Omar Uresti, Sean Dougherty lead U.S. in PGA Cup

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Omar Uresti (Scott Halleran/ Getty Images)

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Former PGA Tour player Omar Uresti and Sean Dougherty won two matches Friday to help the United States take a 4 1/2-3 1/2 lead over Great Britain and Ireland in the PGA Cup.

Uresti and Dougherty beat Englishmen Lee Clarke and Paul Hendriksen 1 up for the Americans’ lone point in the morning fourball matches at CordeValle in the competition for club professionals. The U.S. duo topped Ireland’s Niall Kearney and England’s Alex Wright 3 and 1 in the afternoon foursomes.

“Pars weren’t very good out there today. You had to make birdies,” said Dougherty, the PGA head professional at Oakwood Country Club in Kansas City, Missouri. “Omar and I have similar personalities. Our games fit well together. We both like to attack the golf course, but we are still gritty. Seeing our teammates post (U.S.) flags on the scoreboard this afternoon really helped our momentum.”

In the other foursomes matches, Bon Sowards and Jamie Broce routed Englishmen Cameron Clark and Lee Clarke 8 and 7, Michael Block and Stuart Deane beat Scotland’s Graham Fox and England’s David Dixon 4 and 3, and Matt Dobyns and Ben Polland halved with England’s Jason Livermore and Scotland’s Gareth Wright.

In fourball play, Clark and England’s Michael Watson beat Polland and Dobyns 3 and 2, Fox and Dixon topped Sowards and Broce 2 and 1, and Levermore and Wright edged Alan Morin and Grant Sturgeon 3 and 2.

The U.S. leads the series 17-5-4.