RHOS-on-Sea’s Jon Bevan has hailed Great Britain & Ireland’s historic first PGA Cup win on US soil as ‘momentous’.
His team’s epic 13.5-12.5 victory at CordeValle in California, has galvanized the club pros’ equivalent of the Ryder Cup.
GB&I’s sixth win overall in 27 meetings in the biennial contest sparked a wave of congratulations from the world of golf including from Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter, ex-Open champion Paul Lawrie and BBC pundit Dan Walker.
In the build-up there were also good luck messages and videos from Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke, George O’Grady, David Gilford plus a rousing one from Poulter.
“I’ve only been thinking about it (the win) once every five minutes,” said Bevan after returning to North Wales.
The 48-year-old revealed he had been convinced GB&I would triumph from the moment he was appointed captain last year.
“This was a momentous achievement. We don’t have as many PGA pros as America but I’ve always believed in our quality,” he added.
“I’m quite surprised how calm I managed to stay during the whole week but really that was down totally to the belief that we were going to win the PGA Cup.”
GB&I won the two fourball sessions on Friday and Saturday but lost the opening day foursomes heavily and halved the Saturday foursomes to leave the match tied 8-8 going into a nailbiting final day singles which went down to the last hole in the last match where Niall Kearney emerged the hero against Alan Morin.
The Royal Dublin player set pulses racing after firing his approach over the par five 18th and perilously close to a hazard.
However he flopped a shot up to eight foot and when Morin missed a long putt, Kearney sank the decisive putt to seal a dramatic victory.
At one point the US had been up in seven of the matches but Bevan was confident his team would prevail.
“The US made a strong start but it was a hundred degrees, they were on average older than us, and I felt our team would get stronger,” he said.
“As I drove past one of the course scoreboards, one of the US scorers said ‘I’m running out of red’. I said back home the tide usually changes around lunchtime and sure enough when it got to 1.30pm the matches moved in our favour.
“I expected Sunday to be a dogfight, I didn’t expect Niall to challenge himself with his short game so much on the last but if anyone was going to get up and down it was him.
“I think the right result was achieved and feel as though the players got at least what they deserved.
“It was everything I expected it to be, I wasn’t bouncing off the walls on Sunday night because I expected to win.”
Pictured is Jon Bevan and Great Britain & Ireland’s victorious PGA Cup team. Photo courtesy of Scott Halleran and Getty Images.