United States maintain three-point Solheim Cup lead
- Author: Julie Sanders Aug 21, 2017,
Aug 21, 2017, 21:11
It marked the first sweep of a Solheim Cup session by a USA team and its 5-1/2 to 2-1/2 advantage represented their biggest lead after an opening day since the 1998 edition at Muirfield Village. The biennial event concludes Sunday with 12 singles matches. "You know what, this team just bonded". It's not easy coming out here on a Sunday with the team so far behind. The current record is that set by the Americans two years ago in Germany, when they came from four points down on the final day. Anxious that early momentum could inspire a similar comeback for the Europeans this year, Inkster immediately set about quashing it. "Those afternoon matches were just awesome". Given that Nordqvist had been sick, Solheim stalwart Suzann Pettersen was forced out of playing because of a back problem and Charley Hull couldn't play on Saturday because of a bad right wrist, Sorenstam had unexpected issues that compounded a lack of veterans and highly ranked golfers.
"We want the history Sunday night". And Europe has a strong team. We're just going to forget about this day. "We've got a lot of work (ahead)". But it's not over yet.
Birdies by Reid on Nos.
The turning point came at the 10 hole where Reid putted her ball off the green and Kerr regained her 2up advantage through 11 holes and closed out Reid 2&1.
Kerr and Thompson got the U.S. off to a winning start on Saturday, winning their rubber 5&3 as the European pairing of Shadoff and Carolina Masson won just one hole.
A special hat tip: to Anna Nordqvist, who played brilliantly under the most hard physical circumstances; to Paula Creamer, who was passed over and then, when summoned, answered the call with grace and a willingness to give her very best; to Catriona Matthew, who stepped in at the 11th hour to fill a gap in the European roster when she'd charted another path.
"I mean, it's great", said Thompson of the split point. We have very similar games. And we were going to go play great golf.
NOTES: American captain Juli Inkster became just the second captain of Team USA to win back-to-back Solheim Cups, joining Judy Rankin.
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Both of Team USA's wins were decisive and by the same 5-and-3 score in the foursomes (alternate shot) competition.
Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr and Paul Creamer as part of Team USA are facing Anna Nordqvist, Carlota Ciganda, Caroline Masson and the rest of Team Europe. Cristie Kerr then won her match, with Paula Creamer doing the same to increase the American led to 13-6.
The Europeans came back with a 2-and-1 victory by Nordqvist and Hall over Team USA's Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller.
But the Americans stumbled, and they appeared to be finished after Hull's long birdie chip on No. 16. "I've never seen anything like it. Ideally, we wanted blue on the board early on but I got there in the end".
If Ghim wins, he'll complete an amateur sweep for the Longhorns after Sophia Schubert won the U.S. Women's Amateur in San Diego last week. We knew what we were going to do. "It helped me out a lot", the world No2 said.
"I'm still the only one that's done that. But it is time to move on".
But the pendulum swung sharply in the United States' favour in the afternoon as they took a 5 1/2-2 1/2 lead.
United States captain Juli Inkster, a Harbor High alum, cheers with fans before the start of foursomes match play against Europe at the Solheim Cup on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in West Des Moines, Iowa. "I struggled with my first few holes".
The US have now won five of the last seven editions and 10 of 15 since the Solheim Cup started in 1990.
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