Wright Wins Four-Ball Match at Palmer Cup
MERSEYSIDE, England – LSU’s Zach Wright helped close Team USA’s deficit to the Europeans to 6-4 on the opening day of the 2016 Arnold Palmer Cup as he teamed with Illinois All-American Charlie Danielson to take down Stuart Grehan and Lars van Meijel by a 4-and-2 margin in their afternoon four-ball match at Formby Golf Club.
They never trailed in the match while taking the lead right out of the gate with back-to-back birdies at holes No. 1 and No. 2 before Wright pushed their advantage to 3-up with a birdie at the fifth hole.
The Europeans won their only hole of the match at No. 7 to cut their deficit to 2-down, but the Americans closed it out on the back nine when Danielson birdied No. 15 and Wright birdied No. 16 for the 4-and-2 victory. Theirs was among three victories for the Americans in five four-ball matches played in the afternoon after the Europeans jumped out to a 4-1 lead without dropping a match in the morning foursomes.
Texas’ Doug Ghim and Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris defeated Florida’s Sam Horsfield and Vanderbilt Matthias Schwab, 2-and-1, and USC’s Rico Hoey and San Diego State’s Nahum Mendoza III defeated Stirling’s Mathias Eggenberger and Augusta’s Robin Petersson, 1-up, to put the United States on the scoreboard in the afternoon four-ball matches.
Wright and Danielson were unbeaten on the day as they also halved their morning foursome against Eggenberger and Petersson. The Europeans took a late 1-up lead with a birdie at No. 16, but the Americans scored a halve with a birdie at the 18th green to end the match all square.
Wright will square off against Eggenberger once again on Saturday morning as singles matches are scheduled to get underway at 3 a.m. CT. They will tee off in Match No. 9 of the day and No. 19 of the tournament from the front nine beginning at 4:36 a.m. CT.
Morning Foursome Results, June 24
David Boote/Sam Horsfield, Europe halved Alistair Docherty/Will Gordon, USA
Adrian Meronk/Matthias Schwab, Europe def. Doug Ghim/Will Zalatoris, USA, 1-up
Antoine Rozner/Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Europe def. Rico Hoey/Nahum Mendoza III, USA, 3-and-2
Stuart Grehan/Lars van Meijel, Europe def. Derek Bard/Michael Johnson, USA, 2-and-1
Mathias Eggenberger/Robin Petersson, Europe halved Charlie Danielson/Zach Wright, USA
Afternoon Four-Ball Results, June 24
David Boote/Adrian Meronk, Europe def. Derek Bard/Michael Johnson, USA, 4-and-2
Doug Ghim/Will Zalatoris, USA def. Sam Horsfield/Matthias Schwab, Europe, 2-and-1
Antoine Rozner/Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Europe def. Alistair Docherty/Will Gordon, USA, 1-up
Rico Hoey/Nahum Mendoza III, USA def. Mathias Eggenberger/Robin Petersson, Europe, 1-up
Charlie Danielson/Zach Wright, USA def. Stuart Grehan/Lars van Meijel, Europe, 4-and-2
Saturday Singles Pairings
Note: Times Central and subject to change.
Match 11: 3 a.m.
Antoine Rozner, Europe vs. Will Gordon, USA
Match 12: 3:12 a.m.
Adrian Meronk, Europe vs. Alistair Docherty, USA
Match 13: 3:24 a.m.
Sam Horsfield, Europe vs. Will Zalatoris, USA
Match 14: 3:36 a.m.
Matthias Schwab, Europe vs. Nahum Mendoza III, USA
Match 15: 3:48 a.m.
David Boote, Europe vs. Michael Johnson, USA
Match 16: 4 a.m.
Lars van Meijel, Europe vs. Rico Hoey, USA
Match 17: 4:12 a.m.
Robin Sciot-Siegreist, Europe vs. Derek Bard, USA
Match 18: 4:24 a.m.
Robin Petersson, Europe vs. Doug Ghim, USA
Match 19: 4:36 a.m.
Mathias Eggenberger, Europe vs. Zach Wright, USA
Match 20: 4:48 a.m.
Stuart Grehan, Europe vs. Charlie Danielson, USA