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Walker Cup gives U.S. team a shot at redemption

Mike James, Los Angeles Times on

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Ziong and Champ are particularly long hitters on the U.S. team. On the first hole, playing well over 500 yards, Champ hit a nine-iron to the green for his second shot during a practice round this week.

"I'll be honest with you," Miller said, "I can't see Cam's ball land. I've tried every combination of sunglasses. I'm trying to see it come down just once."

Home course has been an advantage in the series; the U.S. has won every match but one in the U.S. since losing in 1989.

"You have some great golfers and the U.S. tour here," said Andy Ingram, coach of the Great Britain and Ireland team. "It's always going to be a big feat for a small country like Great Britain and Ireland to come over here and beat your guys.

"Having said that, there's no real reason why it should make a lot of difference. We like playing in the sunshine. Unfortunately, we don't play that often in the sunshine. ... So, really there's no reason why we can't come here and win. We haven't won for 16 years, and it's time we did."

Harry Ellis, the British Amateur champion, likes his team's chances, particularly since the first four matches Saturday are alternate shot, a format the British golfers play far more frequently than the Americans.

"If we can get an advantage somewhat Saturday morning," he said, "I think it can carry into our performance over the next few sessions. So I think we would say probably we do have an advantage."

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