Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Solheim Cup: Redemption for Paula Creamer

Solheim Cup: Redemption for Paula Creamer

But Sorenstam, the Hall of Fame player who served as a vice captain in the three previous Solheim Cups, is confident the underdog Europeans can hang with the USA when play begins Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. She sat them Friday afternoon, and then put them in the alternate-shot line up again Saturday morning.

Annika Sorenstam: "I just want to congratulate the USA on playing some unbelievable golf. We want the cup", she told Golf Channel. The 39-year-old posted her 19th career point on Saturday at the Solheim Cup, surpassing captain Juli Inkster's record of 18.5. "We've got a lot of work". I know [European skipper] Annika [Sorenstam] is going to fire that team up and we just need to come out and keep doing what we're doing.

The pairings of Brittany Lang/Brittany Lincicome, Creamer/Ernst and Kerr/Thompson claiming wins for United States of America, leaving Europe with work to do despite the 4 and 2 victory by Nordqvist and Ewart Shadoff over Lizette Salas and Angel Yin.

Catriona Matthew, a late addition to the team, had helped Europe get off to a strong start in the morning as they led 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 after the foursomes.

Charley Hull provided Europe with another injury scare as she and young rookie Georgia Hall were unable to stifle the American charge in the final match of the opening day. You get a little fired up when you see an afternoon like this.

This gave Europe their narrow but important lead and somewhat made up for the lost half point in the opening contest where Hull and Reid halved after being two up with two to play.

Other disappointed U.S. players also bounced back.

The two American Brittanys - Lincicome and Lang - took their match in a convincing 3 and 2 win over Florentyna Parker and Masson.

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Americans Lizette Salas and Angel Yin won in 6-and-5, and rookie Danielle Kang and Michelle Wie of the USA beat Europe 3-and-1.

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However, the momentum that Kang and Wie picked up from their four-ball win yesterday ultimately ran out, despite going 1up through three holes. "And I want everybody to try to play at least three matches". Thompson illustrated that during Friday's play when she plonked her tee-shot to within nine-feet of the flag and her playing partner, Kerr, trundled in the putt for a spectacular eagle two.

Salas and Yin, 18, set the tone for the afternoon.

She had a similar reaction to passing Inkster on the all-time points list: "I don't really care about that".

However, rather than capitalise on that momentum, the Swede made a decision to split up both of her winning pairings, Matthew and Icher, and Nordqvist and Hall.

That the U.S. took the next session by 3-1 means they lead 10½ to 5½ with individual battles to come.

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