IRVINE, Scotland — Europe opened a 2.5-1.5 lead at the Palmer Cup presented by Monster after the morning four-ball session at Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links. The second round singles matches teed off at 1:30 p.m.
“I’m very pleased with our morning round,” said European Captain Mårten Olander. “I thought we got off to a good start and felt we had control over three matches early. If not for some very good short game play by the Americans we might have had a larger lead. I applaud them for a strong finish and am pleased with how we played.”
Europe opened the round with a 1-up victory by the Swedish pairing of Jonas Blixt and Jonas Enander Hedin. The Swedes won the first hole and extended their lead to three after 13 holes. However, birdies by Chesson Hadley on 14 and Adam Mitchell on 17 shrunk the lead to a single hole before Enander Hedin drained a 35-foot putt to secure the match.
The Europeans extended their lead to two matches after Jorge Campillo’s and Tim Sluiter’s 4 and 2 win against Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschel. Counting birdie on Nos. 1, 5 and 6, the Euros built a four-hole margin after six holes. The Americans would record birdies of their own on 13 and 14 to cut the lead to two before Sluiter birdied the next two holes to close out the match.
Gareth Shaw and Jonathan Caldwell would build another early lead for Europe in their match against Kevin Chappell and Aaron Goldberg, winning the first four holes and extending their lead to five after seven. Goldberg would birdie the next hole to whittle the lead back to four before the Americans won holes 12-14 with birdies by Chappell at 13 and Goldberg at 14. A Shaw birdie on No. 16 moved the match to dormie before Chappell birdied the final two holes - including chipping in from the bunker on No. 18 - to halve the match.
The U.S. would win the final match of the morning with a 2 and 1 triumph by Michael Thompson and Derek Fathauer over Scott Borrowman and Charles Ford. The Americans never trailed, but did not win a hole until the sixth and never leading by more than one until the 15th.
2008 Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links
Day One Results
Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links
United States 1.5
Four-Ball Matches Results
Jonas Blixt/Jonas Enander Hedin, Europe def. Chesson Hadley/Adam Mitchell, USA, 1-up
Jonathan Caldwell/Gareth Shaw, Europe halved Kevin Chappell/Aaron Goldberg, USA
Derek Fathauer/Michael Thompson, USA def. Scott Borrowman/Charles Ford, Europe, 2 and 1
Jorge Campillo/Tim Sluiter, Europe def. Rickie Fowler/Billy Horschel, USA, 4 and 2
Day-One Singles Matches Pairings
Jonas Enander Hedin, Europe vs. Aaron Goldberg, USA
Jonas Blixt, Europe vs. Adam Mitchell, USA
Jonathan Caldwell, Europe vs. Chesson Hadley, USA
Gareth Shaw, Europe vs. Derek Fathauer, USA
Scott Borrowman, Europe vs. Billy Horschel, USA
Jorge Campillo, Europe vs. Kevin Chappell, USA
Tim Sluiter, Europe vs. Michael Thompson, USA