Europe beat USA to win Arnold Palmer Cup at Formby Golf Club
Europe defeated the United States 18.5-11.5 to reclaim the Arnold Palmer Cup at Formby Golf Club today. The host side bettered USA for the second day in the singles matches 5.5-4.5.
Frenchman Antoine Rozner, who broke the course record at Royal Porthcawl with a 64 on the first day of The Amateur Championships last week, gave Europe its first point of the day when he won his fourth match of the tournament with a 1-up victory over Nahum Mendoza III. The match was a tight affair with neither player holding greater than a one-hole advantage. With the match at all square after nine holes of golf, Rozner took the lead for good at the 16th.
Austria’s Matthias Schwab clinched the match for Europe with his 2 and 1 victory over Doug Ghim. Schwab took the lead with a birdie at the 3rd but a bogey at the next hole moved the match to all square. Schwab took control again by winning three straight holes, including two consecutive birdies at the 8th and 9th. Ghim battled back to cut the lead to 1-down but Schwab secured the cup for Europe with another birdie at the 17th hole.
R&A Scholars Tournament champion Mathias Eggenberger claimed Europe’s second match with a 1-up victory over Will Zalatoris. Eggenberger controlled much of the play and took the lead with a birdie at the 4th, and pushed his advantage to 3-up after another at the 7th. Zalatoris fought back to tie the match through 12, however another birdie by the Swiss golfer put him in the lead once more after sixteen holes. A Zalatoris birdie on the next hole moved the match back to all square but Eggenberger’s par putt on the 18th was enough to win the hole, and the match.
Robin Sciot-Siegrist equalled Frenchmen Rozner’s undefeated record in the tournament with a 1-up win over Will Gordon. Sciot-Siegrist claimed the 1stwith birdie but Gordon responded by taking the next two holes. Sciot-Siegrist claimed the 4th and 5th to take the lead. He moved his advantage to 2-up through 11th, 12th and 16th before settling for the 1-up victory.
Adrian Meronk, Lars van Meijel and Stuart Grehan all halved their matches against USA.
Sweden’s Robin Petersson, and Charlie Danielson were named recipients of the Michael Carter Award, which is presented to the Arnold Palmer Cup participant that best represents the qualities and ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and upholding of the game.
Matthias Schwab was selected by both teams to receive the Arnold Palmer Cup exemption into the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Players selected the individual from both teams that they think best represents the Arnold Palmer Legacy; the values that Arnold Palmer exhibited through his life in golf. Kieran Oates the Arnold Palmer Cup junior caddie for Schwab will also be on the bag at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The victory means Europe cut the gap by one and now trail USA 10-9-1 in the all-time series.
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