The Palmer Cup is an annual team golf competition between American college golfers and European college/university golfers. It is named after Arnold Palmer. The teams are selected on the basis of nationality, not according to the location of the players' universities. Many of the European players attend American universities as sports scholarships have never been a feature of the university system in Europe. From 1997 to 2002 the United States played Great Britain & Ireland rather than the whole of Europe. Originally contest between eight-man teams, the rosters expanded to ten per side in 2013.
The current format consists of five four-ball matches, five foursome matches, and two sets of ten singles matches for 30 points overall.
Europe won the 2008 tournament and successfully retained the trophy in 2009 with a 13 – 11 victory, this tied the overall competition up at 6–6–1. USA won the 2010 tournament for the first time on European soil since 2002 with a 13 – 11 victory. This gave the USA a 7–6–1 overall advantage in the Palmer Cup series. The USA team won again in 2011, 13 – 11, to boost the overall record to 8–6–1. Europe won the 2012 Palmer Cup, 13½ – 10½, by winning seven of eight singles matches on the final day. The USA won in 2013 to make the overall record. Europe won in 2014, 18½ – 11½, by winning eight of ten singles matches on the final day and cut the USA's advantage to 9–8–1.
Notable former participants include: Jonathan Byrd (2), Patrick Cantlay, Bud Cauley, Luke Donald (2), Derek Ernst, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover (2), Bill Haas (2), J. J. Henry, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar (2), Spencer Levin, Jamie Lovemark, Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell (2), Bryce Molder (3), Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore (2), Jeff Overton, Jeff Quinney, Rory Sabbatini, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Chris Stroud, D. J. Trahan, Bo Van Pelt, Nick Watney, and Oliver Wilson (3)
- Ryder Cup
- Walker Cup
- NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships
- NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships
- NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships