U.S. romps to 11-point Palmer Cup victory
The U.S. Palmer Cup squad didn't take its collective foot off the gas Sunday at the Wilmington Golf Club, securing the title behind more dominating play in a 20.5-9.5 thrashing of Europe.
While the U.S. was challenged more Sunday – it won the foursomes and singles sessions by a score of 10-5 – the contest was decided early in the afternoon singles, needing only 1.5 points to take the title.
A day after a trio of Alabama standouts accounted for 5.5 points, the Crimson Tide's Justin Thomas, Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt accounted for four more points Sunday.
Thomas was undefeated over the two days, with a halve in the Sunday foursomes play his only blemish.
Stanford's Patrick Rodgers was also flawless in his four matches over the weekend, picking up 3.5 points.
Europe was led by Kevin Phelan during the two days, including an impressive halve with Wyatt in the afternoon's first singles match. Phelan accounted for two points – a win and two halves – in four matches.
A look at Sunday's scores:
Kevin Phelan, Europe, vs. Bobby Wyatt, U.S. – Halved
Cory Whitsett, U.S., def. Scott Fernandez, Europe – 3 and 2
Julien Brun, Europe, vs. Sean Dale, U.S. – Halved
Ben Taylor, Europe, def. Daniel Berger, U.S. – 2 and 1
James Erkenbeck, U.S., def. Pedro Figueiredo, Europe – 2 and 1
Pontus Widegren, Europe, def. Michael Kim, U.S. – 1 up
Greg Eason, Europe, vs. Alex Carpenter, U.S. – Halved
Michael Weaver, U.S., def. Joel Stalter, Europe – 3 and 1
Justin Thomas, U.S., def. Sebastian Cappelen, Europe – 2 and 1
Patrick Rodgers, U.S., def. Gary Hurley, Europe – 2 and 1
Whitsett/Wyatt, U.S., def. Hurley/Phelan, Europe – 5 and 3
Carpenter/Kim, U.S., def. Brun/Stalter, Europe – 1 up
Cappelen/Eason, Europe, def. Berger/Dale, U.S. – 1 up
Fernandez/Taylor, Europe, def. Erkenbeck/Weaver, U.S. – 4 and 3
Rodgers/Thomas, U.S., vs. Figueiredo/Widegren, Europe – Halved