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Wrigley confident of making more PGA Cup history


Alexander Wrigley is confident he can return to America to claim another historic PGA Cup victory with what he has described as one of the strongest Great Britain & Ireland teams in recent years.

Aided by his father on the bag and despite being the team’s youngest player, the 29-year-old played a key role as Great Britain & Ireland recorded their first ever win on American soil at CordeValle, California four years ago.

Great Britain & Ireland travel to Austin, Texas in search of a record third consecutive victory against the United States in the 29th PGA Cup matches at Barton Creek from September 27-29.

Having qualified for the team after finishing tied-fourth in the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship in June, Wrigley is impressed with the make-up of the 10-strong Great Britain side and wants a repeat of his success in 2015.

“Looking at the team and the way we have all bonded, it’s so achievable for us to go to America and win for a third consecutive time,” said Wrigley, a teaching professional at Hartlepool Golf Club.

“We had a strong team four years ago but we were heavy underdogs. There’s a lot of experience in this team and a lot of European Tour appearances between five or six of the guys.

“I think we might have a stronger team than the Americans going out there which is a great position to be in. Hopefully we can convert that strength and put in a good performance. We know it’s a big ask to win three in a row, but I couldn’t think of a better team to take over to try and get the job done.”

It looks set to be another family affair in Texas for Wrigley who will once again be supported by a large number of his relatives making the long trip to Texas.

“I’ve got a good following coming out,” Wrigley continued. “My mum and dad are coming across and so too is my grandad who got me into the game. My brother will be coming as my guest. He was there four years ago and really enjoyed all the team spirit we had then and I’m sure he’ll be involved again this time.

“It will have a different feel to four years ago where we were based at a private resort, whereas this time there might be quite a few more people watching as well; maybe some of the hotel guests might be coming out to support the team.”

Wrigley was introduced to the rest of Captain Cameron Clark’s 10-man Great Britain & Ireland team at Foxhills Club & Resort, Surrey, in July for a team bonding weekend.

“I feel as a team we’ve all got on really well,” he added. “I already know five or six players and I’ve met a few of them for the first time. I feel like there’s been a good camaraderie between everyone and we all can’t wait to go to America.

“I played with Dave Dixon, Robert Coles and Alastair Forsyth – three great players with so much experience between them. They were sharing stories from the European Tour and I was taking a back seat, just listening and taking it all in. It was really fun.”