USA takes big lead over Europe at Palmer Cup
Oliver Schniederjans<br>def Jon Rahm today
Oliver Schniederjans
def Jon Rahm today

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (June 13, 2015) -- The United States claimed 7.5 of 10 points during today’s singles session to extend its lead to 13.5-6.5 at the Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms. Team USA would need 15.5 points to reclaim the Palmer Cup while Europe would retain the Cup with 15 points or better.

Detry claimed the first point for Europe with a dominating 5 and 4 victory against Lee McCoy. He won the first two holes and extended his lead to 3-up after a birdie at No. 4. Twice McCoy cut the lead to 2-up. Detry closed the match with birdies on three of his final four holes.

Ollie Schniederjans was victorious the second match for Team USA, downing Jon Rahm, 2 and 1. Schniederjans took the lead at No. 3 and pushed his advantage to 2-up with birdie at No. 8. Rahm responded with a birdie win of his own the following whole but Schniederjans pushed his lead back to 2-up thru 12.

Hunter Stewart won the first four holes in his match against Mathias Eggenbeger and raced to a 6 and 5 decision. The American extended his lead to 6-up thru seven and the two players halved their remaining holes.

The United States earned back-to-back 6 and 5 victories when Jack Maguire downed Gary Hurley. Maguire won the first two holes when he went birdie-eagle. Another birdie pushed him to 3-up thru four. Hurley cut the lead to 1-up with a birdie on No. 5 and an eagle on No. 7. Maguire won five straight holes beginning on No. 8 to put the match away.

Robby Shelton ran Team USA’s winning streak to four in a row when he beat Rowin Caron, 3 and 2. Shelton won the first two holes and ran his lead to 3-up thru seven. Caron cut the lead to 2-up at No. 8 but Shelton responded with back-to-back birdies to move to 4-up thru 11. Caron would twice cut the lead to 3-up before a pair of pars closed the match.

Max Rottluff put Europe back on the board, downing Carr Vernon, 1-up. Rottluff never trailed and led for 12 of the 18 holes in the match. He extended his lead to 2-up after both Nos. 10 and 12 but Vernon squared the match with birdie at No. 17. Rottluff responded with birdie on No. 18 for the win.

Kyle Jones and Adrian Meronk halved their match. A Meronk birde at No. 2 gave Europe an early lead but Jones responded with two straight wins to move to 1-up. The match was square from holes six thru 10 before Meronk moved to 1-up. He extended the lead to 2-up thru 15. Jones whittled the lead to 1-up on the next hole and drained a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to halve the match.

Team USA won the final three matches of the day. Anders Albertson defeated Clement Sordet, 2 and 1. Albertson birdied the first hole to move 1-up. Sordet would even the match with birdie at No. 5 and go 1-up the next hole. Albertson squared the match thru No. 7. Sordet again took a 1-up lead with birdie at No. 11 but Albertson claimed the next two holes to reclaim the advantage. Albertson closed out the match with birdie on No. 17.

Beau Hossler only led after the first and 18th holes in his 1-up victory against Mathias Schwab. Schwab evened the match with a birdie on No. 2 and took a brief 1-up lead at No. 6. Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 11-12 gave Schwab a 2-up lead before Hossler moved the match back to all-square two holes later. A Schwab birdie at No. 15 put him back in the lead. Hossler birdied the final two holes to win the match.

Maverick McNealy won the day’s final match, 2 and 1, over Pep Angles. Angles took his only lead of the match on the first hole but McNealy responded by winning with birdie the next hole. The American won Nos. 4 and 5 to move to 2-up and pressed his advantage to 3-up with birdie at No. 8. Angles twice cut the lead to 1-up before McNealy pushed his advantage back to 2-up.

Final round singles matches tee off at 8:00 am Sunday.

Courtesy Golf Coaches Association of America

ABOUT THE Palmer Cup

The annual Ryder Cup-style competition features top collegiate players from the United States against their counterparts from Europe. Each team will now be comprised of 10 players. The event will continue to feature 24 matches with every player required to compete twice. Players must participate in either the four-ball or foursomes matches and in one of the two rounds of singles matches.

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