SURREY, England – A betting man would be laying a lot of money on the 18th Palmer Cup ending in a tie. There has been nothing to separate Europe and the United States through the first three sessions at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.
The teams enter the final singles session tomorrow are tied at 10 points apiece after the U.S. team won the first singles session 5 ½ – 4 ½ to wipe out a one-point deficit after the four-balls on Thursday.
The visitors raced to an early lead when Trey Mullinax, Robby Shelton and Ollie Schniederjans won their matches. However, Europe fought back with Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia getting the better of California graduate Brandon Hagy. Gouveia was three down after 10 holes, but won the last three holes to win on the 18th.
Sweden’s Erik Oja eked out a half with Wyndham Clark, before Scotland’s James Ross defeated recent Northeast Amateur winner Stewart Jolly, 4 and 2.
Bryson Dechambeau recorded the biggest win of the session with a 5-and-4 victory over England’s Louis Tomlinson. Ireland’s Paul Dunne halved with Anthony Maccaglia before Grant Forest defeated Jack Maguire, 3 and 2.
The last match of the session between Scotland’s Jack McDonald and Rico Hoey served as a microcosm of the entire tournament. There was never more than one hole separating the pair all day. Apart from going one down at the eighth, McDonald seemed in control for most of the match.
The University of Stirling player looked like giving Europe the edge heading into the final singles session when he reached the 18th tee with a one-hole advantage. However, Hoey won the hole to make the score 10–10.
It is the first time the sides have been level heading into the final session since 2005 at Whistling Straits.
Friday singles results (Europe first)
Thomas Detry lost to Trey Mullinax, 3 and 1
Jon Rahm lost to Robby Shelton, 1 up
Pep Angles lost to Ollie Schniederjans, 3 and 1
Ricardo Gouveia def. Brandon Hagy, 1 up
Erik Oja halved with Wyndham Clark
James Ross def. Stewart Jolly, 4 and 2
Louis Tomlinson lost to Bryson Dechambeau, 5 and 4
Paul Dunne halved with Anthony Maccaglia
Grant Forrest def. Jack Maguire, 3 and 2
Jack McDonald halved with Rico Hoey
Final Round Singles Pairings
(All times in GMT)
9:00 a.m.: James Ross vs. Brandon Hagy
9:10 a.m.: Grant Forrest vs. Trey Mullinax
9:20 a.m.: Paul Dunne vs. Robby Shelton
9:30 a.m.: Louis Tomlinson vs. Ollie Schniederjans
9:40 a.m.: Jack McDonald vs. Bryson Dechambeau
9:50 a.m.: Thomas Detry vs. Jack Maguire
10 a.m.: Jon Rahm vs. Wyndham Clark
10:10 a.m.: Erik Oja vs. Anthony Maccaglia
10:20 a.m.: Ricardo Gouveia vs. Stewart Jolly
10:30 a.m.: Pep Angles vs. Rico Hoey