Snedeker Posts 2-0 Mark at Palmer Cup 7/11/03

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker was the only American to record a 2-0 mark Thursday as the European squad took a 7-5 advantage after the first day at the 2003 Palmer Cup. The prestigious match-play competition between the United States and their counterparts from across the Atlantic is being played at the Cassique at The Kiawah Island Club.

In the morning four-ball competition, Snedeker and North Carolina's Dustin Bray downed Gonzolo Fdez.-Castaño and David Inglis, 2 and 1, to give Team USA one point. Bray tallied eight birdies in the round.

Bill Haas and Chris Nallen of the United States won their match, 4 and 3. The U.S. team took a 1-up lead on hole five that it never relinquished. Nallen birdied Nos. 14 and 15 to clinch the match.

Team Europe won its first point when David Price and David Skinns overcame a four-hole deficit to defeat Adam Rubinson and Peter Tomasulo. Price and Skinns never led until hole 17.

The United States rallied to win the final match of the morning session when Jason Hartwick and Ryan Moore beat Pär Nilsson and Wilhelm Schauman, 1-up.

After an hour and 15-minute delay following the opening round due to possible inclement weather, Snedeker defeated David Inglis 2 and 1 in their singles match. Snedeker was the only member of Team USA to earn a victory in the eight afternoon singles matches.

The European team came out blazing in the afternoon, winning five singles matches and halving two others. Wilhelm Schauman led the charge for Europe, winning his match 7 and 6 over Adam Rubinson and tallying six birdies through 12 holes.

Spanish Amateur Champ and Team Europe captain Gonzalo Fdez.-Castaño defeated Bill Haas, 3 and 2, while Wales National Champion David Price downed Jason Hartwick, 3 and 1. Oliver Wilson and Alejandro Cañizares also claimed victories for Europe.

Peter Tomasulo (USA) and David Skinns (EUR) halved their match, as did Ryan Moore (USA) and Pär Nilsson.

The U.S. team leads the Palmer Cup Series, 4-1-1, and has won all three matches in the United States.

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