NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland – Sebastian Cappelen
of the University of Arkansas men’s golf team halved his first singles match at the 2012 Palmer Cup on the second day of competition, helping the Europeans make a comeback in the Ryder Cup-style tournament at The Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.
Cappelen was forced to play from behind for most of the day after his opponent; Justin Thomas (Alabama) birdied the par five first hole. Cappelen was down two after two holes as Thomas sank a second birdie, but Thomas then conceded two straight holes to make the match all square after four. Thomas would take three other leads in the match on holes No. 7, No. 9 and No. 12, but each Thomas lead was met with a Cappelen counter as he made pars on No. 8 and No. 10 and a birdie on No. 13.
The Razorback took his first lead of the match on the 15th hole when his par putt went down on the par four hole. He would maintain his advantage for the next three holes before Thomas halved the match on No. 18 with a birdie putt.
The halve for Cappelen is his second in three rounds of the tournament bringing his 2012 record to 0-1-2 and his two-year record at Palmer Cup competitions to 3-2-2. The halve keeps the Dane undefeated in singles matches at Palmer Cup events, 2-0-1.
The Europeans played better on day two of the event, going 3-2-3 and closing the gap with the United States who still lead the event 10-6. With eight matches left to play, the United States needs just 2.5 points to win an unprecedented third straight Palmer Cup. The United States leads the all-time Palmer Cup series, 8-6-1.
Cappelen will play Chris Williams (Washington) in one of the final eight singles matches on day three.