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Europe beat USA to win Arnold Palmer Cup

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 1st with 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.

Europe celebrate victory at Formby Golf Club
Europe celebrate victory at Formby Golf Club

Final Round Singles Results 

Game 21:

Antoine Rozner, Europe def. Nahum Mendoza III, USA, 1-up

Game 22: 

Rico Hoey, USA def. Sam Horsfield, Europe, 1-up

Game 23: 

Adrian Meronk, Europe halved Alistair Docherty, USA

Game 24: 

Zach Wright, USA def. Robin Petersson, Europe, 3 and 1

Game 25: 

Charlie Danielson, USA def. David Boote, Europe, 1-up

Game 26: 

Mathias Eggenberger, Europe def. Will Zalatoris, USA, 1-up

Game 27: 

Mathias Schwab, Europe def. Doug Ghim, USA, 2 and 1

Game 28: 

Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Europe def. Will Gordon, USA, 1-up

Game 29: 

Lars van Meijel, Europe halved Derek Bard, USA

Game 30: 

Stuart Grehan, Europe halved Michael Johnson, USA

Undefeated Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Undefeated Robin Sciot-Siegrist

Day 2 Summary

Europe dominated Saturday’s third round singles matches to extend its lead to 13-7 at the Arnold Palmer Cup at Formby Golf Club. The host side earned seven of the ten points available and need only two and half more to reclaim the Arnold Palmer Cup on Sunday.

Europe went ahead first when Antoine Rozner downed Will Gordon 5 and 4. Gordon claimed the first hole but two straight wins by Rozner at the 6th and 7th put him in the lead for the rest of the match. Rozner went on to take 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th to push the match to its final margin.

USA got on the board with Nahum Mendoza III defeating Matthias Schwab 3 and 2. Mendoza never trailed after the first hole and extended his lead to 5-up after 9 holes. Schwab reduced the margin with a birdie at 10th and cut the lead to 3-up after a Mendoza bogey on 15th. The two halved 16 with pars, sealing the victory for Mendoza.

Europe got their second point of the day with David Boote’s 4 and 3 victory over Michael Johnson. The two traded wins on the first two holes, before Boote won five of the next six holes to go 5-up. Johnson would cut the lead to 3-up before a birdie by Boote on the 14th brought the margin back to 4-up before a par to close the match on 15.

The second match of the day was halved between Adrian Meronk and Alistair Docherty. Team USA’s Docherty took an early 1-up lead after a Meronk bogey at the 2nd, but Meronk responded with a win on hole 3. Meronk took a 1-up lead after a birdie on the 9th, with Docherty answering with a birdie of his own on the 12th. Docherty birdied the 16th to take a 1-up lead, but a bogey on 17 brought it back to square. They halved the final hole to finish the match even.

Sweden’s Robin Petersson defeated Doug Ghim in dominating fashion 6 & 5. Ghim won the 1st hole with a birdie before Petersson squared the match with a par on the 3rd. Petersson then won four straight holes starting at the 3rd. His two birdies and an eagle moved him to 3-up. The Swede ended any ideas of a USA comeback with birdies at the 8th, 11th and 13th.

Sam Horsfield posted another victory for Europe when he beat Will Zalatoris 2-up. With the exception of a Zalatoris’ 1-up lead through 5, the match was all square until Horsfield took the lead for good after ten holes of golf. He would extend the lead to 2-up with a birdie at the 14th. Zalatoris would cut the lead with a birdie at the 16th but Horsfield closed the match with one of his own on the final hole.

Rico Hoey would provide USA’s second singles victory with a 2 and 1 triumph over Lars van Meijel. Van Meijel took an early lead by winning the 2nd. Hoey responded by winning with birdie on the next two holes. The American would push the lead to 2-up after a birdie concession on the 8th but van Meijel pushed the match back to all square by winning the next two. Hoey took control of the match for good by claiming 11th, 12th and 13th. Van Meijel made a late run to cut the lead to 1-up through 15. Hoey closed the match with a birdie at the 17th.

Robin Sciot-Siegrist defeated Derek Bard 2 and 1 to push Europe’s lead to 11.5-6.5. The first 10 holes were a back-and-forth affair but the Frenchman took the lead for good with eagle at the 11th and pushed the lead to 2-up with a birdie at the 14th.

Stuart Grehan notched another European victory 2 and 1 over Charlie Danielson. Danielson led early after birdie at the 3rd but Grehan equalized the match through 5 holes. The Irishman went ahead again with birdie at the 6th. He twice pushed the lead to 3-up before the 2 and 1 final outcome.

The two sides halved the final match. Switzerland’s Mathias Eggenberger and Zach Wright were all square for 14 of the 18 holes of the round. Eggenberger led for three holes and was 1-up through 1, but a bogey on the final hole paired with a Wright par halved the match. 

Sam Horsfield in action during Day 2 at The Arnold Palmer Cup
Sam Horsfield in action during Day 2 at The Arnold Palmer Cup

Day 1 Summary

Europe leads the United States 6-4 after the opening day of the Arnold Palmer Cup at Formby Golf Club in England.

The home side went into the afternoon of the Ryder Cup-style competition between collegiate golfers holding a 4-1 lead after the opening foursomes round, claiming three matches and halving the remaining two. However, USA notched up three wins from five matches in the afternoon four-ball session to get within two points of Europe.

David Boote and Adrian Meronk earned the first point of the four-ball session after beating Derek Bard and Michael Johnson 4 and 2. USA claimed the first two holes of the match but birdies by Boote at the 3rd and 5th holes pulled the score back to even. Poland’s Meronk made back-to-back birdoes on the 6th and 7th to give Europe the lead. Meronk closed out the match by winning on the 15th and 16th.

USA claimed its first match of the Arnold Palmer Cup when Doug Ghim and Will Zalatoris defeated Sam Horsfield and Matthias Schwab. Europe took its only lead when Horsfield birdied the 5th but a Ghim birdie at the next hole moved the match to all square. Another birdie by Ghim at the 8th gave USA the lead. The Americans extended that lead to 2 up through fifteen holes and closed out the match when both Zalatoris and Horsfield birdied the 17th.

The French pairing of Antoine Rozner and Robin Sciot-Siegrist moved Europe to six points for the day, coming from behind to beat Alistair Docherty and Will Gordon. Neither side gained more than a 1 up advantage, with USA holding the lead through 15. Rozner pushed Europe into the lead with a birdie at the 16th and an eagle at the 17th. Both Americans hit within three feet on the 18th but Robin Sciot-Siegrist’s birdie halved the hole.  

Irleand’s Stuart Grehan and Lars van Meijel were beaten by Charlie Danielson and Zach Wright 4 and 2. Mathias Eggenberger and Robin Petersson also lost the final four-ball of the afternoon. Rico Hoey and Nahum Mendoz III gave USA a positive end to the day with a 1 up victory after Menoza scored a birdie on the 17th hole.

Adrian Meronk during Day 1 at Formby golf Club
Adrian Meronk during Day 1 at Formby golf Club