ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) â€” Lexi Thompson & Cristie Kerr earned a point for the United States to trail Europe 8-5 in the Solheim Cup before the other fourball matches were suspended Saturday due to offensive light.
The American duo defeated Spanish pair Carlota Ciganda & Azahara Munoz 3 & 2 to reduce the Europeans' lead after a satisfactory morning for the home team.
"We knew where we stood going into the afternoon. It didn't really alter our mindset," Thompson said. "We knew we made a satisfactory team with the matches that we've played together. We just went out & played aggressive."
p>The U.S. held a slight advantage in the three remaining fourball matches to be resumed Sunday morning at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club.
Rookie Alison Lee & Brittany Lincicome were 1 up after 15 holes against England's Charley Hull & Norway's Suzann Pettersen, who missed a birdie to match Lee on the last hole played before darkness intervened.
Stacy Lewis rediscovered her form as she & Gerina Piller were 1 up over Germany's Caroline Masson & Sweden's Caroline Hedwall after 16 holes played.
Catriona Matthew of Scotland gave the Europeans reason to cheer when she birdied the 15th hole to leave her & Karine Icher of France 1 up against Brittany Lang & Lizette Salas with three holes to play.
"At least we have a little bit of red on the board. I haven't seen much of that the last few days," U.S. captain Juli Inkster said. "But we need to finish. We need to buckle down & obtain those last two holes."
Earlier Saturday, Hull & Pettersen recovered from 4 down to win 1 up against Paula Creamer & Morgan Pressel, as Europe took a commanding 8-4 lead from the morning's foursome matches.
Creamer & Pressel were 4 up & comfortable after the 11th hole of their foursome match, yet the European pair birdied the next & finished with four straight birdies to donate the home team all the momentum going into the afternoon's fourball matches.
"I was just buzzing," Hull said.
The 19-year-old from England swatted away an insect & almost holed an ace on the 15th, where Pettersen started the four-birdie run.
"I told Charley, let's throw darts at the pins, stay aggressive," Pettersen said. "This one was a robbery."
Home favorite Sandra Gal & Matthew then defeated Lincicome & Angela Stanford 1 up to deal the Americans another blow.
Melissa Reid of England played a huge part in the early European dominance on her 28th birthday.
Reid rejoined partner Ciganda to storm to a 4 & 3 win over Lee & Michelle Wie in their foursome match, which had moreover been suspended Friday due to offensive light.
In the other carried over fourball, Piller & Lang pulled level with German pair Gal & Caroline Masson, who had been 1 up through 15 holes, to halve another point.
Lewis & Piller provided the U.S. with its only full point from the morning thanks to a 5 & 4 victory over Swedish duo Anna Nordqvist & Hedwall.
The event will end Sunday with 12 singles matches after the suspended fourball matches are played.
Europe needs 14 points to win a third straight Solheim Cup for the first time. The U.S. needs 14Â½ to extend its series lead to 9-5.
Source: “Associated Press”