Walker Cup: Player ratings for the GB&I team

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How Nigel Edwards' team performed at Royal Lytham in their record-breaking victory

Ashley Chesters

Club: Hawkstone Park, Shropshire

Record: P4 W3 H1 L0

The most experienced and oldest member of the team led off GB&I in every session and only US Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau could live with him, halving their first-day singles. This was a fitting way to sign off from a glittering amateur career.

Rating: 10/10

Paul Dunne

Club: Greystones, Co Wicklow

Record: P4 W1 H1 L2

The third-round leader of the Open played in all four sessions but wasn’t quite at his best, especially on Saturday. Recovered well to earn a win and half on the final day.

Rating: 7/10

Ewen Ferguson

Club: Bearsden, Glasgow

Record: P2 W1 H0 L1

Ferguson was the youngest member of the team and was promoted from reserve at the last minute when Sam Horsfield pulled out. He looked the part, played with both exuberance and great talent. Losing on the last to Beau Hossler, America’s best player, was hardly a disgrace. Looks sure to be a star of the amateur game in the coming years.

Rating: 8 1/2/10

Grant Forrest

Club: Craigielaw, East Lothian

Record: P2 W1 H0 L1

By beating Scott Harvey in the final session the Craigielaw man ensured that every member of Nigel Edwards team contributed a full point to the team. It also meant he exacted revenge for his defeat at the hands of Harvey on the previous day.

Rating: 7/10

Jack Hume

Club: Naas, Co Kildare

Record: P4 W1 H1 L2

Alongside Gavin Moynihan, Hume completed a comfortable foursomes win on the first morning, setting the tone for GB&I’s dominance. Narrowly lost to Hossler in the afternoon singles and then came up against America’s best pair in the Sunday foursomes before halving the last match to finish.

Rating: 7 1/2/10

"Before Mullen, the last players to win four times for GB&I in a Walker Cup were Luke Donald and Paul Casey"
Gary Hurley

Club: West Waterford, Co Waterford

Record: P4 W2 H1 L1

The weekend improved steadily for the tall Irishman, who showed himself to be an accomplished putter. A tight opening loss was his only reverse in four outings and he won twice on Sunday, both matches going down the last.

Rating: 8 1/2/10

Jack McDonald

Club: Kilmarnock Barassie, Ayrshire

Record: P3 W2 H1 L0

Formed a highly successful foursomes partnership with his fellow Stirling University student Cormac Sharvin and added a fine half in the singles against the highly rated Lee McCoy.

Rating: 8 1/2/10

Gavin Moynihan

Club: The Island, Co Dublin

Record: P4 W2 H0 L2

GB&I’s senior figure, in the sense that he was the only one with previous Walker Cup experience, was positioned as the side’s anchorman in all four sessions. It worked beautifully on the first day but he was unfortunate to run into DeChambeau on Sunday twice and that dented his proud individual record.

Rating: 7/10

Jimmy Mullen

Club: Royal North Devon, Devon

Record: P4 W4 H0 L0

What a weekend for the Devonian. The last players to win four times for GB&I in a Walker Cup were Luke Donald and Paul Casey and if his career goes half as well as theirs when he turns pro then he will go on to be a rich man. He has the air of a lad you might know from your local club but showed here he was more than a match for the Americans.

Rating: 10/10

Cormac Sharvin

Club: Ardglass, Co Down

Record: P3 W3 H0 L0

Formed a highly effective foursomes partnership with his fellow Stirling University student Jack McDonald. They won well twice and he took full advantage of being drawn against America’s weakest player, the 51-year-old Mike McCoy, to add an emphatic singles point as well.

Rating: 9/10

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