The United States claimed five consecutive singles matches Thursday afternoon to lead Europe, 6 1/2 – 5 1/2, after the first day of the Palmer Cup at Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links in Irvine, Scotland.
Europe posted the first point of the singles session when Jonas Blixt downed Adam Mitchell, 5 and 4. Mitchell won the first hole with birdie but lost the second with bogey. Blixt would win Nos. 4, 5, 10 and 11 with par and 7 and 14 with birdie.
Chesson Hadley began the American winning streak with a 2-and-1 victory against Jonathan Caldwell. Hadley won five of the first seven holes and moved to dormie after halving No. 14. Caldwell would respond with back-to-back birdies before halving 17.
Rickie Fowler won, 4 and 3, over Charles Ford. Fowler took the lead after No. 2 but fell to 1 down after conceding the fourth and fifth. He would then move to 4 up after winning the next five holes with birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie, par. Ford would cut the lead back to two with birdies at Nos. 11 and 13. Fowler closed out the match by winning the next two holes.
Aaron Goldberg led wire-to-wire in his 2-up win against Europe’s Jonas Enander Hedin. Goldberg claimed Nos. 1, 4 and 5 to grab an early lead. Enander Hedin would cut the lead back to a single hole after winning with birdie on 13 and 17. A Goldberg par at No. 18 ended the match.
Kevin Chappell continued the Americans winning ways by downing Jorge Campillo, 4 and 3. Chappell claimed an early lead with a birdie at the first but bogeyed No. 2 to move the match back to all-square. He moved back into the lead with another birdie at the sixth but the match again moved to even after he conceded the ninth. He would take the lead for good after winning No. 11 and put the match out of reach with a birdie, Campillo concession, birdie combo.
Derek Fathauer claimed the final victory of the day for Team USA by defeating Gareth Shaw, 1 up. The match was close for its entirety with neither player gaining more than a one-hole advantage. Fathauer took an early lead by winning the second. Shaw took the lead with birdies at Nos. 4 and 8, but the match moved to even when he conceded the ninth. Fathauer would again take the lead with Shaw’s second concession at No. 11. Shaw pushed the match to all square by winning the 15th. Fathauer won the match by making par on No. 18.
Europe won the final two singles matches. Local favorite Scott Borrowman downed Billy Horschel and Tim Sluiter defeated Michael Thompson with 1-up victories.
Results from Day 1 at the Palmer Cup, played June 26 at Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links in Irvine, Scotland.
DAY ONE: U.S. 6.5, Europe 5.5
AFTERNOON SINGLES: U.S. 5, Europe 3
Aaron Goldberg (USA) def. Jonas Enander Hedin, 2 up
Jonas Blixt (E) def. Adam Mitchell, 5 and 4
Chesson Hadley (USA) def. Jonathan Caldwell, 2 and 1
Derek Fathauer, USA def. Gareth Shaw, 1 up
Scott Borrowman (E) def. Billy Horschel, 1 up
Kevin Chappell (USA) def. Jorge Campillo, 4 and 3
Tim Sluiter (E) def. Michael Thompson, 1 up
MORNING FOUR-BALLS: Europe 2.5, U.S. 1.5
Jonas Blixt-Jonas Enander Hedin (E) def.
Chesson Hadley-Adam Mitchell, 1 up
Jonathan Caldwell-Gareth Shaw (E) halved
Kevin Chappell-Aaron Goldberg
Derek Fathauer-Michael Thompson (USA) def.
Scott Borrowman-Charles Ford, 2 and 1
Jorge Campillo-Tim Sluiter (E) def.
Rickie Fowler-Billy Horschel, 4 and 2