Thomas Gets Half In Palmer Cup Play

NEWCASTLE, County Down, England – Alabama sophomore-to-be Justin Thomas halved his match with Europe's Sebastian Cappelen on Friday in the third round of Palmer Cup play at The Royal County Down Golf Club.

Thomas, who helped Alabama to the Southeastern Conference championship and was SEC Player of the Year, has now earned 2.5 points for the Americans, who hold a 10-6 lead heading into Saturday's final round of singles matches. The USA team won two matches on Friday and halved three others. The United States will need two points on Saturday to retain the Palmer Cup.

Thomas earned a half on Friday with a birdie on the 18th hole. Cappelen, of Denmark, had taken his first lead of the day after winning the 15th hole. The 16th and 17th holes were then halved to give Cappelen a 1-up lead heading to the 18th.

Thomas opened the match with back-to-back birdies to take an early lead. However, Thomas would concede the next two holes to fall back to even. Thomas had a 1-up lead after the seventh, ninth and 12th holes but each time Cappelen responded by taking the next hole.

Thomas will take on Europe's Daan Huizing in the second singles match of the day, which gets underway at 10 a.m. local time.

Round Three Singles Matches Pairings

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

Round Four Singles Matches Pairings, Saturday

Sebastian Cappelen, Europe vs. Chris Williams, USA

Daan Huizing, Europe vs. Justin Thomas, USA

Robert Karlsson, Europe vs. Patrick Rodgers, USA

Thomas Pieters, Europe vs. Corbin Mills, USA

David Booth, Europe vs. James White, USA

Graeme Roberts, Europe vs. Derek Ernst, USA

Julien Brun, Europe vs. Blayne Barber, USA

Pontus Widegren, Europe vs. Andrew Yun, USA

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