GOLF: Brennan earns amazing tie for Great Britain & Ireland in PGA Cup (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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GOLF: Brennan earns amazing tie for Great Britain & Ireland in PGA Cup
9:01pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Sport
BOWOOD pro Nick Brennan admitted Great Britain & Ireland felt like they had snatched victory despite the United States retaining the PGA Cup on a dramatic final day at De Vere Slaley Hall in Northumberland today.
The home side, trailing 10.5-5.5 after two days of foursomes and fourballs, nearly produced a comeback to eclipse that of the European Ryder Cup team at Medinah last year as they wrapped up a 7.5-2.5 victory in the singles on day three of the club professionals' event.
The revival was still one of the greatest seen in team golf and while Allen Wronowski’s US team retained the Llandudno Trophy - as cup holders - it was captain Russell Weir’s GB&I players who carried the broader smiles at the climax of a riveting afternoon session of matchplay golf over the Hunting Course, te 13-13 tie seeing them end a run of three defeats in the biennial contest.
Skipper Weir spent Saturday afternoon in Hexham hospital after feeling unwell, but saw his side launch an astonishing rearguard action, which was completed when Brennan saw off Chip Sullivan 3&2 to secure the tie for GB&I.
“Today proved we’re as good, if not better than the Americans individually, we just need to figure out a way to get the team events and get some more points on the board,” said Brennan, who had been on the losing pair in two fourballs on the opening two days.
“We said we needed eight points and eight from 10 in a big ask. Seven and half is also a big ask but we said let’s get at them and see what happens and see how they cope with the one-on-one thing under the cosh. This feels like a victory for us.”
When Brennan’s victory brought play on 10 enthralling matches to a close, the destination of the silverware played second fiddle to a jubilant GB&I team that very nearly produced the comeback of all comebacks.
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