Published: Sep 10, 2011 2:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 11, 2011 6:30 AM EDT

ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) - Britain & Ireland won four straight singles matches to hold off a comeback by the United States and take a 7-5 lead going into the final day of the Walker Cup.

The hosts had taken a 3-1 lead after the morning foursomes in the contest between leading amateurs, but the Americans went ahead 4-3 when Peter Uihlein, Jordan Spieth and Harris English won the first three singles in the afternoon.

After heavy rain, 17-year-old Rhys Pugh of Wales started the rally for the home team, with Steven Brown, James Byrne and Paul Cutler also adding wins.

Top-ranked Patrick Cantlay earned the last point for the Americans, beating Michael Stewart.

Sunday's final day includes four foursomes and 10 singles.