Thornberry Joins Team USA for Arnold Palmer Cup

Braden Thornberry takes to the links across the pond. Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Ole Miss golfer Braden Thornberry will represent the stars and stripes again as he competes 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 in March. 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.

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.

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