Pieters Helps Team Europe Capture Palmer Cup
June 30, 2012
NEWCASTLE, County Down - Europe claimed seven of eight matches and halved the other to stage a dramatic comeback and claim the 2012 Palmer Cup at The Royal County Down Golf Club on Saturday. Team Europe overcame a four-point deficit to win 13.5-10.5. The all-time Palmer Cup results now stand 8-7-1 in favor of the United States.
Illini Thomas Pieters halved both of his singles matches during the competition, coming back on the final hole against James White on Friday and Corbin Mills on Saturday. Both opponents conceded No. 18 to Pieters to end the match all-square. The first-ever Belgian native to play in the Palmer Cup teamed with Daan Huizing on the opening day, as the duo was edged (1up) by Chris Williams and Andrew Yun during the day one matches.
"After the first day we were very disappointed, of course, and we had a long meeting," Europe Coach Rickard Lindberg said. "I told them that we could still win this because there were a lot of points out there. I just wanted them to all believe that they could do it and they would have to go deep down within themselves to find something. Yesterday was good. We were pretty much in the same place we were today. We didn't have the lucky bounces like we did today but today was unreal. I couldn't be prouder of the guys or their performance. They really took on the situation and they really gave it a shot and came through on top. It was just unreal."
2012 Palmer Cup Results
Round Four Singles Matches Results (June 30) - Europe 13.5, United States 10.5
Round Three Singles Matches Results (June 29) - United States 10, Europe 6
Foursome Matches Results (June 28) - United States 6.5, Europe 1.5
Four-Ball Matches Results (June 28) - United States 3.5, Europe 0.5