CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — Arnold Palmer returned to the site of his legendary 1960 U.S. Open victory at Cherry Hills last week to attend The Palmer Cup, his namesake collegiate Ryder Cup style event.
As he spoke from a podium Tuesday, Palmer jokingly said to the young golfers; "I'm going to be on the first hole. And the first guy that pulls out a 1-iron or 2-iron or 3-wood, I'm going to run out and hand him his driver." This aggressive play is how Palmer birdied the first hole at Cherry Hills when he began his most famous charge from seven shots back to claim victory at the 1960 U.S. Open, still a record for the largest comeback victory in U.S. Open history.
"He has given more back to golf than just about anybody," USGA president Jim Vernon said Tuesday during the Palmer Cup's opening ceremonies. "There's a lot to learn from Arnold."
Due to rain delays, Tuesday's college-am fundraiser was postponed until Wednesday. But that allowed Palmer more time to share stories and to speak with players entered in the four-round competition with a U.S. vs. Europe format patterned after the Ryder Cup.
Palmer stayed to witness the fierce competition. "These guys played well and it was a joy to watch." said Palmer.
Final score was Europe 13, United States 11. The victory was the Euros second in a row and second on American soil. The win evened the all-time series, 6-6-1.
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Europe 13, United States 11
Four-Ball Matches Results
Jorge Campillo/Tim Sluiter, Europe def. Bud Cauley/Trent Leon, USA, 2-up
Henrik Norlander/Robin Wingardh, Europe def. Erik Flores/Adam Mitchell, USA, 6 and 4
Leonardo Motta/Andrea Pavan, Europe def. Mike Van Sickle/Steve Ziegler, USA, 2-up
Morgan Hoffmann/Cameron Tringale, USA def. Stephan Gross/Chris Paisley, Europe, 2-up
Europe leads 3-1
Singles Matches Pairings
Bud Cauley, USA def. Robin Wingardh, Europe, 4 and 3
Jorge Campillo, Europe def. Mike Van Sickle, USA, 1-up
Tim Sluiter, Europe halved Cameron Tringale, USA
Leonardo Motta, Europe def. Morgan Hoffmann, USA, 2-up
Stephan Gross, Europe def. Erik Flores, USA, 3 and 1
Steve Ziegler, USA def. Andrea Pavan, Europe, 2 and 1
Adam Mitchell, USA def. Chris Paisley, Europe, 4 and 2
Henrik Norlander, Europe def. Trent Leon, USA, 3 and 2
Europe leads 7.5-4.5
Foursomes Matches Results
Jorge Campillo/Tim Sluiter, Europe def. Bud Cauley/Mike Van Sickle, USA, 5 and 4
Erik Flores/Steve Ziegler, USA def. Stephan Gross/Chris Paisley, Europe, 1-up
Leonardo Motta/Andrea Pavan, Europe def. Trent Leon/Adam Mitchell, USA, 3 and 2
Morgan Hoffmann/Cameron Tringale, USA def. Henrik Norlander/Robin Wingardh, Europe, 1-up
Europe leads 9.5-6.5
Singles Matches Results
Jorge Campillo, Europe def. Bud Cauley, USA, 2 and 1
Stephan Gross, Europe def. Steve Ziegler, USA, 5 and 4
Tim Sluiter, Europe def. Morgan Hoffmann, USA, 1-up
Cameron Tringale, USA def. Chris Paisley, Europe, 1-up
Mike Van Sickle, USA def. Leonardo Motta, Europe, 8 and 7
Andrea Pavan, Europe halved Erik Flores, USA
Trent Leon, USA def. Robin Wingardh, Europe, 2 and 1
Adam Mitchell, USA def. Henrik Norlander, Europe, 3 and 2
Europe leads 13-11