Thornberry Joins Team USA for Arnold Palmer Cup
July 5, 2018


– Ole Miss golfer Braden Thornberry, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, is ready to represent the stars and stripes once again, competing for Team USA at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup this weekend in Paris, France. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played July 6-8 at Evian Resort Golf Club against the International squad.

"It is an amazing opportunity to represent your country," said Thornberry. "I was lucky enough to play in the Walker Cup in the U.S., and I'm looking forward to competing on foreign soil with the American squad!"

Entering the event ranked No. 1 in the world by the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Thornberry is one of 24 golfers (12 males, 12 females) that will compete for the United States after being selected by the tournament committee. The 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup will be the first using the expanded format of United States men's and women's collegiate golfers versus their counterparts from around the world.

The event begins Friday morning with 12 four-ball (best ball) matches. On Saturday, the two teams will play 12 foursomes (alternate shot) matches in the morning before turning around for 12 four-ball matches in the afternoon. All 24 American golfers will compete in singles match play on Sunday versus their International counterparts, a big day that will most likely determine who will win the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup.

USA captured last year’s Arnold Palmer Cup, protecting its home turf with a 19.5-11.5 victory at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The last time the event was played across the pond, in 2016, Europe claimed the cup. This year’s match is the first time featuring International golfers outside the European continent.

Thornberry is the second Rebel to play in the Arnold Palmer Cup, joining current PGA Tour professional Jonathan Randolph. In 2010, Randolph helped the United States defeat Europe 13-11 in Portrush, Northern Ireland, the last time the victors won the cup on opposing soil.

This is not the first time Thornberry has represented his country on the golf course. Last August, Thornberry traveled to California and helped Team USA capture the 2017 Walker Cup at the Los Angeles Country Club. The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native went 2-0 in singles competition, including a victory over 2017 British Amateur champion Harry Ellis, as the United States defeated the team of Great Britain and Ireland 19-7.

Thornberry is coming off a big junior season in which he earned the following accolades: Ben Hogan Award finalist (first in school history), Fred Haskins Award finalist, Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist, second team PING All-America, first team All-SEC and PING Southeast All-Region. The Rebel collected four victories, increasing his career total to a school-record 11, while ending the 2017-18 collegiate season ranked top 20 nationally in the following categories: versus par (9th at -1.49), par 3 scoring (9th-3.01), birdies (12th-155) and scoring average (15th-70.28).

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