Widegren Leads Europe with Early Victory in Palmer Cup.

June 24, 2010

UCLA freshman Pontus Widegren, representing his native Sweden, helped lead Europe to an early victory in the morning four-ball matches at the Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush Golf Club. The Americans, however, stormed back with four foursomes victories in the afternoon to take a 6-2 lead.

In the four-ball matches, the two sides split four matches. Widegren and countryman Henrik Norlander beat Scott Langley and Corey Nagy of the U.S., 4 and 3. The Swedes won the 3rd, 5th, 12th and 13th holes with birdies and added eagles on the 9th and 10th holes before clinching it on the 15th green. The other European winners were Rhys Enoch and Andrea Pavan, who won 3 and 2 over John Chin and Daniel Miernicki.

In the afternoon foursomes competitions, the U.S. swept all four matches. Widegren and teammate James Byrne lost 2-up to Langley and Nagy.

Complete first day results are listed below.

Palmer Cup
Royal Portrush Golf Club
June 24
United States 6, Europe 2

Four-Ball Matches Results
Henrik Norlander/Pontus Widegren, Europe def. Scott Langley/Corey Nagy, United States, 4 and 3
Rhys Enoch/Andrea Pavan, Europe def. John Chin/Daniel Miernicki, United States, 3 and 2
David Chung/Jonathan Randolph, United States def. David Lingmerth/Patrick Spraggs, Europe, 1-up
Tyson Alexander/Russell Henley, United States def. James Byrne/Jesper Kennegard, Europe, 3 and 1
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Foursomes Matches Results
John Chin/Daniel Miernicki, United States def. Rhys Enoch/Andrea Pavan, Europe, 1-up
David Chung/Jonathan Randolph, United States def. David Lingmerth/Patrick Spraggs, Europe, 5 and 4
Scott Langley/Corey Nagy, United States def. James Byrne/Pontus Widegren, Europe, 2-up
Tyson Alexander/Russell Henley, United States def. Jesper Kennegard/Henrik Norlander, Europe, 1-up

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