American club pros win PGA Cup

September 21, 2009

LUSS, Scotland (AP) — Scott Hebert won all five of his matches, and the U.S. club pros dominated Great Britain & Ireland in singles for a 17 1/2-8 1/2 victory in the PGA Cup on Sunday.

“In the end we had 10 strong players, 10 deep,” captain Brian Whitcomb said. “I’ve been around this game since I was five or six years old and to watch club professionals perform at the level they did, it means the world to me.”

The Americans won 8 1/2 points from the 10 singles matches, beating by one point their largest margin of victory on foreign soil set in 1983 at Muirfield. The United States has twice won by 12 points playing at home.

Hebert, a former club pro champion from Traverse City, Mich., had a 2-up victory over Jon Bevan to become the only player on The Carrick course at Loch Lomond to win all five of his matches.

“I had … sloppy tee shots but was able to get the game back to square,” Hebert said. “He is a great player, was the guy I wanted to play. As the luck of the draw, I was able to face him. “

Sonny Skinner won the first of 10 singles matches over Barry Taylor to go 4-0 for the week, while Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah, also had a 1-up victory for a 4-0 record.

“I like my team and it’s a team atmosphere most of us have never had since college,” said Skinner, of River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga., “It really does something for you to play for a team and not for yourself.”

The PGA Cup, which dates to 1973 and is patterned after the Ryder Cup, features club professionals. The Americans have a 16-5-3 lead in the series and have won 11 of the last 12 competitions.