Great Britain & Ireland storms past United States in historic fashion to capture the 28th PGA Cup

By
Bob Denney
PGA of America

Series: News Feature

Published: Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 1:38 p.m.

OTTERSHAW, Surrey, England (Sept. 17, 2017) – Great Britain & Ireland kicked into a collective second gear on the back nine at Fox hills Club & Resort, with nine of its 10 team members scoring in Sunday’s singles, on the way to a 16-10 victory over the United States in the 28th PGA Cup.       

It was the most points that GB&I had scored against the U.S. since the PGA Cup began in 1973, and it was its first successful defense of the Llandudno International Trophy since 1984. The singles performance matched the Sunday in 2013, with GB&I dominating 7½ - 2½.

Rich Berberian Jr. of Hooksett, New Hampshire, the 2016 PGA Professional Champion and PGA Professional Player of the Year, was the lone American to win a singles match. He went 7-under par through 15 holes, including a pair of eagles, to down England’s Chris McDonnell, 4 and 3.

The U.S. is 17-7-4 in the series, and 6-6-1 on the road in the premier international competition for PGA Club Professionals.

28th PGA Cup
Foxhills Club & Resort
Longcross Course – Sept. 15-17
Ottershaw, Surrey, England

 
Sunday’s Singles
 
Damien McGrane, Kells, County Meath, Ireland (GB&I) def.
Mark Brown, Oyster Bay, N.Y. (USA), 3 and 2
 
Robert Coles, Romford, Essex, England (GB&I) def.
Josh Speight, Locust Hill, Va. (USA), 2 and 1
 
Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla. (USA) halved with
Christopher Currie, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland (GB&I)
 
Matthew Cort, Leicester, Leicestershire, England (GB&I) def.
Jamie Broce, Indianapolis, Ind., 2 and 1
 
Andrew Raitt, London, England (GB&I) def.
Dave McNabb, Newark, Del. (USA), 3 and 2
 
Rich Berberian Jr., Hooksett, N.H. (USA) def.
Chris McDonnell, Chichester, West Sussex, England (GB&I), 4 and 3
 
Paul Claxton, Claxton, Ga. (USA) halved with
Greig Hutcheon, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (GB&I)
 
Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas (USA) halved with
Garry Houston, Wrexham, Clywd, Wales (GB&I)
 
Phillip Archer, Warrington, Cheshire, England def.
Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y. (USA), 1 up
 
David Higgins, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland (GB&I) def.
Adam Rainaud, Chester, Conn. (USA), 3 and 2     
 
Great Britain & Ireland 7½     United States 2½
 
Final Total   Great Britain & Ireland  16, United States 10

Final Individual Standings

  Great Britain & Ireland – Captain: Albert MacKenzie

 

 

 

 

 

  W

  L

  H

  Pts

  Robert Coles, Romford, Essex, England                                     

  4

  1

  0

  4

  Christopher Currie, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland     

  3

  1

  1

3.5

  Andrew Raitt, London, England                                                 

  3

  1

  0

  3

  David Higgins, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland                          

  2

  2

  1

  2.5

  Damien McGrane, Kells, County Meath, Ireland                          

  2

  2

  1

  2.5

  Matthew Cort, Leicester, England                                               

  2

  2

  0

  2

  Phillip Archer, Warrington, Cheshire, England                             

  2

  2

  0

  2

  Greig Hutcheon, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland                 

  1

  1

  1

  1.5

  Gary Houston, Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales                                    

  1

  2

  1

  1.5

  Chris McDonnell, Chichester, West Sussex, England                 

  1

  2

  0

  1

 

 

 

 

 

  United States    Captain: Paul Levy

 

 

 

 

 

  W

  L

  H

  Pts

  Rich Berberian Jr., Hooksett, N.H

  3

  2

  0

  3

  Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla.           

  2

  2

  1

  2.5

  Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y.        

  2

  2

  1

  2.5

  Jamie Broce, Indianapolis, Ind.       

  2

  3

  0

  2

  Adam Rainaud, Chester, Conn.

  2

  3

  0

  2

  Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas             

  1

  1

  2

  2

Mark Brown, Oyster Bay, N.Y.        

  1

  2

  0

  1

Paul Claxton, Claxton, Ga.              

  1

  2

  0

  1

Josh Speight, Locust Hill, Va.         

  1

  3

  0

  1

Dave McNabb, Newark, Del.

0

3

0

0

 

 

Overall Results
Friday Morning Four-Balls

 
Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla. & Jamie Broce, Indianapolis, Ind.  (USA) def. Greig Hutcheon, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland & Damien McGrane, County Meath, Ireland (GB&I), 3 and 2
 
Rich Berberian Jr., Hooksett, N.H. & Adam Rainaud, Chester, Conn. (USA) def. Robert Coles, Romford, Essex, England & Chris McDonnell, Chichester, England (GB&I), 2 and 1
 
Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y. & Mark Brown, Oyster Bay, N.Y. (USA) def. Phillip Archer, Warrington, England & Andrew Raitt, London, England (GB&I), 2 up
 
Chris Currie, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland  & David Higgins, Killarney, Count Kerry, Ireland (GB&I) def. Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas & Paul Claxton, Claxton, Ga. (USA), 3 and 2
 
USA 3, Great Britain & Ireland 1

Friday Afternoon Foursomes
 
Matthew Cort, Leicester, Leicestershire, England &
Garry Houston, Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales def.
Dave McNabb, Newark, Del. & Josh Speight, Locust Hill, Va., 2 up
 
Robert Coles, Romford, Essex, England &
Andrew Raitt, London, England def.
 
Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla. &
Jamie Broce, Indianapolis, Ind., 3 and 2
 
Phillip Archer, Warrington, Cheshire, England &
Christopher Currie, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland def.
 
Rich Berberian Jr., Hooksett, N.H. &
Adam Rainaud, Chester, Conn., 2 and 1
 
Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y. & Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas
Halved with  
David Higgins, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland &
Damien McGrane, Kells, County Meath, Ireland

Great Britain & Ireland 3 ½    United States  1/2
 
Day 1 Total:  Great Britain & Ireland 4½    United States 3½
 
Saturday Morning Four-Balls
 
Christopher Currie & David Higgins (GB&I) def.
Rod Perry & Jamie Broce (USA), 4 and 3
 
Rich Berberian Jr. & Adam Rainaud (USA) def.
Matthew Cort & Garry Houston (GBI), 5 and 3
 
Chris McDonnell & Damien McGrane (GB&I) def.
Matt Dobyns & Mark Brown (USA), 2 and 1
 
Robert Coles & Greig Hutcheon (GB&I) def.  
Josh Speight & Dave McNabb (USA), 2 and 1
 
Great Britain & Ireland    3      United States  1  

Saturday Afternoon Foursomes
 
Paul Claxton & Jamie Broce (USA) def.
Matthew Cort & Garry Houston (GB&I), 1 up
 
Adam Rainaud & Rich Berberian Jr. (USA)  def.
Robert Coles & Andrew Raitt (GB&I), 2 up
 
Rod Perry & Josh Speight (USA) def.
Phillip Archer & Christopher Currie (GB&I), 3 and 2
 
Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y. & Omar Uresti,  Austin, Texas (USA) def.
David Higgins, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland & Damien McGrane, Kells, County Meath, Ireland (GB&I), 4 and 2
 
United States 3    Great Britain & Ireland 1                     
          
Day 2 Total:  Great Britain & Ireland   8 ½       United States  7 ½