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The 4th Palmer Cup
Royal Liverpool Golf Club
15th-16th August 2000
Results

 

The 4th Palmer Cup started today at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.  This annual match between the best 8 collegiate golfers of America and their equivalent from Great Britain and Ireland commenced with 4 morning fourball matches.

In match one the pairing of two England internationals Harris and Elson proved to be too strong for the US pairing of Sanders and Cassini.  After the turn the English duo were 5 under and finished winning 3 & 2.

In match two the US pairing of Andy Miller (son of Johnny Miller – The Open winner ’76) and Lucas Glover got off to a tremendous start with 5 birdies on front nine.  Although the GB & I pairing of Mark Booker (Surrey University) and Joel Hendry (Scottish Youth Champion) didn’t hit a single bogie they eventually lost 5 & 3.

Match three saw the in-form Irish International Graeme McDowell (World University Champion) teamed up with Welsh International Kyron Sullivan against the US pairing of Klauk and Wisler.  This was a very tight match with neither side going more than 1 up until McDowell had two birdie 3’s on 17 & 18 to win the match by 2 holes.

Therefore, Great Britain & Ireland took a 2.5 – 1.5 lead over USA into the afternoon foursome matches.

In the afternoon the USA came out firing winning the first two matches comfortably 5 & 3 and 5 & 4.  Miller kept his form from the morning session and partnered Sanders to a 5 & 3 victory over Harris & Elson.  It wasn’t to be Booker & Hendry’s day as they suffered another heavy defeat from Cassini & Byrd.  However, GB & I won the third foursomes by 2 holes.  Again McDowell hit a birdie putt on 18 to win the match.  Rowe and Sullivan in the final foursomes were determined not to let the match slip and won the match 3 & 1.  Therefore levelling the foursomes 2 all, but giving Great Britain and Ireland an over night lead of 4.5-3.5.

Tuesday 15 August

‘Morning Fourball’

Great Britain & Ireland

United States of America

Match 1 – 0905

1.

Max Harris

3 & 2

1.

Andy Sanders

2.

Jamie Elson

2.

Nick Cassini

Match 2 – 0915

3.

Mark Booker

3.

Andy Miller               5&3

4.

Joel Hendry

4.

Lucas Glover

Match 3 – 0925

5.

Graeme McDowell

2UP

5.

Jeff Klauk

6.

Kyron Sullivan

6.

Chris Wisler

Match 4 – 0935

7.

Phillip Rowe

Half

7.

John Engler           Half

8.

Simon Robinson

8.

Jonathon Byrd

2.5


Morning Singles – August 16th

GB&I

USA

Match 9

08.30

Graeme McDowell

Won 6&4

Lucas Glover

Match 10

08.38

Joel Hendry

Won 3&2

Andy Miller

Match 11

08.46

Max Harris

                           Halved

Nick Cassini

Match 12

08.54

Jamie Elson

Jonathon Byrd

Won 1 UP

Match 13

09.02

Simon Robinson

John Engler

Won 3&2

Match 14

09.10

Mark Booker

Won 3&2

Andy Sanders

Match 15

09.18

Kyron Sullivan

Chris Wisler

Won 3&2

Match 16

09.26

Phillip Rowe

Won 1UP

Jeff Klauk

GB&I   4.5

USA   3.5

Overall Result

             9

             7

 
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