Christie Kerr and Nancy Lopez
From Golf World by Keely Levins
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Europeans won the morning, winning two matches, halving one and losing one. It was a bit of a surprise, as the Americans came into the event as the favorites. But no matter how strong a group of individuals is in stroke play, there’s no way to predict how they will fare in the difficult team match play formats of the Solheim Cup. Friday morning was foursomes, also known as alternate shot. In the afternoon, it was four-ball. And four-ball suited the Americans much better.
No European team led a match at any time in the afternoon.
The first match to finish was Lizette Salas and Angel Yin, who defeated Carlota Ciganda and Emily Pedersen, 6 and 5, to become the second four-ball team to win by that wide a margin in Solheim Cup history. Salas was dominant, making five birdies on the front nine. Her weekend is off to an impressive start; in the morning, Salas was part of the only alternate-shot match to win a point for the Americans.
Danielle Kang continued to revel in her first Solheim Cup experience, partnering with Michelle Wie to defeat Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Madelene Sagstrom, 2 and 1.
The two Brittanys, Lang and Lincicome, had eight birdies and an eagle between them to beat Caroline Masson and Florentyna Parker, 3 and 2.
The final match of the day, meanwhile, was the tightest.
Gerina Piller and Stacy Lewis, who lost their morning match, were 1 up through 16 holes against Charley Hull and impressive rookie Georgia Hall. Both Piller and Lewis put it close on the par-3 17th. Hull’s birdie putt almost fell, but she and her partner had to settle for pars. Lewis was able to make her birdie putt to win, 2 and 1.
For the first time in the history of the Solheim Cup, Team USA swept a session.
Next watch Lexi Thompson hit her 3 wood to drive the green on 306 yard par 4 Hole 1. This set up Christie Kerr to eagle their first hole of day one