United States inches within 1 point at Solheim Cup

2:06 PM, Aug 17, 2013   |    comments
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Parker, CO (Sports Network) - Americans Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer earned a hard-fought win, while Suzann Pettersen lost her first match as the United States inched within a point after Saturday morning's foursomes play at the Solheim Cup.

The Americans won two matches Saturday and moved within one point as the Europeans lead 6 1/2 - 5 1/2 heading into the afternoon fourballs session.

Lewis and Creamer were 4-up after 10 holes, but Karine Icher and Azahara Munoz won four straight holes from the 11th to square the match. The Europeans made a mess of the 18th and conceded the Americans par at the last to give the U.S. team a 1-up win.

In the anchor match, Pettersen and Beatriz Recari lost a 2-up lead after nine holes to Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie. Lang rolled a long eagle putt to concession range at 16 and the Europeans couldn't match to give the Americans a 1-up lead. Wie closed out the 2 & 1 win with a short par putt on 17.

The first match ended in dramatic fashion. Neither team led by more than 1-up through 16 holes. Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall were 1-up through 16 against Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda. Nordqvist aced the par-3 17th and when the Americans couldn't match, the Europeans took the match, 2 & 1.

The third match out ended last. Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas four times were 2-up, including a 2-up lead with two holes to go. The U.S. 3-putted for bogey on 17 to let Catriona Matthew and Caroline Masson within 1-down. After Salas missed a tough birdie try at 18, Matthew drained a birdie putt to halve the match.


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