From his Playboy Mansion, Hugh Hefner had quite the view of the first day of the Walker Cup. Indeed, the old rogue might even have paused tending to his coterie when he heard the cheers emanating from the Los Angeles Country Club, where the 13thgreen is adjacent to the nonagenarian’s famous residence.
Before a rousing Great Britain and Ireland fightback, the United States were in the process of laying at least a few of their foursomes ghosts to rest and doing so in record fashion. In the 95-year history of this event there had never been an 8&7 win before. Until now.
As the Amateur champion and European Amateur champion respectively, Harry Ellis and Alfie Plant were expected to provide a stern test for Collin Morikawa and Norman Xiong. However the young Americans won the first five holes and did not look back, shaking hands on the 11th green.
It was a chilling start for Andy Ingram’s side and the startled expressions on the faces of the two Englishmen said it all. They had waited so long for this chance and then, before they really knew it, they were being forced to regroup.