Men's Golf
Langley, USA captures Palmer Cup

Scott Langley won the clinching match for the United States during the Palmer Cup.
Scott Langley won the clinching match for the United States during the Palmer Cup.

June 26, 2010

Portrush, Northern Ireland - The United States defeated Europe, 13-11, to claim the Palmer Cup held at Royal Portrush Golf Club. The victory was the Americans first in Europe since 2002 and gives the USA a 7-6-1 overall advantage in the Palmer Cup series.

With six matches in the clubhouse only John Chin and Scott Langley remained on the course for the United States. Chin had led most of his match - including 3-up after three holes - but his opponent Patrick Spraggs battled back to take the lead after No. 15. Chin evened the match after 17 putting himself into a position for either a half or a win to clinch the match for the Americans. Langley meanwhile had led most of his match but had been holding a 1-up advantage since No. 13. While Chin and Spraggs were in the fairway on No. 18, Langley clinched the match for America, ensuring at least a half when both he and Rhys Enoch parred No. 17. Chin would go on to drop his match, 1-down, while Langley would complete his 1-up victory.

"I actually didn't know at the time that I clinched it," said Langley. "I knew it was going to be close. That's what the coaches said all day. I knew we had a couple of wins with David (Chung) and Dan (Miernicki) early. That was key. I knew that the other matches were close but I was confident that the other guys could pull it out. In the end Russell (Henley) won big and I ended up winning too. I knew it was close and I knew that I had to play 17 well. I didn't know that I didn't need to play 18 well, but I still tried to do my best and hit two solid shots and I was able to do that."

Here is Langley's Diary for Round 3:

Hey Illini!

Today Team USA took home the Palmer Cup outscoring the European Squad 13-11 overall! We had a good day, and one that was good enough to win! My match went down to the wire, and was very happy to win 1-up on the 18th hole to clinch the cup for the team.

Today, we evenly split the singles matches 4-4, so just like the entire competition, it was very close. It got a lot more windy today than it has been the last few days, and made the golf course play very difficult. However, we hung in there today and did what we had to do to come out on top!

Now, we're headed off to go celebrate at dinner and then headed home tomorrow. I'm looking forward to being at home for a couple of days then heading off on a family vacation for a little while. Thanks to everyone who has been following!

Go USA, and Go Illini!