SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - NCAA champion Max Homa beat Max Orrin 5 and 3 and the United States won the first six singles matches Saturday in the Walker Cup to take an 8-4 lead over Britain and Ireland at historic National Golf Links of America.
Homa, coming off his senior season at California, won the par-4 14th with a par and finished off the Englishman with a birdie win on the par-4 15th.
The biennial amateur event, first played in 1922 at National Golf Links, will close Sunday with four morning foursomes matches and 10 afternoon singles matches.
Alabama teammates Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett, California players Michael Kim and Michael Weaver and Oklahoma State’s Jordan Niebrugge teamed with Homa to sweep the first six singles matches, and Alabama’s Justin Thomas earned a halve in the seventh.
Wyatt beat England’s Neil Raymond 2 up, Kim edged England’s Callum Shinkwin 2 and 1, Whitsett topped England’s Jordan Smith 1 up, Niebrugge beat England’s Garrick Porteous 1 up, and Weaver topped U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, also from England, 3 and 1. Thomas halved with England’s Nathan Kimsey, and Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan beat Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers 2 and 1 in the final match.
Britain and Ireland led 2 1/2-1 1/2 after the four morning foursomes matches.
The U.S. leads the series 34-8-1.
Peterson had five back-nine birdies to shoot 5-under 67 to match Svoboda at 10-under 206 at River Run. Svoboda birdied the final two holes for a 69. The former St. John’s player won the Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship last month.
The bulk of the field is made up of players in the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. The top 25 on the Web.com money list are assured PGA Tour cards, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards through earnings in the four-event series.
Two-time PGA Tour winner Troy Matteson, Peter Malnati and Greg Owen were a stroke back. Matteson shot 67, Malnati 69, and Owen 71.
SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec (AP) _ Bernhard Langer shot a 5-under 67 to open a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship.