US with momentum for Solheim Cup singles
The 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 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.”