PGA Cup captain Cameron Clark is convinced Great Britain & Ireland will cope with the pressure of being labelled favourites as his team prepare to take on the United States in Texas.
It will be the 29th match in the series and Clark’s 10-man line-up are bidding to become the first Great Britain & Ireland team to win three in a row.
For Clark, that would complete a rare treble. The head professional at Moor Hall Golf Club, Sutton Coldfield, was an integral member of the winning team at CordeValle Golf Club, California in 2015, while as Vice-Captain two years later, he helped steer another victory on home soil at Foxhills Club & Resort in Surrey.
Now the 45-year-old is drawing on all of his PGA Cup experience to maintain Great Britain & Ireland’s recent dominance in the competition.
“The expectations from The PGA and the country are big,” said Clark, who will be supported by Vice-Captains Michael Watson and David Higgins in Texas. “There is probably a little bit of added pressure on this team because of their experience and what they’ve done in the game in the past.
“It all comes with its own pressure, but this team is very capable of handling it and we’re very confident heading to America.
“I’ve been involved with the last two matches and I’m feeling the same vibes around this team now. We had a great team spirit in 2015 and although the experience we had in 2017 was slightly different, the camaraderie during that event was also incredible. I really feel we’re taking it to another level this year.”
Clark was able to reminisce of that victory at Foxhills when he gathered his team for a weekend ‘get together’ at the Surrey venue in July.
Meet the team
David Dixon, Matt Cort and Rob Coles sealed their place in the team after finishing in the top three at the PGA Play-Offs in Turkey last November.
Six more places were up for grabs at the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship at Hunstanton in June.
Former European Tour player Alastair Forsyth blew away the field at Hunstanton, winning The PGA’s premier tournament by 11 shots. Fellow scot Paul O’Hara also qualified along with Jason Levermore, Alex Wrigley Richard Wallis and Jordan Godwin.
With just one more spot available for the flight to Austin, Texas, Scotsman Craig Lee was named as Cameron Clark’s captain’s pick.
Clark will be aided by two Vice-Captains in the shape of Michael Watson and David Higgins. Watson played alongside Clark in the famous 2015 victory, while Higgins played an integral role at Foxhills, Surrey two years ago.
Find out more about the 2019 Great Britain & Ireland team by clicking here.
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