Europe draw first blood at Solheim Cup

Ross Houston
August 19, 2017

The pair of Salas and Yin were eight-under par through the 13 holes they played, leaving their European counterparts six shots behind on two-under par.

Lexi Thompson got things started off right for Team USA with a huge opening tee ball.

Action is due to continue tomorrow with another set of four foursome matches in the morning and four fourball contests in the afternoon.

Kerr and Thompson then showed their grit, as a par on 17 and an impressive birdie on 18 enabled them to level the opening foursomes match.

The opening match, featuring Charley Hull and Mel Reid tackling Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr, inevitably drew the most fans.

In the anchor match, the experience of Matthew helped Europe to a slender lead going into the four fourball matches later on Friday.

And despite the Americans pulling one back on the par-five 15th, the match appeared all but over when Hull chipped in from the front of the 16green.

Europe won the 17th hole to give themselves a chance of halving at the last, but the Americans hung on for the win.

Sweden's Nordqvist was the standout player for Europe, paired with 21-year-old debutant Hall, as they dispatched Creamer and Ernst in style.

Match 3 was arguably the pick of the session in terms of quality, with the third and the fifth both being halved in birdies before Europe went two-up with another birdie at the sixth, although the home pair won their first hole at the next thanks to a well-judged 15-foot putt from Creamer.

Star U.S. golfer Lexi Thompson has a virus, and captain Juli Inkster is anxious about her status for this weekend's Solheim Cup.

But Nordqvist, the highest-ranked player in Sorenstam's team, ensured at least half a point with another classy putt for birdie at the 16th, and the Americans conceded when in trouble at the penultimate hole.

A day that could've put the Americans in an early hole turned out overwhelmingly in their favor.

Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller had earlier taken control of a tight match with a birdie apiece at six and seven after the first five holes were halved, but Hall gained the first win for Europe with a morale-boosting two at the short eighth.

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