestern University in Chicago. Donald is currently the No 1 amateur player in the United States, an accolade that normally belongs to a member of the American side. The tables might have finally turned.
WALKER CUP (Nairn) Today's matches (GB and Irl names first): Morning Foursomes: G Rankin and G Storm v H Haas and J Miller; P Casey and L Donald v J Byrd and S Scott; P Gribben and L Kelly v D Gosset and T Jackson; P Rowe and G Wolstenholme v M Kuchar and B Molder. Afternoon Singles: G Rankin v E Loar; L Donald v T McNight; G Storm v Hunter Haas; P Casey v S Scott; D Patrick v J Byrd; S Dyson v D Gossett; P Gribben v B Molder; L Kelly v T Jackson.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United's best XI of the season so far: No place for Angel Di Maria or Juan Mata
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
WrestleMania 31 results: Seth Rollins stuns WWE as he cashes in Money in the Bank contract to claim title from Brock Lesnar
Chelsea's best XI of the season so far: Petr Cech has been better than Thibaut Courtois
Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Manchester City's Jesus Navas are the three best attacking midfielders in Europe in 2015
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 2 Britain First 'acting like Ukip henchmen' by invading meeting of activists in revenge for pub protest against Nigel Farage
- 3 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 4 Tidal: Jay Z's Spotify rival streaming service criticised for making wealthy artists even richer
- 5 Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This leading supplier of compliance software a...
£24000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Associate System Engineer r...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Executive Assistant is required to join a l...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...