U.S. wins big, takes back Walker Cup

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Nathan Smith won the deciding point in the United States' 17-9 victory over Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup on Sunday, beating England's Nathan Kimsey 4 and 3 in the fifth singles match at historic National Golf Links of America.

The United States, ahead 8-4 entering the final day in the biennial amateur event, split the four morning foursomes matches and won seven of the 10 afternoon singles matches.

The U.S. leads the series 35-8-1. In 2011, Britain and Ireland won 14-12 at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland.

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.

Alabama teammates Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas, 45-year-old Todd White, California's Michael Kim, Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge and Stanford's Patrick Rodgers also won singles matches.

Chiquita Classic

At Davidson, N.C., Andrew Svoboda won the Chiquita Classic, 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 eagled the hole in regulation — missed a 5-footer. Svoboda shot a 2-under 70 to match MacKenzie at 12 under. MacKenzie finished with a 67.

Montreal Championship

At Sainte-Julie, Quebec, 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.

European Masters

At Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff hole with Scotland's Craig Lee to win the European Masters.


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