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Palmer Cup: USA leads Europe, 3-1

GREENWICH, Conn. – The United States leads Europe, 3-1, following the opening round four-ball matches at the 2011 Palmer Cup at The Stanwich Club.

Second-Round foursomes matches have been suspended. Play will resume at 7:30 am Friday with third-round singles matches to commence 30 minutes after conclusion of the second round.

Europe was first on the board when Oscar Floren and Jeff Karlsson downed Patrick Cantlay and Alex Carpenter, 4 and 2. Jeff Karlsson gave Europe the lead after a birdie on the sixth hole. Cantlay and Carpenter would birdie the seventh and eighth holes, respectively, to take a 1-up lead. Floren would respond with back-to-back birdies to regain the lead for Europe. Both Europeans parred to win No. 12 and Jeff Karlsson birdied No. 13 to extend Europe’s lead to 3-up after 13. Jeff Karlsson closed out the match with a birdie on No. 16.

The Americans would win the next three matches. Daniel Miernicki and Chris Williams beat Robert Karlsson and Nick MacAndrew, 4 and 3, to even the team score. Williams birdied the second hole to take the lead but a par on No. 3 and a Robert Karlsson birdie on No. 4 put Europe in the lead. The Americans would respond with birdies by Miernicki and Williams on the fifth and sixth holes, respectively, to pull back ahead. Back-to-back birdies by Miernicki on the eighth and ninth extended the U.S. lead to 3-up. Miernicki would card another birdie on No. 13 to push the lead to 4-up before closing out the match on No. 15.

Bank Vongvanij and Andrew Yun never trailed in their 2 and 1 victory against Sebastian Cappelen and Ignacio Elvira. Vongvanij birdied No. 6 to take a 1-up lead. Elvira would even the match with birdie at the seventh but Yun would put the Americans back in the lead with a birdie on the next hole. Elvira would again even match when he birdied No. 10. Yun and Cappelen alternated birdies on holes 12-14 to keep a 1-up advantage for the United States. Yun posted another birdie on No. 16 for a 2-up lead. The Americans closed the match out when both teams counted birdie.

The Swedish duo of Henrik Norlander and Pontus Widegren took an early lead against Blayne Barber and Russell Henley when Widegren birdied the third hole. The Americans counted birdie to even the match after five but Norlander birdied six to retake the lead for Europe. Henley and Barber birdied Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, for their first lead. The United States birdied Nos. 15 and 16 to close their match 3 and 2.

Palmer CupThe Stanwich ClubJune 9United States 3, Europe 1

Four-Ball Matches ResultsBank Vongvanij/Andrew Yun, USA def. Sebastian Cappelen/Ignacio Elvira, Europe, 2 and 1Nils Floren/Jeff Karlsson, Europe def. Patrick Cantlay/Alex Carpenter, USA, 4 and 2Daniel Miernicki/Chris Williams, USA def. Robert Karlsson/Nick MacAndrew, Europe, 4 and 3Blayne Barber/Russell Henley, USA def. Henrik Norlander, Pontus Widegren, Europe, 3 and 2

Foursomes Matches PairingsBank Vongvanij/Andrew Yun, USA vs. Nils Floren/Nick MacAndrew, EuropeBlayne Barber/Alex Carpenter, USA vs. Sebastian Cappelen/Ignacio Elvira, EuropeDaniel Miernicki/Chris Williams, USA vs. Jeff Karlsson/Robert Karlsson, EuropePatrick Cantlay/Russell Henley, USA vs. Henrik Norlander/Pontus Widegren, Europe

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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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