U.S. takes commanding 6.5-1.5 lead at Palmer Cup
NEWCASTLE, County Down – The United States won three of four afternoon foursomes matches to extend its lead to 6.5-1.5 at the 2012 Palmer Cup at The Royal County Down Golf Club. Third-round singles matches tee off on June 29 at 10 a.m.
Team USA took the first match of the afternoon session, 5 and 4. Corbin Mills and Chris Williams birdied the first and led the entire match, only dropping one hole. The Americans won the fourth, fifth and ninth before Europe claimed No. 11. The U.S. finished the match by winning No. 13 and halving No. 14.
The Americans also claimed the second match. After Team USA's Derek Ernst and Andrew Yun conceded the first hole after a lost ball on their second shot, the U.S. and Europe traded the next three holes to stand at all square thru 4. Daan Huizing and Thomas Pieters birdied No. 8 to go 1 up but Ernst and Yun won both No. 11 and 12 to take the lead. Europe evened the match with par at No. 13. The Americans won the 15th and the two sides halved the remaining three holes for a 1-up victory.
Europe won its only match of the day when David Booth and Robert Karlsson downed Blayne Barber and James White, 2 and 1.
The United States claimed the final match of the day after Patrick Rodgers and Justin Thomas staged a comeback to win 1 up over Julien Brun and Sebastian Cappelen.
Foursomes matches results:
United States 6.5 Europe 1.5
Derek Ernst/Andrew Yun, USA def. Daan Huizing/Thomas Pieters, Europe, 1 up
Corbin Mills/Chris Williams, USA def. Graeme Robertson/Pontus Widegren, Europe, 5 and 4
David Booth/Robert Karlsson, Europe def. Blayne Barber/James White, USA, 2 and 1
Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA def. Julien Brun/Sebastian Cappelen, Europe, 1 up
Round Three Singles Matches Pairings:
Graeme Robertson, Europe vs. Chris Williams, USA
Julien Brun, Europe vs. Blayne Barber, USA
Daan Huizing, Europe vs. Corbin Mills, USA
David Booth, Europe vs. Andrew Yun, USA
Thomas Pieters, Europe vs. James White, USA
Robert Karlsson, Europe vs. Derek Ernst, USA
Sebastian Cappelen, Europe vs. Justin Thomas, USA
Pontus Widegren, Europe vs. Patrick Rodgers, USA
– Information from Golf Coaches Association of America used in this report