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Team USA dominates Sunday Singles to retain Arnold Palmer Cup in Ireland

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The Americans are bringing home the cup again.

Team USA and the International squad entered Sunday Singles tied at 18 with 24 matches left to decide the 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup. However, the Americans left no doubt, dominating the final day of competition to win the Palmer Cup for the second straight year and third time in the last four.

The Americans won Sunday Singles 14½-9½ to claim the Palmer Cup on Sunday at Lahinch in Ireland. Although the Internationals won the first three matches of the day, Team USA stormed back beginning with World No. 1 amateur Gordon Sargent’s 5-and-4 win over Bastien Amat.

Also earning points for Team USA in singles was Melanie Green, who last week became the first American in 28 years to win the Women’s Amateur Championship in Europe, and stalwart Rachel Kuehn, who was again a key piece for Team USA in an international competition.

The Arnold Palmer Cup trophy the 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup at Lahinch in Ireland. (Photo: GCAA)

In the final four matches out, Jackson Koivun, the consensus national player of the year, Preston Summerhays, Anna Morgan and 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up Latanna Stone each claimed victories for Team USA.

The United States extended its leads in the Palmer Cup series to 15-12-1. The Arnold Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style competition featuring men’s and women’s collegiate golfers from the United States against their International counterparts.

The Internationals led after the opening day of play before the Americans stormed back Saturday to tie the competition heading into singles.

On Sunday, Auburn rising sophomore Anna Davis made an ace on the par-3 16th hole.

“I haven’t had a hole-in-one since I was about 8 years old, so the 10-year drought is over,” Davis said right after her ace.

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