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Miller magic foils home hopes

US WALKER CUP hopeful Mike Miller sensationally holed from off the European Club's 18th green to give the Metropolitan Golf Association of New York the Carey Cup and its first away win over a GUI selection.

With the biennial matches tied 3-3 heading into yesterday's singles, Padraig Hogan's six-man team looked odds-on to regain the trophy when they led in four of the six matches early on.

However, only Portmarnock's Geoff Lenehan and Belvoir Park's Simon Ward managed to convert those leads into wins as Headfort's Brian Casey, Knock's Nicky Grant and Castle's Alex Gleeson all came up empty-handed.

That left Co Cavan's Eddie McCormack needing a point from the last match out to clinch a tie overall. He was three up with 10 holes to play, but Miller fought back to be just one down playing the 18th.

McCormack opened the door with a closing bogey five and Miller barged through it, holing an 18-footer from just off the green for par and the half point the MGA needed to win the match by 6.5 to 5.5.

"This is awesome," said a delighted Miller. "We came to the best links course in Ireland and won.

"It's very difficult with the wind but the guys proved that they could handle it."


Irish Independent