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Europe takes early lead

Wie, Kerr earn fourball victory

August 17, 2013
By DOUG FERGUSON , The Associated Press

PARKER, Colo. - Europe took an important step Friday toward winning the Solheim Cup on American soil.

Carlota Ciganda salvaged an unlikely par from a hazard on the par-5 15th hole and Suzann Pettersen won the next hole with a birdie, sending the duo from 2 down at the turn to a 1-up victory over the U.S. pairing of Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson in a fourball match that helped stake the Europeans to a 5-3 lead.

Michelle Wie of Honolulu played in one match, teaming with Cristie Kerr for a 2-and-1 win over Catriona Matthew and 17-year-old Char-ley Hull in fourball.

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Michelle Wie celebrates after she and U.S. teammate Cristie Kerr beat Europe’s Charley Hull and Catriona Matthew in a Solheim Cup fourball match Friday.
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A long day at Colorado Golf Club ended with Lewis getting into a heated discussion with an official over the use of a laser by the official to determine a drop point for Ciganda. Lewis was also upset with the length of time needed for the ruling.

"Part of the problem we had with it was the rules official lasered the flag and made it public information. So he gave them a number," Lewis said.

As it turned out, that wasn't the problem. Ciganda was allowed to drop some 40 yards behind, which is not permitted under golf rules. She hit her fourth shot just off the green, and holed a 15-foot putt.

Fact Box

Solheim Cup

Friday's Results

At Parker, Colo.

EUROPE 5, UNITED STATES 3

Foursomes

Europe 3, United States 1

Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall, Europe, def. Stacy Lewis and Lizette Salas, United States, 4 and 2.

Suzann Pettersen and Beatriz Recari, Europe, def. Brittany Lang and Angela Stanford, United States, 2 and 1.

Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda, United States, def. Catriona Matthew and Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Europe, 3 and 2.

Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher, Europe, def. Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer, United States, 2 and 1.

Fourball

Europe 2, United States 2

Suzann Pettersen and Carlota Ciganda, Europe, def. Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson, United States, 1 up.

Caroline Hedwall and Caroline Masson, Europe, def. Angela Stanford and Gerina Piller, United States, 2 and 1.

Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang, United States, def. Anna Nordqvist and Giulia Sergas, Europe, 4 and 3.

Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie, United States, def. Catriona Matthew and Charley Hull, Europe, 2 and 1.

Golf on TV

Today

3:30 a.m.-Solheim Cup, GOLF

9:30 a.m.-PGA Wyndham Championship, CBS

10 a.m.-U.S. Amateur semifinals, NBC

3 p.m.-Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open, GOLF

Sunday

7 a.m.-PGA Wyndham Championship, GOLF

8:30 a.m.-Solheim Cup, GOLF

9 a.m.-PGA Wyndham Championship, CBS

10 a.m.-U.S. Amateur final, NBC

3 p.m.-Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open, GOLF

LPGA Tour rules official Brad Alexander, called in for a second opinion, incorrectly allowed Ciganda to hit from her drop spot.

"The explanation was about as bad as the ruling, I thought," Lewis said. "I don't think it was correct. It took way too long. It killed the momentum of our match. It killed the momentum of the matches behind us, and it's just not what you want the rules officials to ever do."

Pettersen made a seven-foot birdie putt on the 16th - after Thompson three-putted for par - to give Europe the lead.

"This competition brings out the best," Pettersen was quoted as saying on the Solheim Cup website. "I'm so proud of the youngsters. Carlota was a superstar and I'm so pleased that she has got her first Solheim point."

 
 
 

 

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