June 11, 2011
The United States won five of the eight final-round singles matches to claim the Palmer Cup Saturday at The Stanwich Club, 13-11. It was the second-straight Palmer Cup victory against its counterparts from Europe and give the Americans an 8-6-1 lead in the all-time series.
Bank Vongvanij evened the overall team match with a 6 and 5 win against Jeff Karlsson. Vongvanij won five of the first six holes and maintained a 5-up lead until closing the match on No. 13.
A come-from-behind 3 and 1 victory by Patrick Cantlay against Nick MacAndrew gave the Americans a brief lead. MacAndrew jumped out to a quick 3-up advantage after five holes. Cantlay cut the lead to 2-up after No. 6 and then won holes 9-12 to go 2-up. A birdie on 14 put him 3-up but MacAndrew cut the lead back to 2-up on No. 16. Cantlay won 17 to close out the match.
Nils Floren won 4 and 2 over Alex Carpenter to move the team match back to all-square. Floren won the third hole and would never trail. The Swede would extend his lead to 3-up on four separate occasions. Floren closed Carpenter out on No. 16.
Daniel Miernicki and Chris Williams would win the next two matches to put the U.S. in the lead for good. Robert Karlsson claimed the first hole is his match against Miernicki but the American would take the next two move to 1-up. Miernicki would claim both No. 7 and 8 to take take control of the match at 3-up. Karlsson would cut it the lead to 2-up at the turn but Miernicki would win the next two holes before closing out with birdie on at No. 15 for a 5 and 3 victory.
Williams won the second hole in his match against Henrik Norlander and never trailed. Williams would push his lead to 3-up at the turn but Norlander got the lead 1-up after No. 14. Williams would take the next two holes to claim the match 3 and 2.
Denmark's Sebastian Cappelen downed Russell Henley in the next match, 1-up. Cappelen won two of the first three holes but Henley claimed Nos. 4-6 to take a 1-up lead. Cappelen won back-to-back holes at the eighth and ninth to move back to 1-up but Henley move the match back to all-square with a birdie at No. 10. The two would trade holes at Nos. 12 and 13 to stay at all-square. Cappelen won the match with a birdie on No. 18.
Blayne Barber and Ignacio Elvira halved their match. Elvira won the second hole and led 3-up through No. 5 before Barber evened the match at No. 11. Barber birdied No. 12 to take his first lead but the match was back to all-square at No. 14. Barber would claim No. 15 but Elvira birdied No. 16 to move the match back to even.
Andrew Yun claimed the final match of the Palmer Cup, 1-up, to clinch the win for Team USA. Yun birdied the first hole to go 1-up before Pontus Widegren evened the score after No. 3. Yun would again take the lead at No. 5 but Widegren would win the next two holes for a 1-up advantage. Yun would even the match with a birdie on No. 9. Widegren was back on top with a birdie at No. 11. Yun retook the lead with back-to-back wins at Nos. 14-15. Widegren got the match back to even by winning the next hole but with a birdie on No. 17 Yun could finish no worse than a halved match and clinched the Palmer Cup for the United States. Both players parred the last hole for the final margin.
With his victory against Widegren, Yun became just the 13th competitor in the history of the Palmer Cup to post a perfect 4-0 record at the matches.
The Stanwich Club
United States 13, Europe 11
Final Round Singles Matches Pairings
Patrick Cantlay, USA def. Nick MacAndrew, Europe, 3 and 1
Nils Floren, Europe def. Alex Carpenter, USA, 4 and 2
Bank Vongvanij, USA def. Jeff Karlsson, Europe, 6 and 5
Daniel Miernicki, USA def. Robert Karlsson, Europe, 5 and 3
Sebastian Cappelen, Europe def. Russell Henley, USA, 1-up
Blayne Barber, USA halved Ignacio Elvira, Europe
Chris Williams, USA def. Henrik Norlander, Europe, 3 and 2
Andrew Yun, USA def. Pontus Widegren, Europe, 1-up