Brun Aids European Rally in 2012 Palmer Cup
June 30, 2012
NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland—TCU’s Julien Brun posted a 2-1-1 record, including wins in his two individual matches, to help lead Team Europe to a 13.5-10.5 comeback victory over the United States in the 2012 Palmer Cup at The Royal County Down Golf Club. The Europeans claimed seven of eight final-round matches, while halving the other, to erase a four-point Saturday deficit and win the event.
An international competition between college stars from the United States and Europe, the Palmer Cup featured a format similar to the Ryder Cup pitting players on the two teams against each other in match play. The first round featured four-ball competition followed by foursome play in round two. The final two days featured individual singles matches.
The Palmer Cup is run by the Golf Coaches Association of America and named for Arnold Palmer, often recognized as America’s greatest ambassador for the game of golf. Brun became the fourth Horned Frog to be selected for the tournament and the first-ever French golfer. He joined a very talented field of U.S. and European collegiate players that included five of the top-10 rated golfers at the end of the recently completed NCAA season.
Brun was matched up against the same golfer in both of his individual matches, Auburn’s Blayne Barber, who finished the spring ranked No. 7 in the NCAA according to the Golfweek/Sagarin national rating system. Brun, rated No. 8 after claiming reserve-medalist honors at the NCAA Championship, posted a 2-and-1 victory on Friday before leading Team Europe’s Saturday rally with a dominating 6-and-5 win over Barber in the final round. He set the tone early in his final match by taking the first hole with eagle. Barber would concede the next hole and Brun won No. 4 to run his lead to 3-up. Brun moved to 4-up through eight and won both the 12th and 13th with birdie to close the match.
Brun was one of only three golfers in the competition to win both of his individual matches along with European teammates Daan Huizing and Robert Karlsson. The Horned Frogs’ rising sophomore was paired with Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen in both the four-ball and foursome matches. The pair halved its four-ball match against the U.S. team of Derek Ernst (UNLV) and Corbin Mills (Clemson) before dropping the foursome round to Patrick Rodgers (Stanford) and Justin Thomas (Alabama), 1-up.
The victory helped Team Europe close the gap in the Palmer Cup series against the United States, which dropped to 8-7-1 all-time in the competition, in addition to snapping a two-year American winning streak.
“After the first day we were very disappointed, of course, and we had a long meeting,” Team Europe coach Rickard Lindberg said. “I told them that we could still win this because there were a lot of points out there. I just wanted them to all believe that they could do it and they would have to go deep down within themselves to find something. Yesterday was good. We were pretty much in the same place we were today. We didn’t have the lucky bounces like we did today but today was unreal. I couldn’t be prouder of the guys or their performance. They really took on the situation and they really gave it a shot and came through on top. It was just unreal.”
2012 PALMER CUP
Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland (The Royal County Down Golf Club)
June 28-30, 2012
Round Four Singles Matches Results (June 30) - Europe 13.5, United States 10.5
Sebastian Cappelen, Europe def. Chris Williams, USA, 3 and 2
Daan Huizing, Europe def. Justin Thomas, USA, 4 and 3
Robert Karlsson, Europe def. Patrick Rodgers, USA, 2 and 1
Thomas Pieters, Europe halved Corbin Mills, USA
David Booth, Europe def. James White, USA, 2-up
Graeme Robertson, Europe def. Derek Ernst, USA, 2 and 1
Julien Brun, Europe def. Blayne Barber, USA, 6 and 5
Pontus Widegren, Europe def. Andrew Yun, USA, 3 and 1
Round Three Singles Matches Pairings (June 29) - United States 10, Europe 6
Chris Williams, USA def. Graeme Robertson, Europe, 3 and 2
Julien Brun, Europe def. Blayne Barber, USA, 2 and 1
Daan Huizing, Europe def. Corbin Mills, USA, 1-up
Andrew Yun, USA def. David Booth, Europe, 4 and 2
James White, USA halved Thomas Pieters, Europe
Robert Karlsson, Europe def. Derek Ernst, USA, 4 and 2
Justin Thomas, USA halved Sebastian Cappelen, Europe
Patrick Rodgers, USA halved Pontus Widegren, Europe
Foursomes Matches Pairings (June 28) - United States 6.5, Europe 1.5
Derek Ernst/Andrew Yun, USA def. Daan Huizing/Thomas Pieters, Europe, 1-up
Corbin Mills/Chris Williams, USA def. Graeme Robertson/Pontus Widegren, Europe, 5 and 4
David Booth/Robert Karlsson, Europe def. Blayne Barber/James White, USA, 2 and 1
Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA def. Julien Brun/Sebastian Cappelen, Europe, 1-up
Four-Ball Matches Results (June 28) - United States 3.5, Europe 0.5
Chris Williams/Andrew Yun, USA def. Daan Huizing/Thomas Pieters, Europe, 1-up
Derek Ernst/Corbin Mills, USA halved Julien Brun/Sebastian Cappelen, Europe
Blayne Barber/James White, USA def. David Booth/Graeme Robertson, Europe, 6 and 4
Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA def. Robert Karlsson/Pontus Widegren, Europe, 2-up