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GB&I get so close

Weir' men close to Medinah-like comeback.

Great Britain & Ireland's PGA Cup captain Russell Weir was full of praise for his side after they came close to staging one of the greatest comebacks ever at De Vere Slaley Hall.

Weir was forced to spend Saturday afternoon in Hexham hospital after feeling unwell but returned on the Sunday to lead his team to an impressive 7½-2½ win in the singles to tie the match 13-13 overall with the team from the USA.

That scoreline was enough for Allen Wronowski’s US team to retain the Llandudno Trophy but the GB&I team had nothing to be ashamed of as they pushed the American team all the way to the end.

“That was phenomenal - the best I’ve seen,” said Weir. “That was exceptional golf by the boys. I was feeling under the weather on Saturday - I found out I had an allergy to red numbers. Seeing all that blue on the board made me feel an awful lot better. The boys were really up for it today. They were just outstanding, there are no other words to describe it.

“I tried to be all over the place but you can’t be everywhere at one time but my heart was there. It’s difficult to describe how I feel and how much pride I feel in those boys.

“At one stage there was no red on the board at all and it looked as if the miracle could happen. Someone showed me a Medinah sweater this morning and we almost had that.”

The draw at De Vere Slaley Hall was only the fourth in the 40-year history of the PGA Cup and sets the contest up nicely for its return to CordeValle in two years where GB&I will again try to wrestle the PGA Cup from the US grasp.

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