Great Britain wins Simpson Cup

Team GB put in a dominant final-day display at Royal Lytham and St Annes to defeat their American conterparts and win the Simpson Cup for the second consecutive year

Simpson Cup

Great Britain wins Simpson Cup

Team GB put in a dominant final-day display at Royal Lytham and St Annes to defeat their American conterparts and win the Simpson Cup for the second consecutive year.

The event, initiated last year, sees injured servicemen and veterans from Great Britian and the United States compete in a Ryder Cup-esque matchplay event.

Proceedings were finely poised at 3-3 after the opening day fourballs, leaving the event wide open heading into the singles.

After a competitive start, team GB gradually exerted their dominance, with the first four matches all swinging in favour of the British side.

The rest of the GB team seized on that momentum, winning a further four matches en route to a 8.5 - 1.5 singles victory and a 13.5 - 4.5 overall triumph.

One again, Paul Swain - the man who holed the winning putt 12 months ago - secured victory with his 5&3 defeat of Joshua Peyton.

"I had a long putt on the 15th, lagged it up to four feet and managed to keep my cool and hole it. It's a great feeling. I got the winning point, but that's irrelevant. It was a real team effort," said Swain.

Ian Bishop, GB's captain, added: "The lads have done fantastically well. The score maybe doesn't reflect how close it was but it shows how well our boys played.

"We're all friends, and now we're going to take the American boys out for a well-deserved beer."

The third staging of the Simpson Cup will take place at Congressional Country Club in Washington next October.

The event helps raise funds for the On Course Foundation, an initiative that helps injured servicemen and veterans through golf, tuition and employment within the golf industry.

Nick Bonfield
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