Europe defeats USA, claims 2012 Palmer Cup
Saturday, June 30, 2012
NEWCASTLE, County Down – Europe claimed seven of eight matches and halved the other to claim the 2012 Palmer Cup at The Royal County Down Golf Club. Team Europe overcame a four-point deficit to win 13.5-10.5. The all-time Palmer Cup results now stands 8-7-1 in favor of the United States.
“After the first day we were very disappointed, of course, and we had a long meeting,” said Europe Coach Rickard Lindberg. “I told them that we could still win this because there were a lot of points out there. I just wanted them to all believe that they could do it and they would have to go deep down within themselves to find something. Yesterday was good. We were pretty much in the same place we were today. We didn’t have the lucky bounces like we did today but today was unreal. I couldn’t be prouder of the guys or their performance. They really took on the situation and they really gave it a shot and came through on top. It was just unreal."
Daan Huizing started the charge for Europe by downing Justin Thomas 4 and 3. Huizing won the first two holes with birdie and led by at least 2-up the entire match. He ran his advantage 4-up after seven. Huizing recorded six birdies and an eagle through 15 holes.
Pontus Widegren finished things up for Team Europe by downing Andrew Yun 3 and 1. Widegren won the third hole by concession to go 1-up. He moved to 2-up after winning No. 9 but won cut the lead in half by taking the 11th. Back-to-back wins by Widegren moved him to 3-up through 14. Yun won No. 15 to cut the lead back to 2-up but conceded No. 17 to close the match for Widegren.
Round Four singles matches tesults
Sebastian Cappelen, Europe def. Chris Williams, USA, 3 and 2
Daan Huizing, Europe def. Justin Thomas, USA, 4 and 3
Robert Karlsson, Europe def. Patrick Rodgers, USA, 2 and 1
Thomas Pieters, Europe halved Corbin Mills, USA
David Booth, Europe def. James White, USA, 2-up
Graeme Robertson, Europe def. Derek Ernst, USA, 2 and 1
Julien Brun, Europe def. Blayne Barber, USA, 6 and 5
Pontus Widegren, Europe def. Andrew Yun, USA, 3 and 1