The Palmer Cup is a tournament of top American college golfers against college golfers from Europe. Mullinax, who just completed his senior year at Alabama, and Shelton, who just completed his freshman season for the Crimson Tide, were instrumental in Bama's NCAA championship earlier this spring. The two have accounted for three wins and only one loss, and both won their singles matches Friday. USA had trailed by a point going into Friday play.
Mullinax won the opening match of the day, downing Thomas Detry, 3 and 1, to pull the United States even in the team standings. The American won the second but dropped the fourth to keep the match all square. He would win three straight beginning at No. 5 but Detry responded by claiming the next two. Mullinax would push the lead back to 2-up at No. 10. A Detry birdie at No. 12 cut the lead to 1-up. A birdie by Mullinax at No. 15 pushed the lead to 2-up and he closed the match with a par at No. 17.
Shelton gave the United States a two-point lead by winning the third match of the morning Friday. He defeated Jon Rahm, 1-up. Rahm claimed the first hole with birdie and led most of the match. His lead moved to 2-up thru No. 4 before Shelton evened the match with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7 and 8. Rahm would reassert control taking the 12th and 13th. Shelton closed the match by winning the final three holes.
Final round singles matches tee off at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Mullinax is paired against Grant Forrest, while Shelton will play against Paul Dunne.