McDonnell brings home PGA Cup

Chris McDonnell can look back on a winning PGA Cup debut after the Great Britain and Ireland team defeated the USA 16-10 at Foxhills to retain the trophy.

The former Stocksfield pro – now based at Goodwood Golf – picked up a point along with Damien McGrane in the fourball matches although he and Rob Coles went down in the second series and a singles defeat by Rich Berberian won’t have pleased him.

However, every member of his 10-strong team played their part in a great comeback after the USA won the Saturday foursomes 3-1 to go into the singles just a point adrift.

The match at Slaley Hall in Northumberland four years ago ended all square and its successor in 2015 at CordeValle, California, resulted in Great Britain and Ireland prevailing by a point.

But the Americans who were left reeling after GB and Ireland reprised the 7.5–2.5 singles victory they registered at Slaley Hall.

While the Ryder, Solheim and Walker Cups remain in American hands, the Llandudno Trophy is heading back to GB&I.