Europe leads US 8-5 at Solheim Cup in Germany

Europe leads US 8-5 at Solheim Cup in Germany

ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) — 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 14½ to extend its series lead to 9-5.

Source: “Associated Press”