Palmer Cup: A landslide victory for team USA

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (June 8, 2007) — The United States claimed six of the eight final session singles matches to post an 18-6 victory at the Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Caves Valley Golf Club.

The win moves the all-time series to 6-4-1 in favor of the Americans.

“After the success we had yesterday afternoon, it would have been very easy to come out complacent today,” said Team USA Head Coach Mike McGraw. “This morning’s matches were key. If we had been swept this morning, it would have been back to a tight ball game but we got down to business and put ourselves in a great position where we only needed a halve to win back the Palmer Cup.”

Luke list clinched the victory for the Americans with a 6 and 5 victory over Gordon Yates. List never trailed in the match and lost only one hole.

The Americans would also claim the next three matches. Billy Horschel won the first two holes in his 4 and 3 win against Oscar Floren and would push lead to 3-up thru five. Floren would even the match after No. 10. Horschel would win four of the next five to close out the match. Brian Harman beat Gareth Shaw 1-up. Harman held 1-up leads after Nos. 2 and 4, but Shaw would take a 1-up lead at the turn. The two went back to all square thru 10 but Harman would take the lead at No. 12 and extend it to two holes thru 15. Shaw would claim the next two holes to even the match before bogeying the 18th to drop the match. Jamie Lovemark lead all but one hole against Mark Haastrup in his 2 and 1 win. Lovemark went 3-up thru 8 but Haastrup would cut the lead to one hole after Nos. 11 and 14. Lovemark birdied the 17th for the victory.

Rhys Davies produced Europe’s first win after downing Chris Kirk, 4 and 2. Davies took the lead with birdie at No. 2 and extended his advantage to two holes thru six. Kirk would claim the next two to even the match but Davies would win the next four. Kirk would cut the lead to 3-up by winning No. 4 before Davies closed out the match with a birdie two holes later.

Jonathan Moore downed Pedro Oriol, 2 and 1. Oriol held his only lead after the second hole but Moore took the lead after No. 6 and moved to 3-up after winning Nos. 11 and 13. Oriol would rebound to take the 14th but could get no closer.

The final two matches both went 18 holes. Jonas Blixt’s 1-up come-from-behind victory against Webb Simpson was Europe’s second of the round. Simpson birdied the first to take the lead but Blixt birdied the next hole to move the match to all square. Simpson won both the 10th and 11th to go 2-up but Blixt evened the match with claiming Nos. 12 and 14. Blixt birdied the 18th for the victory. Dustin Johnson claimed the final match of the competition - 2-up - against Jorge Campillo. Johnson posted a double-bogey on the first hole to fall behind but won the next two to claim the lead. Campillo would respond by winning Nos. 6 and 7 to move back ahead. Johnson would manage to even the match after Campillo bogeyed No. 11 but Johnson returned the favor at No. 13 for Campillo to pull back ahead. Johnson would win three of the last four holes - including a concession by Campillo on the 18th green for the victory.

2007 Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Caves Valley Golf Golf Club
Day Two Singles Results Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills, Md.
United States 18 Europe 6

Day-Two Singles Matches Results
Billy Horschel, USA def. Oscar Floren, Europe, 4 and 3
Luke List, USA def. Gordon Yates, Europe, 6 and 5
Brian Harman, USA def. Gareth Shaw, Europe, 1-up
Jonas Blixt, Europe def. Webb Simpson, USA, 1-up
Jamie Lovemark, USA def. Mark Haastrup, Europe, 2 and 1
Jonathan Moore, USA def. Pedro Oriol, Europe, 2 and 1
Dustin Johnson, USA def. Jorge Campillo, Europe, 2-up
Rhys Davies, Europe def. Chris Kirk, USA, 4 and 2

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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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