MOSEL, Wis.— The United States and Europe remain tied - six points apiece - after the first day of action at the Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Whistling Straits The Irish. Team Europe claimed the day’s final two matches - both 3 and 1 victories - to force the tie. Alejandro Cañizares of Spain set two Palmer Cup records, setting new marks in career wins and team points won with eight of each.
The United States took an early lead when John Holmes and Spencer Levin claimed the Palmer Cup’s opening match, defeating Rhys Davies and Steve Tiley, 6 and 4. Holmes carded two eagles during the round while he and Levin birdied three holes each. It was the only match that was completed prior to the 50-minute delay.
Europe would claim the next two matches - which stood at dormie before the delay. Scott Jamieson and David Skinns downed Matt Every and Matthew Rosenfeld, 3 and 2, in a match that Skinns claimed seven birdies. Cañizares and Pablo Martin would win Europe’s second match of the round when they won five straight holes to erase a two-hole deficit and defeat Jeff Overton and Michael Putnam, 3 and 2.
Team USA would win the final match of the round to bring the opening round to a 2-2 tie. Roberto Castro birdied No. 17 to extend the match to the 18th hole and Kalle Edberg and Alex Norén conceded Ryan Blaum’s one-foot birdie putt to give the Americans the win.
After entering the round tied at two, the United States won the first two singles matches of the second round. Matt Every won his first Palmer Cup match in six tries won he carded five birdies and an eagle to defeat David Skinns, 4 and 2. Michael Putnam pushed the U.S. lead to two points when he downed Scott Jamieson, 5 and 4. The two sides halved the next match when Team USA’s Spencer Levin battled back from a three-hole deficit and birdied the final hole in his match with Rhys Davies. The Americans claimed their final win of the day when John Holmes beat Steve Tiley, 3 and 2.
Alex Norén would card Europe’s first singles victory when he downed Ryan Blaum, 5 and 4, in a match he lead from the first hole. The two sides halved for the second time of the round when Jeff Overton birdied No. 18 to pull even with Spain’s Pablo Martin. Europe won the final two matches of the day with a pair of 3 and 1 victories - Cañizares recorded his record breaking match versus Matthew Rosenfeld and Kalle Edberg’s triumph over Roberto Castro in which he claimed the final three holes.
Action will resume Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. with foursomes while final-round singles matches are slated to begin at 1:30 p.m.
2005 Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Whistling Straits The Irish
Day One Results
Whistling Straits The Irish
United States 6
Four-Ball Matches Results
John Holmes/Spencer Levin, USA def. Rhys Davies/Steve Tiley, Europe, 6 and 4
Scott Jamieson/David Skinns, Europe def. Matt Every/Matthew Rosenfeld, USA, 3 and 2
Alejandro Cañizares/Pablo Martin, Europe def. Jeff Overton/Michael Putnam, USA, 2 and 1
Ryan Blaum/Roberto Castro, USA def. Kalle Edberg/Alex Norén, Europe, 1-up
Day-One Singles Matches Results
Spencer Levin, USA halved Rhys Davies, Europe
Matt Every, USA def. David Skinns, Europe, 4 and 2
John Holmes, USA def. Steve Tiley, Europe, 3 and 2
Jeff Overton, USA halved Pablo Martin, Europe
Michael Putnam, USA def. Scott Jamieson, Europe, 5 and 4
Alex Norén, Europe def. Ryan Blaum, USA, 5 and 4
Alejandro Cañizares, Europe def. Matthew Rosenfeld, USA, 3 and 1
Kalle Edberg, Europe def. Roberto Castro, USA, 3 and 1
Foursomes Matches Pairings
Matt Every/Matthew Rosenfeld, USA vs. Kalle Edberg/Alex Norén, Europe
John Holmes/Michael Putnam, USA vs. Scott Jamieson/David Skinns, Europe
Ryan Blaum/Spencer Levin, USA vs. Rhys Davies/Steve Tiley, Europe
Roberto Castro/Jeff Overton, USA vs. Alejandro Cañizares/Pablo Martin, Europe