Palmer Cup: U.S. rolls to 11-point victory
11 Jun 2013
by Golfweek

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WILMINGTON, Del. (June 9, 2013) -- The U.S. Palmer Cup squad didn't take its collective foot off the gas on Sunday at the Wilmington Golf Club, securing the title behind more dominating play in a 20.5-9.5 thrashing of Europe.

While the U.S. was challenged more on Sunday -- they won the foursomes and singles sessions by a score of 10-5 -- it was decided early in the afternoon singles, needing only 1.5 points to take the title.

A day after a trio of Alabama standouts accounted for 5.5 points, the Tide's Justin Thomas, Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt accounted for four more points on Sunday.

Thomas was undefeated over the two days, with a halve in the Sunday foursomes play his only blemish.

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers was also flawless in his four matches over the weekend, picking up 3.5 points.

Europe was led by Kevin Phelan over the two days, including an impressive halve with Wyatt in the afternoon's first singles match. Phelan accounted for two points -- a win and two halves -- in four matches.

A look at Sunday's scores:


Kevin Phelan, Europe, vs. Bobby Wyatt, U.S., Halved
Cory Whitsett, U.S., def. Scott Fernandez, Europe, 3 and 2
Julien Brun, Europe, vs. Sean Dale, U.S., Halved
Ben Taylor, Europe, def. Daniel Berger, U.S., 2 and 1
James Erkenbeck, U.S., def. Pedro Figueiredo, Europe, 2 and 1
Pontus Widegren, Europe, def. Michael Kim, U.S., 1 up
Greg Eason, Europe, vs. Alex Carpenter, U.S., Halved
Michael Weaver, U.S., def. Joel Stalter, Europe, 3 and 1
Justin Thomas, U.S., def. Sebastian Cappelen, Europe, 2 and 1
Patrick Rodgers, U.S., def. Gary Hurley, Europe, 2 and 1

Sunday foursomes

Whitsett/Wyatt, U.S., def. Hurley/Phelan, Europe, 5 and 3
Carpenter/Kim, U.S., def. Brun/Stalter, Europe, 1 up
Cappelen/Eason, Europe, def. Berger/Dale, U.S., 1 up
Fernandez/Taylor, Europe, def. Erkenbeck/Weaver, U.S., 4 and 3
Rodgers/Thomas, U.S., vs. Figueiredo/Widegren, Europe, Halved

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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