U.S. holds 10-6 lead at Palmer Cup
NEWCASTLE, County Down – Europe claimed three matches and halved three others but the United States will hold a 10-6 lead entering the final day of the 2012 Palmer Cup at The Royal County Down Golf Club. Final round singles matches tee off June 30 at 10:00 a.m.
“You definitely would sign-up for a four-point lead going into tomorrow before the tournament,” said USA Coach Josh Gregory. “We got off to a rough start. We were down in six of the eight matches almost at the turn and it wasn’t looking good. There was a lot of blue on the scoreboard. They guys did what they did yesterday.”
Chris Williams pushed the United States lead to six points when he defeated Graeme Robertson, 3 and 2, in the opening singles match. Julien Brun claimed the next match from Europe, downing Blayne Barber, 2 and 1.
Andrew Yun ran his Palmer Cup record to 7-0 with a 4 and 2 victory over David Booth. Europe’s Daan Huizing won his first hole with birdie and led throughout in his 1-up decision over Corbin Mills. Huizing never led by more than two holes and the margin was 1-up in 11 of 18 holes.
Robert Karlsson provided Europe with its second-straight win by downing Derek Ernst.
The United States and Europe halved the last three matches. Thomas Pieters won the first hole of his match against America’s James White and led the entire front nine.
Justin Thomas opened with back-to-back birdies to open his match against Sebastian Cappelen of Denmark but would concede the next two holes to fall back to even. With a birdie on No. 18, Thomas won the hole and halved the match.
Pontus Widegren and the USA’s Patrick Rodgers waged a back-and-forth match, ending with a win on the 17th hole by Widegren.
2012 Palmer Cup - June 29
United States 10, Europe 6
Round Three Singles Matches
Chris Williams, USA def. Graeme Robertson, Europe, 3 and 2
Julien Brun, Europe def. Blayne Barber, USA, 2 and 1
Daan Huizing, Europe def. Corbin Mills, USA, 1-up
Andrew Yun, USA def. David Booth, Europe, 4 and 2
James White, USA halved Thomas Pieters, Europe
Robert Karlsson, Europe def. Derek Ernst, USA, 4 and 2
Justin Thomas, USA halved Sebastian Cappelen, Europe
Patrick Rodgers, USA halved Pontus Widegren, Europe
Round Four Singles Matches Pairings
Sebastian Cappelen, Europe vs. Chris Williams, USA
Daan Huizing, Europe vs. Justin Thomas, USA
Robert Karlsson, Europe vs. Patrick Rodgers, USA
Thomas Pieters, Europe vs. Corbin Mills, USA
David Booth, Europe vs. James White, USA
Graeme Roberts, Europe vs. Derek Ernst, USA
Julien Brun, Europe vs. Blayne Barber, USA
Pontus Widegren, Europe vs. Andrew Yun, USA