Europe takes early 1-point lead vs United States at Solheim Cup

Europe takes early 1-point lead vs United States at Solheim Cup

Europe takes early 1-point lead vs United States at Solheim Cup

Annika Sorenstam's players lead 2½-1½ thanks to a strong finish from their final two pairings, Anna Nordqvist and Georgina Hall, and Karine Icher and Catriona Matthew.

The pair of Salas and Yin were eight-under par through the 13 holes they played, leaving their European counterparts six shots behind on two-under par.

The Americans' only win of the first day morning session came when Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas beat Carlota Ciganda of Spain and Caroline Masson of Germany 1 up. "But the door opened on the 13th and 14th, and we took it".

Mel Reid and Charley Hull against Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson started with a bang, but saw some of the poorest golf of a warm and sunny morning.

After Thompson hit her drive on the par-four first hole to six feet and Kerr rolled in the eagle putt, it looked grim for Europe against the top USA team, but Reid and Hull battled back to lead 2-up with two to play.

Hull and Reid again got into trouble at 11 and lost the hole to a five, but they won the next two holes with pars and remained two up with four to play when more scrappy play at a par-five enabled the home duo to halve the deficit.

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A further birdie on 16 gave the European duo the lead for the first time, and Matthew's brilliant sand save on the short 17th preserved their narrow lead. Kang made a putt for par on 18 to halve the hole and win the match. Piller had a chance to halve the match on the 18th hole but missed a par putt.

But Nordqvist, the highest-ranked player in Sorenstam's team, ensured at least half a point with another classy putt for birdie at the 16th, and the Americans conceded when in trouble at the penultimate hole.

But US captain Inkster is among those hoping the controversy of two years ago will be forgotten.

"I am so sorry for not thinking about the bigger picture in the heat of the battle and competition", said Pettersen, the current world number 23 who will be playing in her ninth Solheim Cup this weekend.

The English star had her wrist wrist strapped up midway through Friday's fourballs as she and Hall slipped to a 2&1 loss against Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller, and European captain Annika Sorenstam has wisely made a decision to omit Hull from her foursomes line-up for day two.

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