SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- The 27th PGA Cup between the U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland was always going to be close here at CordeValle.
Going into Sunday's 10 singles matches, it couldn't be any closer. Through two days and four sessions, the sides are knotted at 8-8.
And when you talk about "close," the U.S. team couldn't be any closer.
U.S. Captain Allen Wronowski addressed his squad in the team room just behind the first tee at CordeValle as the final match ended Saturday evening. He made it a point to single out Alan Morin, who volunteered to sit out the afternoon Foursomes session, admitting to himself and his captain that his length -- or lack thereof -- might be a detriment to a teammate in the alternate-shot format.
"Golf is the purest game there is," Wronowski said. "You talk about the integrity, the honesty, the sportsmanship -- all those beautiful values. To have a player come over and say, 'I think we need to rethink what we're doing, and I think we need to make a change,' that's just amazing. You know how much he wants to play every match, but he was thinking about what we needed to do as a team. That's very selfless and quite commendable."
After Wronowski shared that with the team, Stuart Deane -- who notched the lone outright win of the afternoon (the teams split the foursomes session, 2-2) with teammate Michael Block -- chimed in with a little story about Morin, the cheerleader.
When Deane and Block had their lead cut to 1-up at the 12th hole, Morin rolled up in a cart and asked, "What's happening?"
Deane said they were giving charity to the GB&I team by way of a couple of miscues that opened a door.
Morin shot back with, "Well, this ain't a Pro-Am! Quit handing out charity!"
Deane said the pep talk -- while funny -- pumped him up. The U.S. then birdied three of the next five holes to win 2&1.
Omar Uresti, who holed a crucial eagle putt in the morning session for a halve, also jumped into the conversation and noted how his teammate -- Sean Dougherty -- got in his face when the two trailed 3-down. Next thing you know, the duo won the last three holes to salvage a halve.
In the team room, Uresti has been arguably the team's biggest cheerleader. He's undoubtedly the most accomplished player in the room, having made 351 starts on the PGA Tour. Where some might feel compelled to puff out their chest with those credentials, Uresti instead has made it a point to get his teammates to believe they can win on Sunday.
"I had obviously heard about Omar Uresti, but didn't know much about him until this week, except for his impressive resume," Wronowski said. "Having been around him now, I have to say he's one of the most impressive men I've ever met. He's been such an inspiration in the team room. I sat him this afternoon and he jumped in a cart and pumped everyone up out on the course. He's given our guys confidence and he's been an outstanding team leader."
Wronowski has a team not only invested in winning, but invested in one another.
"I feel really good about where we are and about how the players are playing," Wronowski said. "They're right there to pick each other up if someone needs it. Tomorrow they go off in singles and I like our chances. I really think we're going to win that trophy. This team deserves it. They've worked so hard, they've prepared so hard and they've played so hard. I would love to come out of here for these guys with a 'W.'"