OWINGS MILLS, MD. -- Coastal Carolina men's golfer Dustin Johnson split his matches on the first day of the 11th Palmer Cup Presented by Monster at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., June 7. The event pits the top collegians from the U.S. against their counterparts from Europe. The U.S., which leads this series 5-4-1 but was drubbed 19 1/2 to 4 1/2 last year in Scotland, needs just 3 1/2 points to regain possession of the Cup.
After the morning matches, the U.S. squad trailed 3-1, but came back to win all eight singles matches in the afternoon for the first time in the event's history to take a 9-3 lead into the second and final day of the event. Johnson and partner Chris Kirk of Georgia lost their four-ball match to the European team of Jonas Blixt (Florida State) and Oscar Floren (Texas Tech), 2 and 1. However, Johnson got a measure of revenge in the afternoon singles matches, defeating Floren 4 and 2, tying for the largest margin of victory in the first eight singles matches.
Johnson and the U.S. squad returns to the course on June 8, starting with four foursome (alternate shot) matches to be followed by the last eight singles matches on the final day of the event.