Edwards hails team focus
Great Britain and Ireland's Walker Cup captain Nigel Edwards has praised his players for their focus on preparation.
Edwards, a veteran of four consecutive Walker Cup matches from 2001 through 2007, had to return home earlier in the week after his father fell ill.
However, having been assured by doctors his dad was on the mend, Edwards flew back to New York to find his players fully concentrated on their task of retaining the historic trophy.
"I knew they'd be fine, they're good lads, and they'd be very professional about preparing," Edwards said.
"I had a chat with a couple of the senior players. They'll get on with it.
"The golf course is here and they know that they've got to focus on the short game because at the end of the day this week will be won with a putter."
The amateur event returns to the National Golf Links of America, where the first Walker Cup was held in 1922, with GB and Ireland looking to end a two-match losing streak on US soil.
They will be led on the course by Sheffield's Matthew Fitzpatrick, who became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur Championship - propelling him to number one in the world amateur golf rankings - and also win the Silver Medal at July's Open Championship at Muirfield.
Returning US captain Jim Holtgrieve has tried not to put too much pressure on his team.
"Everybody wants to win but that's not the ultimate goal," he told the press on the eve of the tournament.
"The ultimate goal is to do what we did in Scotland, which is to enjoy the experience of playing for our country and being a member of the Walker Cup team.
"We did not win the match, but let me tell you, afterwards I heard so many positive remarks about our American team and the way we handled ourselves.
"That was good for golf. How can you do any better than that?"