Cauley Helps U.S. Get Walker Win

ARDMORE, Pa. – Bud Cauley and Rickie Fowler were the third of four groups of foursomes to tee off Saturday morning at the 42nd Walker Cup at the Merion Golf Club, but they were the first off the course after a commanding 6 & 5 win over Great Britain and Ireland's pairing of Luke Goddard and Dale Whitnell.

The U.S. pairing combined for five birdies over 13 holes with just one bogey on the par-3 ninth, which gave the GB&I team its lone hole win.

Bud Cauley, a sophomore at Alabama, sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the second hole to give the U.S. pairing a 1-up lead and they never looked back. Along with Fowler, the world's No. 1 amateur, the Americans won four straight holes to take a 4-up lead after No. 5.

The next two holes were halved before the USA went 5-up with a birdie on the eighth hole. After dropping the ninth hole, the Cauley and Fowler pairing came right back with a birdie to win the 10th hole.

The two teams halved holes No. 11 and No. 12 with Cauley hitting a miraculous shot out of the deep rough on a steep side hill lie to save the U.S. team on the 12th.

Cauley then followed with an iron shot to 3-feet on the 120-yard, par-3 13th hole that all but won the match for the Americans. Fowler tapped in the short birdie to give the United States its first point of the 2009 Walker Cup.

After the morning foursomes, the United States leads Great Britain and Ireland 3 to 1. Along with Cauley and Fowler's point, the USA also got a 2 & 1 win from Brian Harman and Morgan Hoffman and a thrilling come-from-behind win from Peter Uihlein and Nathan Smith.

Uihlein and Smith came to the 17th hole 1-down to GB&I's Gavin Dear and Matt Haines. But the Americans won the 17th with a birdie and then Uihlein sank an 18-foot putt on No. 18 for par to win the hole and the match.

Great Britain and Ireland's only point in the morning foursomes came from a 3 & 1 win from Stiggy Hodgson and Niall Kearney over the U.S. pairing of Cameron Tringale and Adam Mitchell.

Saturday's singles matches will begin teeing off at Noon (CDT) with Cauley slated for a 1 p.m. match against GB&I's Kearney.

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