Europe draw first blood at Solheim Cup

Posted August 20, 2017

In the anchor match, the experience of Matthew helped Europe to a slender lead going into the four fourball matches later on Friday.

"We want the history Sunday night".

But Hull's willingness to play through the pain looks certain to be fruitless as her team need to pull off the biggest comeback in history to reclaim the trophy on Sunday. A couple of years ago, Juli Inkster, the captain of the United States of America, dished out lunch boxes to her players as a symbolic gesture which illustrated the kind of blue-collar, workmanlike ethic she wanted to instil in her troops.

"And then we played a ideal hole on 18 to get the halve and it was very necessary".

"We played wonderful this afternoon", she acknowledged, "but Annika will have the Europeans fired up, so we need to keep doing what we are doing".

Anna Nordqvist & Jodi Ewart Shadoff vs Lizette Salas & Angel Yin - 12.25 p.m.

In the other fourball matches, Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang beat Masson and Florentyna Parker 3 and 2, and Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller edged Charley Hull and Georgia Hall 2 and 1.

Earlier, Hull and Melissa Reid were forced to halve the opening match against Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson after the American pair picked up birdies on the final two holes.

Creamer and her partner, rookie and captain's pick Austin Ernst, lost 3&1 to Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall. Despite a Saturday afternoon loss, Hall earned the glowing praise of Nordqvist during successive foursome victories.

Coming into the week, Kerr was tied with Inkster for most matches played by an American, but Kerr now leads that stat, too.

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"We are two of the older ones, we have similar personalities and I think it just works", said Matthew as she offered up a simple explanation for the effectiveness of a duo who combined to edge out the American double act of Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang by a 2&1 margin.

Salas produced a stunning front nine as she made five birdies, including three in the first three holes. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes.

"If they can do it, we can do it", the Swede said.

"I don't really care about that", insisted Kerr.

Salas had five birdies on her scorecard through nine holes - the Unites States never trailed in the match and was 4 up at the turn - and a Yin birdie on the 12th hole proved to be the victor for Team USA.

Emily Pedersen's Solheim Cup debut lasted only 13 holes as Salas recorded a rare 6&5 fourball drubbing in the competition with a barrage of birdies in match 2. Her partner Cristie Kerr would sink the eagle putt to take a 1-up lead in Match One.

"Juli has been on us about playing our games and working hard".

As had been the case in the morning, Kang holed just about every putt she looked at after Wie had got them off to the ideal start with a winning birdie at the first.

"She has certainly played like a superstar the last two days", said Nordqvist.