Gareth Wright hails historic PGA Cup win as ‘amazing’

Great Britain and Ireland celebrate their PGA Cup win
Great Britain and Ireland celebrate their PGA Cup win
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CAPITAL-BASED Gareth Wright admitted it felt “amazing” to be part of the first GB&I team to lift the PGA Cup on American soil.

The visitors made history in the club pros’ version of the Ryder Cup with a dramatic 13.5-12.5 victory over the US at CordeValle in California.

“It is just unbelievable,” admitted West Linton pro Wright, who was also in the GB&I ranks in a 13-13 draw at Slaley Hall two years ago.

“The team just played as one and we all pulled together. It is just amazing to win over here and be part of history.”

Sent out first in the singles by GB&I captain Jon Bevan, Wright had no complaints after losing 2&1 to Michael Block.

“I played good,” said the 2014 Scottish PGA champion. “I made five birdies out there and my only disappointment was that I gave him the eighth hole.”

Wright, who’d picked up three points from four outings in the company of Englishman Jason Levermore, revealed that playing 72 holes in two days had come at a cost.

“I’ve got an open wound on my foot so walking was a bit of a struggle today,” he added. “The heat has also taken it out of me over the past two days.”

Graham Fox, the other Tartan Tour player in the GB&I side, birdied five holes in a row as he delivered one of the wins that helped GB&I take the last session 5.5-4.5.

After Irishman Niall Kearney secured the historic victory by holing a six-foot par putt in the last match to finish, GB&I captain Jon Bevan was thrown into a pond at the 18th by his players.

Hailing the victory, he said: “It get rids of that thing that we’re not competitive or this event doesn’t mean anything.

“Our PGA pros are a class above, as are the US guys. We’ve watched the highest standard of golf here.”