DOONBEG, County Clare, Ireland--- Great Britain and Ireland jumped
out to a quick start in the 2002 Palmer Cup presented by Pennzoil
winning two matches in the morning four-ball competition. The United
States rallied however, winning the third and fourth matches of the
Andy Smith and Justin Walters posted the first point for GB&I as they
soundly defeated Ryan Hybl and Lee Williamson, 6 and 4. Despite
making birdie on the first two holes, Smith and Walters trailed
1-down through the fifth hole. The GB&I duo turned things around
shortly thereafter, and following a chip-in by Smith on No. 9, led
While Smith and Walters spurred the momentum by running away with
their match, the other faced difficult 18-hole matches.
Philip Rowe and Oliver Wilson defeated Brock Mackenzie and Nick
Watney, 1-up to earn the second point for GB&I. The Englishmen never
trailed in the match, but were never more than 2-up.
GB&I led the final two matches 1-up through 15 holes and, it appeared
that the Americans were in danger of being swept. However, both USA
duos came back to win two of the final three holes and win their
"We had a tough match," said D.J. Trahan. "Stuart (Wilson) played
steady all day, and (Justin) Kehoe putted lights-out all day, which
really hurt us the most. We just kept grinding it out and were able
to turn it on at the end."
The Palmer Cup continues this afternoon with foursomes (alternate
shot) matches. While the teams peppered the course with birdies this
morning, some anticipate the scores to climb during foursomes.
"I expect the scores to be a little higher this afternoon," said
Rowe, a four-time Palmer Cup player. "(Foursomes) is such a
different game. It's difficult to get into a rhythm in alternate
shot format. You may play twelve holes before you pull your driver
out of the bag."
· The Palmer Cup is the first official competition at this new
links. The matches are part of Doonbeg’s grand opening celebration,
which included an exhibition between designer Greg Norman and
Irishman Padraig Harrington on Tuesday.
· The last time the Palmer Cup was hosted by Great Britain and
Ireland, Team GB&I defeated the U.S. 12.5 to 11.5.
· The United States has yet to win the Palmer Cup when GB&I
hosts (tie in 1998, loss in 2000).
· This is the first time the matches have been contested in Ireland.
· The United States leads the series 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie.
Four-ball Matches Results
Doonbeg Golf Club, County Clare, Ireland
Thursday, July 11, 2002
Game 1 8 a.m. GB&I Philip Rowe and Oliver Wilson
def. USA Brock Mackenzie and Nick Watney, 1-up
Game 2 8:10 a.m. GB&I Andy Smith and Justin Walters
def. USA Ryan Hybl and Lee Williamson, 6 and 4
Game 3 8:20 a.m. USA John Klauk and Hunter Mahan
def. GB&I Geoff Harris and Stuart Manley, 1-up
Game 4 8:30 a.m. USA Bill Haas and D.J. Trahan
def. GB&I Justin Kehoe and Stuart Wilson, 1-up
Team Points: GB&I 2