Rosie Jones

Jones has no regrets over management of Kerr injury

Cristie Kerr could not compete on Sunday because of injury. Europe was awarded the point. Picture by Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.ieUnited States captain Rosie Jones said she had no regrets about playing Cristie Kerr in the first four sessions after the US player was forced to withdraw injured from Sunday’s Solheim Cup singles.

Europe's late surge wins Solheim Cup

Europe celebrates its Solheim Cup victory. Jenny Matthews www.golffile.ieSuper rookies Caroline Hedwall and Azahara Muñoz built on a brilliant comeback by Suzann Pettersen to snatch the Solheim Cup for Europe.

US with momentum for Solheim Cup singles

Ryann O’Toole celebrates. Photo by Jenny Matthews www.golffile.ieThe United States staged a dramatic rally to win the afternoon fourball session 3-1 and tie 8-8 with Europe ahead of Sunday’s singles series in the Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle.

Europe won the morning foursomes 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 to extend its lead to 7-5 over the Americans in the biennial match play competition.

Veteran Laura Davies then became the all-time Solheim Cup points record points scorer when she teamed up with Melissa Reid to beat Americans Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie 4 and 3 and put Europe 8-5 in front.

But the Americans stormed back to win the last three matches and leave the sides tied going into the 12 singles for the second match in succession and the third time in the event’s history.  

Europe one up in Solheim Cup strategy

European Captain Alison Nicholas and USA Captain Rosie Jones at the Opening Ceremony for the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle. Photo Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.ieEuropean skipper Ali Nicholas scored a home run over US rival Rosie Jones before a ball was struck in the Solheim Cup.

Jones confessed that the canny home captain had out-foxed her by not putting world No 2 Suzann Pettersen out first in this morning’s opening foursomes at Killeen Castle.

After seeing the Norwegian superstar reserved for the anchor match, Jones confessed: “I was kind of going on what you have done before.  That didn’t work out, but it’s okay.  You got me there.  Strike one.”