Suzy Whaley makes history as the first female captain of the US men's PGA Cup, Americans win in England

Suzy Whaley makes history as the first female captain of the US men’s PGA Cup, Americans win in England

Suzy Whaley made history on Sunday.

Whaley, honorary president of the PGA of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, captained the United States to victory in the 30th PGA Cup at Foxhills Resort and Club in Surrey, England, against Great Britain and Ireland. It is the first win for the Americans abroad since 2009 and his second win at the Llandudno International Trophy. In the overall series, dating to 1973, it is the 19th win for the US.

Yet for Whaley, she is the first woman to not only captain the PGA Cup men’s team, but to win it. She also captained the victorious US Women’s PGA Cup team in its inaugural event in 2019.

“I’ve been able to do a lot of amazing things in my career, and this ranks at the top,” Whaley said.

30th PGA Cup

30th PGA Cup

PGA of America Honorary President and Captain Suzy Whaley during the 30th PGA Cup Singles matches at Foxhills Golf Club on September 18, 2022 in Ottershaw, England. (Photo by Matthew Harris/PGA of America)

The PGA Cup originated in 1973 at Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina as an outgrowth of the PGA Professional Championship. Structured after the Ryder Cup format, with matchup competition between the US and Europe, the PGA Cup features the best PGA club professionals from both sides of the Atlantic.

The US led 9.5-6.5 in incoming singles on Sunday, with American Michael Block starting the day with an incredible comeback. Block, the leading PGA pro at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, in Mission Viejo, California, birdied five of his final six holes, including two long birdie putts at Nos. 15 and 17, to win the match 1 up.

“He really set the tone for everyone else,” said Whaley, who followed Block for the back nine. “He fought very hard and won us that first point. That first point is so crucial for the rest of the team. I’ve never seen anyone fight so hard for a point.”

Lifetime PGA member and Austin native Omar Uresti, a two-time PGA Pro Champion, scored the deciding point for the United States, 4 and 3 over Simon Lilly of Great Britain and Ireland, to help secure a victory away from house for 15.5-10.5.

“It started to get a little dicey,” Whaley admitted. “But in the end, we got it.”

The United States has a 19-7-4 lead in a series. The United States won in 2019 at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, in a miraculous final-day rally.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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