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Edwards: I Won't Rule Out Return

Nigel Edwards has refused to rule out the possibility of continuing as captain of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team for the 2017 match at Los Angeles Country Club.

Edwards, who led the side to a record victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes, has been at the helm of the GB&I Walker Cup team for the last three matches: the 2011 win at Walker Cup, the 2013 defeat at the National Golf Links of America and now the most recent win.

DIPLOMATIC

Pressed for an answer on whether or not he’d like the take the helm
for a record fourth time, the Welshman was characteristically diplomatic.

“It’s not a decision for me,” he said. “It’s a decision for the powers that be at the R&A.”

Edwards also revealed he had been confident of his side’s chances going into the week, despite the World Amateur Golf Rankings appearing to make the Americans the overwhelming favourites.

John ‘Spider’ Miller’s side boasted eight of the top 20 names on the rankings but Edwards insisted that fact exposed more a flaw in the calculations rather than any major differences in quality and ability between the two sides.

ACCURATE

“I don’t think the rankings are completely accurate,” he said. “It’s never going to be perfect, and I think the top-30 is as it should be, but I don’t think events over here get as much credit as some in the USA and that makes it harder for our guys to get points. I’m just delighted for the whole team and how they played this week.”

Edwards’ side were in command throughout at Royal Lytham and St Annes. After winning the opening foursomes session 3-1, they extended their lead to 7-5 at the end of the first day. Another commanding foursomes performance on day two gave them a 10-6 cushion, which they improved to 16½-9½ overall.

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