June 9, 2005
ATLANTA – The United States and Europe battled to a 6-6 tie after the first two rounds of the Palmer Cup matches at Whistling Straits in Mosel, Wis. The countries split the morning four-ball matches, 2-2, as well as the afternoon singles matches, 4-4.
Georgia Tech’s Roberto Castro and Duke’s Ryan Blaum won the final morning four-ball match against against Kalle Edberg and Alex Norén, 1-up. The USA pair was down three holes through eight, but battled back to square the match with a birdie at 14. After a birdie by the European pair put them behind again, Castro birdied the 17th to square the match and Blaum followed with another on the final hole for the victory.
Castro lost his afternoon singles match to Edberg, who played collegiately at Augusta State, 3 and 1. Edberg eagled the first hole and birdied the third to go up two holes. Castro eagled the fifth to get within one, then played Edberg even over the next eight holes. The Tech sophomore pulled even with a par on the 14th hole, but Edberg closed out the match with birdies on 16 and 17.
Alternate shot matches are underway Thursday morning, with Castro and Indiana’s Jeff Overton paired together against Pablo Martin and Alejandro Canizares. The final round (eight singles matches) is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Results for the Palmer Cup can be tracked at Palmer Cup Homepage.
2005 PALMER CUPWhistling Straits, The Irish CourseMosel, Wis.
DAY ONE RESULTS United States 6, Europe 6
Four-Ball Matches John Holmes/Spencer Levin, USA def. Rhys Davies/Steve Tiley, Europe, 6 and 4 Scott Jamieson/David Skinns, Europe def. Matt Every/Matthew Rosenfeld, USA, 3 and 2 Alejandro Cañizares/Pablo Martin, Europe def. Jeff Overton/Michael Putnam, USA, 2 and 1 Ryan Blaum/Roberto Castro, USA def. Kalle Edberg/Alex Norén, Europe, 1-up
Singles Matches Spencer Levin, USA and Rhys Davies, Europe, match halved Matt Every, USA d. David Skinns, Europe, 4 and 2 John Holmes, USA d. Steve Tiley, Europe, 3 and 2 Jeff Overton, USA and Pablo Martin, Europe, match halved Michael Putnam, USA d. Scott Jamieson, Europe, 5 and 4 Alex Norén, Europe d. Ryan Blaum, USA, 3 and 1 Alejandro Cañizares, Europe d. Matthew Rosenfeld, USA, 3 and 1 Kalle Edberg, Europe d. Roberto Castro, USA, 3 and 1