An otherwise close contest turned into a blowout Saturday, as Team Europe made quick work of their American counterparts at Walton Heath to claim the Palmer Cup.
With both sides tied at 10 points apiece entering the final day, the Europeans took 8.5 points from a possible 10 in the final slate of singles matches. The lone American victory came from Ollie Schniederjans, who defeated Louis Tomlinson, 5 and 3, while Rico Hoey halved the anchor match with Pep Angles after the fate of the overall competition had already been decided.
This marks Europe's first win in the Ryder Cup-style event between collegiate players since 2012, and the 18.5-11.5 final margin of victory is the largest for the Europeans since they won 19.5-4.5 at Prestwick in 2006. The U.S. still maintains a slim 9-8-1 overall lead in the series, though the Europeans have now won five of the last six times the event has been played on their home soil.
Round 4 singles results (Europe wins Palmer Cup, 18.5-11.5)
James Ross, Europe def. Brandon Hagy, USA, 3 and 2
Grant Forrest, Europe def. Trey Mullinax, USA, 3 and 2
Paul Dunne, Europe def. Robby Shelton, USA, 1 up
Ollie Schniederjans, USA def. Louis Tomlinson, Europe, 5 and 3
Jack McDonald, Europe def. Bryson Dechambeau, USA, 2 and 1
Thomas Detry, Europe def. Jack Maguire, USA, 4 and 3
Jon Rahm, Europe def. Wyndham Clark, USA, 4 and 2
Erik Oja, Europe def. Anthony Maccaglia, USA, 3 and 2
Ricardo Gouveia, Europe def. Stewart Jolly, USA, 3 and 2
Pep Angles, Europe halved Rico Hoey, USA