PRESTWICK, Scotland (June 30, 2006) — Europe posted a record-breaking 19.5-4.5 victory at the Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick, Scotland. The former record was a 19-5 U.S. win against GB&I in the inaugural Palmer Cup in 1997 at Bay Hill.
Spain’s Pablo Martin had to come from behind twice in his match against Roberto Castro. Castro birdied the first hole before Martin evened the match with a birdie on No. 3. Castro retook the lead on the next hole with a conceded birdie but Martin won both the sixth and seventh. Martin would extend the lead to 4-up by claiming Nos. 11-13. A Castro birdie at the 15th reduced the lead to three but he could not cut the lead any further as both players parred the 16th.
Mark Haastrup of Denmark defeated Brian Harman, 5 and 3. Harman conceded the third hole but Haastrup returned the favor on the fourth. Harman took the lead with par on No. 6, but Haastrup evened the match at the ninth. Haastrup won the 12th through 15th holes - including three birdies - to close the match.
Ryan Blaum won the first point of the day for the Americans when he downed Oscar Floren, 4 and 2. Blaum won the first hole, but conceded No. 4. He reclaimed the lead by winning the seventh and extended the lead with birdie at No. 9. Floren would cut the lead to 1-up on the next hole. Floren conceded No. 12 and Blaum claimed the 15th and 16th for the win.
Alejandro Cañizares won his eighth-straight singles match in Palmer Cup competition and concluded his career with a 13-3 record in the event by beating Ryan Baca of the United States, 1-up. Baca won the second hole for an early lead but lost the advantage with bogey on the next hole. He would take the lead again on No. 8 before conceding the next hole. Cañizares birdied No. 12 to go ahead but lost the 13th. The Spaniard would regain the lead after Baca conceded the 15th but the American moved the match to all square with birdie at No. 16. Cañizares won the match when he birdied No. 18 after a Baca birdie putt just missed.
Joost Luiten of the Netherlands came from behind to defeat Kevin Larsen on No. 18 - 1-up - in a match that Larsen led for 14 holes. The American led by three holes after seven and was up two with five to play but Luiten birdied Nos. 14, 16 and 17 to even the match. Luiten knocked his tee shot on 18 within inches of the hole while Larsen’s ensuing tee shot went out of bounds and he conceded the hole.
Rhys Davies claimed Europe’s final victory of the competition when he downed Luke List, 3 and 2. Davies birdied the first hole before bogeying No. 5 to even the match. He would claim Nos. 11-13 while the two halved the remaining three holes.
Steve Lewton and Clay Ogden competed in the only halved match of the competition. Lewton led for much of the contest and never trailed. The Englishman was 2-up with three to play, but Ogden won No. 16 with bogey and claimed the 17th with birdie and eagled the 18th.
Team USA’s Chris Kirk won the final match of the competition, 1-up. Richard Ramsey of Scotland led until the 16th and was up by as much as 3-up after birdie on No. 13. Kirk battled back with three-straight birdies on Nos. 14-16 and won with par on 17 for his first lead. Kirk scrambled for par before Ramsey missed a birdie putt that would have halved the match.
2006 Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Prestwick Golf Club
Day Two Results
Prestwick Golf Club
Europe 19 1/2
United States 4 1/2
Foursomes Matches Results
Alejandro Cañizares/Pablo Martin, Europe def. Ryan Blaum/Roberto Castro, USA, 6 and 5
Oscar Floren/Mark Haastrup, Europe def. Ryan Baca/Clay Ogden, USA, 1-up
Joost Luiten/Richard Ramsay, Europe def. Brian Harman/Luke List, USA, 3 and 2
Rhys Davies/Stephen Lewton, Europe def. Chris Kirk/Kevin Larsen, USA, 4 and 3
Singles Matches Results
Pablo Martin, Europe def. Roberto Castro, USA, 3 and 2
Ryan Blaum, USA def. Oscar Floren, Europe, 4 and 2
Mark Haastrup, Europe def. Brian Harman, USA, 5 and 3
Alejandro Cañizares, Europe def. Ryan Baca, USA, 1-up
Joost Luiten, Europe def. Kevin Larsen, USA, 2-up
Stephen Lewton, Europe halved Clay Ogden, USA
Rhys Davies, Europe def. Luke List, USA, 3 and 2
Chris Kirk, USA def. Richard Ramsay, Europe, 1-up