Ebb and flow of the Solheim Cup

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Surely, you’ve heard a thousand analysts talk about the “ebb and flow” of match play. Heck, maybe a million analysts have talked about it.

Which makes sense. It’s true.

Case in point: The morning session of four-ball at the Solheim Cup. At one point it looked as if the Americans were going to take three of four points and open up a 3-point overall lead.

So, what happened? The Europeans stormed from behind in two key matches, held on in another, and earned a 2 1/2 - 1 1/2 advantage to square the competition at 6-6.

Give credit to the visitors’ clutch work at the 18th hole. In the three matches that went to the par-5 18th, the Europeans won once, halved it twice, and they’ve yet to lose the hole in six matches.

Catriona Matthew, the spirited Scot who won the Women’s British Open earlier this summer, again figured in a key 18th-hole match. Friday, Matthew made a birdie putt to steal a half-point from Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel; today she knocked her third shot to 2 feet and had a sure birdie, only her teammate, Diana Luna, stole the spotlight with a 12-foot birdie putt that left Brittany Lang and Angela Stanford deflated.

Two-up through 16 – that’s dormie, folks – the Americans lost the 17th and 18th and came away with just a half-point.

Adding more misery to the Saturday scenario, the Europeans lead in the first foursomes match of the afternoon, Juli Inkster and Paula Creamer down one hole through six against Janice Moodie and Sophie Gustafson.

Lots of golf still to come, however, because at 3:05 they are about to start the second foursomes – a mere 1 hour 5 minutes late.

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