Williams Leads Team USA At The Palmer Cup
June 28, 2012
NEWCASTLE, Country Down - Washington's Chris Williams won both his four-ball and foursome matches in 2012 Palmer Cup action at The Royal County Down Golf Club on Thursday to help Team USA to a 6.5-1.5 advantage over the Europeans after two rounds.
The wins moved Williams, who will start his senior season at Washington in the fall, to 6-1-2 in international play. He was 2-0-2 in 2011 Palmer Cup action and 2-1 in Walker Cup play.
Williams, a first team PING All-American, teamed with Andrew Yun of Stanford in the morning four-ball matches and beat the European duo of Daan Huizing and Thomas Pieters, 1-up. Williams and Yun withstood a late rally by Huizing and Pieters to put the Americans up 2-0.
The U.S. took the fourth with par to go 1-up and held that advantage until a Huizing birdie on No. 8 moved the match to all square. Team USA claimed holes 10, 11 and 13 to go 3-up but Europe birdied Nos. 16 and 17 for a 1-up standing headed to the final hole. All four players recorded par on the 18th for the U.S. to win 1-up.
In the afternoon, Williams joined Clemson's Corbin Mills and cruised to a 5 and 4 foursomes win over Graeme Robertson and Pontus Widegren. Mills and Williams birdied the first and led the entire match, only dropping one hole. The Americans won the fourth, fifth and ninth before Europe claimed No. 11. The U.S. finished the match by winning No. 13 and halving No. 14.
Singles matches begin on Friday, with Williams taking on Robertson in the first pairing.
The USA holds a 7-6-1 advantage all-time, including a 13-11 victory in 2011.
Four-Ball Matches Results - Morning
Foursomes Matches Results - Afternoon