KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former standout UMKC men’s golfer continued his hot play this summer as the Paris, France native helped Team Europe to an 18.5-11.5 victory over Team USA in the Arnold Palmer Cup at Formby Golf Club in Formby, England.
Rozner led Team Europe in the event as one of only two players on either squad to finish a perfect 4-0 along with countrymen Robin Sciot-Siegrist.
On the opening day, Rozner and Sciot-Siegrist teamed to down Rico Hoey and Nahum Mendoza III, 3 and 2. Team USA got off to a hot start, winning three of the first four holes. Europe responded by claiming three straight to move to all square thru No. 7. The Americans retook the lead with birdie at No. 10. Europe took the lead for good with another three-hole winning streak beginning at No. 12.
Later in the day, Rozner and Sciot-Siegrist moved Europe to six points for the day after a come-from-behind, 1-up victory over Alistair Docherty and Will Gordon. Neither side gained more than a 1-up advantage, with Team USA holding the lead thru 15. Rozner pushed Europe into the lead with birdie at No. 16 and eagle at the 17th. Both Americans hit within three feet on No. 18 but Robin Sciot-Siegrist’s birdie halved the hole.
On day two, Europe put the first number on the board Saturday when Rozner downed Gordon, 5 and 4. Gordon claimed the first hole but two straight wins by Rozner at the sixth and seventh put him in the lead for good. Rozner would go on to take Nos. 10, 11, 13 and 14 to push the match to its final margin.
Rozner then closed out the event when he put Europe first on the board when he won his fourth match of the competition with a 1-up victory over Nahum Mendoza III. The match was a tight affair, with neither player holding greater than a one-hole advantage and nine holes standing at all square. Rozner took the lead for good at No. 16.
In The Amateur Championship, meanwhile, Rozner held a first round lead after a course record 7-under par 64 and closed out stroke play with a 76 in round two that placed him in a tie for third heading into match play.
In match play, Rozner received a bye as the No. 3 seed, but slipped in the second round 4&3 to Switzerland’s Jeremy Freiburghaus.