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Late rally gives Americans 5-point lead at Palmer Cup

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TADWORTH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Eddie Pepperell of England, winner of the tournament, pose for a photo with host Justin Rose of England during day four of Sky Sports British Masters at Walton Heath Golf Club on October 14, 2018 in Tadworth, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)  - 

With only a one-point lead after the morning session, the United States won eight of the 12 fourball matches Saturday afternoon to take a five-point lead into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Cup.

The U.S. leads, 20 ½ to 15 ½. The Americans need 30 points to retain the cup, with 24 singles matches on deck Sunday.

The Americans led by four points after the first day of competition, but the Internationals won 7 ½ of the available 12 points in the mixed foursomes matches on Saturday morning.

With the overall match tied heading into the last few matches on Saturday afternoon, the Americans won each of the last five to take a sizable lead into the final day.

This is the first year that the Palmer Cup has featured both men’s and women’s college golfers. The U.S. leads the overall series, 11-9-1.