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Irish dominate Walker Cup team

Last month Paul Dunne was the joint leader of the Open Championship after three rounds
Last month Paul Dunne was the joint leader of the Open Championship after three rounds

A record five Irishmen have been named in the 10-strong Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to face the United States next month.

Paul Dunne, who was the 54-hole joint leader at last month's Open Championship at St Andrews before fading to finish in a tie for 30th, Jack Hume, Gary Hurley, Gavin Moynihan and Cormac Sharvin all hail from the Emerald Isle and make up half of captain Nigel Edwards' team for the competition at Royal Lytham and St Annes on September 12 and 13.

Ashley Chesters will be one of Dunne's team-mates, having eventually finished ahead of him at the Open, as will fellow Englishmen Sam Horsfield and Jimmy Mullen, and Scots Grant Forrest and Jack McDonald.

"We have selected a talented group of players who compete at the highest levels of amateur golf and, in some cases, have played in Major Championships and Tour events," Edwards said on www.randa.org.

"The Walker Cup offers these players a tremendous opportunity to display their abilities and gain invaluable experience of playing in international team competition."

The Open Silver Medal winner Jordan Niebrugge is one of five players that have been added to the United States team that will be hoping to regain the trophy after winning 17-9 in New York two years ago.

Niebrugge, who pipped Chesters and Dunne to finish as the leading amateur at St Andrews, Scott Harvey, Denny McCarthy, Mike McCoy and teenager Robby Shelton will all represent their country .

The quintet have been added to an American squad that already included Bryson DeChambeau, Beau Hossler, Lee McCoy, Maverick McNealy and Hunter Stewart.

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