Nathan Smith won the deciding point in the United States’ 17-9 victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup matches on Sunday, taking a 4-and-3 victory over England’s Nathan Kimsey in the fifth singles match at historic National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.
The United States, which took an lead into the final day in the biennial amateur event, split the four morning foursomes matches and won seven of the 10 afternoon singles matches.
The event, first played in 1922 at National Golf Links, is named in honor of former USGA President George Herbert Walker — the grandfather of President George H.W. Bush and great-grandfather of George W. Bush, who attended the matches.
The U.S. leads the series, 35-8-1. In 2011, Britain and Ireland won, 14-12, at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland.
“It’s something I have been wanting for a long, long time, particularly after we lost in 2011,” U.S. captain Jim Holtgrieve said. “I was hoping I would get a mulligan for ’13 and when I knew it was going to be at National Golf Links, which is where it all started, I wanted so bad to come here.”
The 35-year-old Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion from Pittsburgh, won the par-3 13th and par-4 14th with pars and ended the match with a halve for bogey on the par-4 15th.
“This ranks at the top of the list,” said Smith, who has played in the Masters four times. “I never wanted a point so much in my life. This means the most. I’m happy for Jim.”
Alabama teammates Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas, 45-year-old South Carolina high school teacher Todd White, California’s Michael Kim, Oklahoma State’s Jordan Niebrugge and Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers also won singles matches.
TOLEDO WINS MONTREAL
Esteban Toledo won the Montreal Championship for his second Champions Tour victory of the season, chipping in for birdie to beat Kenny Perry on the third extra hole.
The 50-year-old Toledo won the Insperity Championship in May in Texas to become the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history. He also won that event on the third hole of a playoff, topping Mike Goodes with a par.
Toledo shot a 3-under 69 to match Perry at 5-under 211 on La Vallee du Richelieu’s Rouville Course. Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, had a 70.
Toledo, a former boxer, swung his fist after he chipped in for the birdie.
“I always celebrate with a left hook,” Toledo said.
Perry had a chance for force another hole, but his long putt was wide left.
“I really like Esteban,” Perry said. “He’s a talented kid. He works hard and I was very proud of him. That was a great shot. I said, ‘One of us needs to make a birdie.’ Bad for me, but good for Esteban. Great job.”
SVOBODA WINS CAROLINA
Andrew Svoboda won the Chiquita Classic in Davidson, N.C., beating Will MacKenzie with a par on the first hole of a playoff in the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series.
Svoboda tapped in for par on the par-5 18th, and won when MacKenzie — who chipped in for eagle on the hole in regulation — missed a 5-foot par putt.
BJORN WINS IN PLAYOFF
Thomas Bjorn made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Craig Lee for the European Masters title on in Crans-sur-Sierrre, Switzerland.