Solheim Cup 2017: Europe lead United States after foursomes


In those matches at St. Leon-Rot, the USA - infuriated by Suzann Pettersen's claim that Europe hadn't conceded a short putt to Alison Lee in the completion of the rain-delayed fourballs - overcame a 10-6 deficit entering the singles to win 14 1/2-13 1/2.

The United States completed a sweep of the afternoon fourball matches to move into a dominant position over Europe in the Solheim Cup after the opening day's play in Des Moines.

"We don't want to give away our secrets, do we?" replied Matthew, smiling, to being asked about a partnership that had given Annika Sorenstam's side the lead after the opening batch of matches then, after sitting out that clean sweep by the home side in the second session, triumphed again in the anchor match in the second-day fourballs to see them shared 2-2.

"This is the history we really don't want". The Americans trailed 10-6 heading into Sunday's singles matches in 2015 and overcame the largest deficit in the event's history, winning 8 1/2 points in the final session, capturing the title with a score of 14 1/2-13 1/2, the closest score in the history of the Cup.

For now Juli Inkster's team are a mere three and a half points short of the tally needed to confirm cup retention.

"We wanted everybody to get a chance to play today".

When the team is announced, the captains of both the American and European teams choose an alternate and put her name into an envelope.

Anna Nordqvist and Jodi Ewart Shadoff put some blue on the board with a fine 4&2 win over Lizette Salas and Angel Yin but the United States won the afternoon session 3-1.

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Team Europe also garnered another full point when Catriona Matthew of Scotland and Karine Icher of Germany beat Team USA's Lewis and Piller, 1 up.

Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist remain unbeaten as a foursomes pair, as they defeated Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller 2&1.

Catriona Matthew's hitherto ideal record here - she had won two matches out of two - was ended when in partnership with Georgia Hall against Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson, by 3&2. "And hopefully, this year around everyone can play as good as we can and showcase the best women's golf".

Team USA won two years ago. "We're just going to forget about this day".

The logic behind that decision will be one of many questions Sorenstam has to answer if - as looks inevitable - Europe finds itself on the wrong end of a defeat this week. The duo was one of two American teams to win Saturday morning.

"She has certainly played like a superstar the last two days", said Nordqvist. She drove the green and moments later Kerr sank and eagle putt.

"She just told me to calm down", Yin said. "Go out there and grab as many as we can".