Snedeker Finishes Palmer Cup With 3-1 Mark; Team Europe Wins Title 7/12/03

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker won his foursome match and his singles match Friday to finish with a 3-1 mark at the 2003 Palmer Cup, but it wasn't enough as Team Europe defeated Team USA, 14-10.

The Europeans held a 7-5 lead after the first day, but claimed six of the 12 matches Friday and halved two others for the win. The win was the first by Team Europe on American soil in the seven years of the Palmer Cup. The United States leads the all-time series 4-2-1.

After winning five singles matches and halving two others in the afternoon session Thursday, Team Europe come out blazing, winning two alternate-shot foursomes matches and halving another. Spanish teammates Alejandro Cañizares and Gonzalo Fdez.-Castaño defeated Bill Haas and Chris Nallen, 3 and 1, to claim the first match.

David Inglis and David Price picked up Europe's second foursome victory when they downed Jason Hartwick and Ryan Moore, 1-up. The United States' only victory of the morning session came when Snedeker and Dustin Bray won 2 and 1 over David Skinns and Oliver Wilson.

Europe continued its domination of the singles matches when it claimed four matches and halved another. America won the first match of the afternoon when Bray defeated Wilson, 2 and 1. Europe would respond by winning the next three with victories by Cañizares, Castaño and David Skinns.

Team Europe clinched the Palmer Cup when Nilsson won his match 3 and 2 against Ryan Moore. Nallen and Rubinson won their matches for Team USA. Hartwick and Inglis halved their matches.

This annual Ryder Cup-style competition was played at the distinguished Cassique at The Kiawah Island Club. Next year's matches will be held at Ballybunion Golf Club in County Kerry, Ireland.

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