A dramatic final day at the 2019 PGA Cup saw the United States produce the greatest comeback in the competition’s history to win back the trophy.
The US team overcame a four point deficit going into the singles matches to beat the Great Britain & Ireland team, which featured Hartlepool’s Alex Wrigley, at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas. Having trailed 6-10 going in the singles, the Americans won eight of the 10 matches to lift the trophy for the first time since 2011.
Alex, competing in his second PGA Cup, picked up three points from three matches in the foursomes and fourballs before narrowly losing his singles match on Sunday. Those three points included an impressive 6&5 win alongside Matthew Cort in Friday’s foursomes and a 7&6 win alongside Robert Coles in Saturday’s fourballs.
Alex said: “Losing so narrowly was a real shame, especially after we’d played so well over the first two days.
“Apart from the result, my second PGA Cup in the US was a special week. It was great to have my family out there with me, including my granddad John who introduced me to the game. I’d love to play on home soil in two years time at Foxhills and will be making a big push to be there.”
A sensational Saturday session put Great Britain & Ireland on course to claim a record third consecutive victory in the competition. Trailing 5-3 after day one, the Europeans won Saturday’s fourballs 4-0 before winning the foursomes session 3-1 to take a four point lead into Sunday. In the singles matches, the Americans produced their finest golf of the week, winning eight matches to overturn the deficit and win the trophy outright for the first time since 2011.