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Europe builds daunting lead

Wie splits two matches; U.S. will need record comeback

August 18, 2013
By DOUG FERGUSON , The Associated Press

PARKER, Colo. - Karine Icher put an emphatic end to a stunning shutout that left Europe on the verge of its first Solheim Cup win in America.

Icher rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt from just off the back of Colorado Golf Club's 18th green Saturday as she and Beatriz Recari hung on for a 1-up win over Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel, giving Europe its first sweep of a Solheim Cup session in 11 years.

By winning all the fourball matches in the afternoon, Europe built an overall lead of 10 1/2-5 1/2, matching the largest gap in Solheim Cup history. Europe only needs to win three of today's 12 singles matches and halve another to capture the cup away from home for the first time since the event began in 1990, and retain the cup for first time.

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Michelle Wie watches a shot from the fairway on the eighth hole during a 2-and-1 win for her and U.S. teammate Brittany Lang over Europe’s Suzann Pettersen and Beatriz Recari on Saturday in a Solheim Cup foursomes match.

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Anna Nordqvist closed out a morning foursomes match with a hole-in-one on the 17th.

"It was just an unbelievable shot," Nordqvist said after she and Caroline Hedwall defeated Pressel and Jessica Korda 2 and 1. "It was the right shot at the right time."

Michelle Wie of Honolulu went 1-1 in her matches. She teamed with Brittany Lang to defeat Recari and Suzann Pettersen 2 and 1 in foursomes before Hedwall and Caroline Masson beat Wie and Korda 2 and 1 in fourball.

Fact Box

Solheim Cup

Saturday's Results

At Parker, Colo.

EUROPE 101?2, UNITED STATES 51?2

Foursomes

United States 21?2, Europe 11?2

Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall, Europe, def. Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda, United States, 2 and 1.

Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer, United States, def. Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher, Europe, 1 up.

Catriona Matthew and Caroline Masson, Europe, halved with Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas, United States.

Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang, United States, def. Suzann Pettersen and Beatriz Recari, Europe, 2 and 1.

Fourball

Europe 4, United States 0

Jodi Ewart-Shadoff and Charley Hull, Europe, def. Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson, United States, 2 up.

Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda, Europe, def. Gerina Piller and Angela Stanford, United States, 1 up.

Caroline Hedwall and Caroline Masson, Europe, def. Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda, United States, 2 and 1.

Beatriz Recari and Karine Icher, Europe, def. Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel, United States, 1 up.

Wie and Lang were 2 down at the turn but went 1 up over the next three holes, highlighted by a 30-foot birdie putt that dropped for Lang on No. 10.

"Lang was a superstar today," said Wie, who won her lone match Friday.

No team has ever rallied from more than two points behind to win the Solheim Cup.

"Obviously, it was a very disappointing afternoon," U.S. captain Meg Mallon said. "We have our work cut out for us tomorrow. It can be done. It's daunting right now but it can be done."

 
 
 

 

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