June 28, 2012
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND – Former Clemson golfer Corbin Mills helped the United States score 1.5 points on the first day of the Palmer Cup. The event is being played in Ireland at the famed Royal County Down Course. The US has a 6.5-1.5 lead after the first day. Play continues Saturday and Sunday with singles matches.
The day started with Four Ball matches. Mills teamed with Derek Ernst from UNLV to halve Sebastian Cappelman and Julian Brun. Mills and Ernst got to know each other last summer when Mills defeated Ernst in 37 holes to win the US Public Links Championship.
The team from Europe took control of the match by winning the first hole. But, Mills made a par on the 13th hole to halve the match. Ernst then put the USA 1-up with a birdie on 15. But the Europeans evened the match with a par on 17. Both sides made par on the final hole.
In the afternoon Foursomes matches, Mills teamed with Chris Williams of the University of Washington to defeat Graeme Robertson and Pontus Widgren, 5 and 4. The US team was dominant throughout, winning the first and fourth holes and eventually holding a four-hole lead after the front nine. The US closed out the match with a par on the 14th hole.
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