Walker Cup control slips for U.S. side

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2001

SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- For the first time in the 79-year history of the amateur matches, Great Britain & Ireland successfully defended the Walker Cup.

Luke Donald and Nick Dougherty led the charge by winning twice Sunday, including the first two singles matches as GB&I rallied from a one-point deficit and beat the United States for the second straight time.

The cup was clinched when Marc Warren of Scotland defeated U.S. Amateur runner-up James Driscoll on the par-3 17th hole. That gave GB&I 12 1/2 points, enough to retain the Walker Cup for the first time since it began in 1922.

The Americans still lead 31-6-1, but dominance is slowly shifting across the Atlantic.

GB&I won two years ago at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland, erasing a two-point deficit on Sunday by winning 10 of the 12 matches. The matches at scenic Ocean Forest Golf Club were not much different.

Buick Open

GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Kenny Perry earned his first PGA Tour victory in six years and the fourth of his career with a 3-under-par 69 at the Buick Open.

Perry's 25-under 263 was two strokes ahead of Chris DiMarco (65) and Jim Furyk (66), who improved their Ryder Cup chances with strong performances.

Furyk picked up 85 Ryder Cup points to move from 11th to eighth, and DiMarco jumped from 16th to 11th, just 10 points behind Tom Lehman, who missed the cut.

Wendy's Championship for Children

NEW ALBANY, Ohio -- Wendy Ward withstood challenges from Moira Dunn and Annika Sorenstam and set LPGA scoring records for a 54-hole tournament to win the Wendy's Championship for Children by three shots.

Ward's 54-hole hole total of 21-under 195 was a tour record for a 54-hole tournament, both in relation to par and scoring total. The Wendy's Championship is normally a 72-hole event, but was shortened to three rounds to give players extra time to return from last week's British Open.

The victory was Ward's third as a pro and ended a three-year drought. She closed with a 4-under-par 68.

3M Championship

BLAINE, Minn. -- Bruce Lietzke broke out of the pack with birdies on the 11th and 14th to capture his first career Seniors victory with a two-stroke win over Doug Tewell at the 3M Championship.

Lietzke, playing just his third Seniors event since turning 50 on July 26, won $262,500, his second-biggest payday in a 26-year career in professional golf. It was his first pro victory since he won the 1994 Las Vegas Open on the PGA Tour and collected $270,000.

Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales -- Paul McGinley of Ireland took a large step toward securing his first Ryder Cup place by winning a three-man sudden death playoff from Paul Lawrie and Daren Lee in the rain-delayed Wales Open.

The tournament was reduced to 36 holes after persistent overnight rain left the Celtic Manor course unplayable.

McGinley, a 34-year-old Dubliner, moved up to 8th spot on the European Ryder Cup table with just three weeks of qualifying events remaining when he parred the fifth hole of the playoff. Lawrie had been eliminated at the second hole of the playoff.

Lawrie and Lee were tied with McGinley at 6-under-par after the delayed second round finished Saturday night.

Women's Compaq Open

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Raquel Carriedo capitalized on Karine Icher's double-bogey on the 17th hole and a penalty for slow play to win the Compaq Open by one stroke.

Icher, a French rookie trying to win her first European Tour event, made her first double-bogey on the 11th hole when she was penalized an additional one-shot penalty for slow play.

Then she got double bogey on the 17th, a short par 3 after Carriedo birdied the 16th.

Carriedo parred the last two holes and finished with a 1-under-par 72 for a 284 winning total

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