Dunoon golf pro Russell Weir left a Northumberland hospital to inspire his Great Britain and Ireland golf team of top club professionals to a miraculous recovery of its own - but not quite enough to win back the PGA Cup from the USA.
Former Cowal Golf Club professional Weir, 62 - pictured above left with US captain Allen Wronowski (pic courtesy of PGA/Matthew Lewis/Getty Images), described his team's efforts as 'phenomenal' as they battled to a dramatic draw, but not before Weir himself was forced to visit hospital for a check-up.
As the matches raged in yesterday's second round at the De Vere Slaley Hall course, he began to feel unwell and was taken to the local hospital in Hexham for a precautionary check-up.
Vice-captain Jon Bevan assumed captaincy duties before Weir was released from hospital later in the afternoon.
Russell Weir, who jointly holds the record for PGA Cup appearances, won 15 times during his eight cup contests. All this experience was to be called upon as his team slumped to a whitewash in Friday's fourballs.
Weir called for more aggression and Great Britain and Ireland rallied to record a better result on Saturday morning's foursomes, carrying this into the afternoon's fourballs as Scots pairing of Scott Henderson and Greig Hutcheon led the way.
Nonetheless, as dawn broke this morning (Sunday September 22), and within touching distance of retaining the trophy, the USA needed just 2.5 points from the day's singles to come.
Russell Weir's GB&I team sat on 5.5 points to the American's 10.5. A miracle was going to be needed if Russell's boys were to win the trophy won by the US two years ago at CordeValle, California.
In the event the GB&I team won Sunday's singles by 7.5 to 2.5 - making the final score 13-13. The draw means that the holders retain the Llandudno Trophy.
Amid cries of 'one for Russell' the team put in a performance later described by their team captain as "the best I've ever seen".
Speaking on Sunday evening Russell Weir said: “That was exceptional golf by the boys."
He joked: "I was feeling under the weather yesterday – I found out I had an allergy to red numbers [US points on the scoreboard].
"Seeing all that blue on the board made me feel an awful lot better"
"The boys were really up for it today. They were just outstanding - there are no other words to describe it."
US captain Allen Wronowski said: "Ultimately it’s about friendships and relationships, though the goal was to take the cup back home and players managed to do that."
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