How it happened: Europe takes early Solheim lead

Fans support the U.S. team on the first tee during the morning foursomes matches at the 2013 Solheim Cup.

Fans support the U.S. team on the first tee during the morning foursomes matches at the 2013 Solheim Cup.

The Europeans have never won a Solheim Cup on U.S. soil.

But Team Europe got off to a good start Thursday in Parker, Colo., winning three of the four mornings foursome matches before ending the opening day with a 5-3 lead.

Swedes Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall got things going early for Europe with a 4-and-2 victory over Stacy Lewis and Lizette Salas. Suzann Pettersen and Beatriz Recari then knocked off Americans Brittany Lang and Angela Stanford, 2 and 1, and Europe's Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher disposed of Paula Creamer and Crisitie Kerr, 2 and 1, as well.

The only victory for the U.S. Thursday morning was a 3-and-2 win by Jessica Korda and Morgan Pressel over Catriona Matthew and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

The U.S. took the momentum midway through the afternoon four-ball matches and even took the first point of the afternoon, as Lang and Brittany Lincicome topped Nordqvist and Giulia Sergas, 4 and 3. But Europe got the next two points from Carolina Hedwall and Caroline Masson, and Carlota Ciganda and Pettersen, who again played masterfully to help knock off Lewis and Lexi Thompson.

Kerr and Michelle Wie won the anchor match for the U.S., but the Americans will enter Saturday trailing in the overall standings.

We kept you up to date on all the top highlights from Colorado Golf Club near Denver. See how it all unfolded during Day 1 of the 2013 Solheim Cup:

• • •

AFTERNOON FOUR-BALLS (EUROPE 2, U.S. 2)

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 17

Cristie Kerr sends her tee ball through the green while Wie is about 20 feet short of the hole. Hull just gets her tee shot on the green and Matthew ends up just outside of Wie off the tee. Hull just misses her long birdie roll, and Matthew also misses. Wie just needs to two-putt for par to win the match, and she does.

U.S. WINS, 2 AND 1

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 16

With a win at No. 16, the Americans can put this match away. But no player can make birdie at the par-5 16th, and the hole is halved with pars. The U.S. now has the match at dormie.

THRU 16 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 17

Europe has the advantage as Hedwall puts her tee ball at the par-3 17th to about 10 feet. With Americans looking at some work for par, Hedwall misses her birdie attempt. After Piller and Stanford can't save par, Masson makes her short par to win the hole and the match.

EUROPE WINS, 2 AND 1

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 18

Pettersen has really carried Europe for most of this match, and she'll likely have to again as Ciganda sends her tee shot way right. Lewis misses her drive left and in a fairway bunker. Pettersen finds the center of the green with hybrid before Lewis misses way right after hooking her approach out of the bunker. It's now all up to Thompson, who comes up short of the green with her approach. After Lewis and Ciganda recover to give themselves looks at par, Thompson misses her birdie putt from off the green by about 4 feet to the right.

Ciganda chooses to putt first and misses her par. Pettersen now steps up for her birdie and carefully sends it down the slope. Lewis saves par after getting up and down from the weeds. But Pettersen also makes par to seal the match.

EUROPE WINS, 1 UP

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 16

Stanford runs her approach onto the green and to about 5 feet. But Masson makes a birdie to cancel out Stanford's birdie and the hole is halved.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 17

Pettersen finds the middle of the green off the tee at the par-3 17th, but Ciganda misses the green right. Thompson then hits to about 15 feet while Lewis follows with a tee shot to the back fringe. Pettersen seals a par for Europe before Lewis misses her par putt. Thompson now needs to be careful with her birdie try. From 18 feet, she leaves it just short. The hole is halved with pars and the match is now dormie in favor of Europe.

THRU 17 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole Nos. 14-15

After No. 14 is halved with pars, Matthew makes a 15-footer from the fringe for birdie at the par-5 15th. Kerr responds with a birdie of her own to halve the hole.

THRU 15 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 16

Lexi Thompson pulls a 6-footer for birdie at the par-5 16th before Suzann Pettersen drains her 5-foot birdie to win the hole for Europe.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole No. 15

A big third shot by Brittany Lang at the par-5 15th, as she hits it past the hole and watches it catch the slope back to about 3 feet. After missed birdies by the Europeans, Lincicome, who stuck her third shot to 6 feet, misses her birdie attempt. But Lang drains her short birdie try, and the Americans take the hole and the match.

U.S. WINS, 4 AND 3

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 15

After birdies by Piller and Masson, this hole is halved, and the Europeans cling to the slim lead.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 15

After Pettersen finds the hazard right with her layup at the par-5 15th, Ciganda goes for the green in two and sends it right into the hazard, as well. Thompson then nearly reaches the green in two, and the Americans are in good shape. While Ciganda looks for her ball, Pettersen attempts to hit it out of the hazard and can't get it out. Her second attempt from the hazard hits the red stake and ends up in a fairway bunker.

The delay is a long one as officials sort out where Ciganda will play her fourth shot. Finally, she plays her fourth from the fairway and the ball ends up on the fringe about 12 feet away from the cup. Lexi Thompson then leaves her eagle chip well short. Thompson misses her birdie putt before Ciganda saves par from the fringe. Lewis needs to make her birdie to win the hole, and she misses from 10 feet. After all that, the hole is halved.

THRU 15 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 13

Michelle Wie chips in for birdie at the par-4 13th to win the hole for the Americans.

THRU 13 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole Nos. 13-14

After the par-4 13th is halved with pars, Lang holes out for birdie from the greenside bunker. Sergas and Nordqvist don't make birdie and the Americans take a commanding lead.

THRU 14 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 14

After Stanford sticks her approach to 5 feet, Piller sends her approach past the hole and has it funnel back down to about 3 feet. Hedwall and Masson miss their birdie putts, and then concede the Americans a birdie.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 12

Both Wie and Kerr find the greenside bunker with their second shots at the par-5 12th. Wie then nearly holes her third shot, leaving just short of the hole. That's a conceded birdie for the Americans. Hull then has a putt for eagle from 20 feet or so. she misses, but Matthew makes birdie to halve the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 13

Hedwall and Stanford both knock their approach shots close, and both make their birdie putts to halve the hole.

THRU 13 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole No. 12

Sergas reaches the par-5 12th green in two and cozies her eagle putt to about 2 feet or so. After Lang birdies, Sergas makes her birdie; the hole is halved.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 11

Wie and Kerr both miss birdie tries at the par-3 11th, and so do Hull and Matthew. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 11 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 14

After Pettersen misses a birdie try from the front fringe, Thompson misses a 12-footer for birdie from nearly the same line. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 14 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 12

Piller has a birdie conceded at the par-5 12th and Masson makes birdie, too, as the hole is halved.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 10

Cristie Kerr earns some big roars from the crowd after making a long birdie at No. 10 to win the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole No. 11

After Lang finds the water off the tee at the par-3 11th, Lincicome runs her chip about 7 feet by before making the par save. Anna Nordqvist then misses her 6-foot birdie and the hole is halved.

THRU 11 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 13

From the rough, Ciganda hits her approach to within a few feet at the par-4 13th. And after missed birdies by Thompson and Lewis, Ciganda makes the birdie for her first hole victory of the match.

THRU 13 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole No. 10

A second straight birdie by Brittany Lincicome wins a second straight hole for the Americans.

THRU 10 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 9

The match is evened back up after Matthew drills an 8-footer for birdie at the par-4 ninth.

THRU 9 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 11

Hedwall, the only player not to trail in a match today, and Masson miss their birdie putts while Piller can't convert, either, from 8 feet. Stanford then misses a 5-footer for birdie and the hole is halved.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole Nos. 11-12

After the par-3 11th is halved with pars, all four players have birdie putts at the par-5 12th. Pettersen is the furthest away and lips out her birdie roll from 25 feet. The other three miss their birdie tries, as well, and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 10

Caroline Masson's birdie at the par-4 10th gives the Europeans a two-hole advantage.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole Nos. 8-9

After the par-4 eighth is halved with pars, Lincicome drains a 20-footer for birdie to win the par-4 ninth.

THRU 9 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 8

Charley Hull is the only player in this match to reach the green at the short par-4 eighth off the tee. She cozies her eagle try close and is conceded birdie before Kerr drains a 15-footer for birdie to halve the hole.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 9

Hedwall just misses a long birdie attempt, and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 10

After Lexi Thompson nearly holes her approach, the ball ends up about 6 feet away. But Pettersen drains her 15-footer for birdie, and the Europeans win the hole after Thompson can't get her birdie to drop.

THRU 10 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 7

After a great tee ball at No. 6, Cristie Kerr sticks her approach at the par-4 seventh close, as well. She'll have about 7 feet for birdie. Michelle Wie follows with a close approach, too. After Wie misses her birdie, Kerr misses her birdie, as well. Matthew then makes her par putt to halve the hole.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole No. 7

Brittany Lang lips out a birdie that would have won the hole, and the par-4 seventh is halved with pars after Sergas makes her par putt from 4 feet.

THRU 7 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 8

After Piller nearly chips in for eagle at the short par-4 eighth and her birdie is conceded, Masson misses a birdie try, and the Americans win the hole.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 9

Lexi Thompson makes another big birdie putt, this time from 20 feet at the par-4 ninth. After Pettersen misses her 12-footer for birdie, the Americans win the hole.

THRU 9 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole Nos. 5-6

After the par-4 fifth gets halved with pars, Kerr puts her tee ball at the par-3 sixth to about 3 feet. After Catriona Matthew just misses her birdie putt and with Wie already in with par, Kerr knocks home the birdie.

THRU 6 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 7

Masson saves par from about 15 feet to halve the hole for the Europeans.

THRU 7 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole No. 6

Anna Nordqvist misses a 10-footer to save par at the par-3 sixth, and the Americans square the match back up.

THRU 6 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 8

Lexi Thompson birdies the par-4 eighth hole to give the Americans the lead again.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 4

After making a mess of the previous hole, the Americans settle down a little as Michelle Wie makes par to halve the par-4 fourth hole.

THRU 4 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 6

The Europeans keep their two-hole edge after the par-3 sixth hole is halved with pars.

THRU 6 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole Nos. 4-5

A Lincicome par at No. 4 and a Lang par at No. 5 match Nordqvist pars, and the Americans remain just a hole down.

THRU 5 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 7

The back and forth continues at the par-4 seventh hole, as Stacy Lewis' birdie brings the match to all square for the third different times today.

THRU 7 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 5

Gerina Piller wins her first career Solheim Cup hole, and the first of the match for the Americans, with a par at the par-4 fifth hole.

THRU 5 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 3

A par at the par-4 third hole is good enough for the Europeans to square things back up after dropping the opening hole earlier.

THRU 3 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 6

Suzann Pettersen birdies the par-3 sixth to give the Europeans their first lead of this match.

THRU 6 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 4

The Europeans stretch their lead to three holes with a birdie at the par-4 fourth hole.

THRU 4 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 5

The Americans can't manage anything better than a par from Thompson and Europe wins the hole with a par to even things back up.

THRU 5 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 2

No one can birdie the par-3 second hole and the Americans hold onto their slim lead in this match.

THRU 2 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole Nos. 2-3

Pars all around at the par-3 second hole before Sergas makes her par to halve the par-4 third hole.

THRU 3 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole Nos. 2-3

Following a halved par-3 second hole with pars, Carolina Hedwall birdies the par-4 third hole to give Europe a two-hole advantage in the match.

THRU 3 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole Nos. 3-4

After the par-4 third hole is halved with pars, the Americans win the par-4 fourth hole with par.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Kerr/Wie, U.S., vs. Matthew/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 1

And it's the Americans taking the early lead in the anchor match this afternoon, as Kerr and Wie win the par-5 first hole with birdie.

THRU 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Lang/Lincicome, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Sergas, Europe: Hole No. 1

Europe claims an opening-hole victory for the second straight match as Giulia Sergas notches a birdie and neither American can make par.

THRU 1 HOLE: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 2

The Europeans get the match back to all square after neither American can manage par at the par-3 second hole.

THRU 2 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Piller, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 1

After her foursomes loss in the morning, Angela Stanford will partner up with rookie Gerina Piller. They will take on a pair of Carolines, Hedwall and Masson. And it's Masson with the birdie to give Europe the early edge in this match.

THRU 1 HOLE: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Thompson, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 1

The first match features a player who struggled this morning (Lewis) and a player who played well, especially on the greens (Pettersen). But the Americans take the first hole and the early lead in the match with a birdie by Lewis.

THRU 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

• • •

MORNING FOURSOMES (EUROPE 3, U.S. 1)

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 17

The Americans have now won two straight holes to stay alive. Kerr's tee ball runs off the back of the green, but Icher runs a big right-to-left breaking birdie putt about 10 feet by the hole. After Creamer leaves her chip about 4 feet short, Munoz saves par to halve the hole and win the match.

EUROPE WINS, 2 AND 1

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 16

Cristie Kerr hits another good shot from the fairway, reaching the par 5 in two. Creamer will have about 12 feet for eagle. The Europeans lay up before Icher sticks a wedge to about 8 feet. Creamer then misses the eagle try badly, the ball rolling by way right and about 2 feet past. Munoz follows that by just missing her birdie roll. The Americans take the hole with birdie as Kerr makes the short putt.

THRU 16 HOLES Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole No. 16

The Americans find the hazard at the par-5 16th as Jessica Korda misses right with her second shot. After the penalty, Pressel sticks the fourth shot to about 6 feet, just inside of the Europeans' ball. Ewart Shadoff then misses the birdie putt left, and it rolls by a good 3 feet. Korda follows by sinking her par putt to halve the hole and win the match. Korda celebrates with a flurry of big fist pumps.

U.S. WINS, 3 AND 2

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 17

After a good tee shot by Pettersen to about 20 feet, Recari just misses the birdie as the ball comes to rest on the edge of the backside of the cup. But Lang misses her 10-footer for birdie and the Europeans take the match.

EUROPE WINS, 2 AND 1

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 15

Kerr sticks her the third shot at this par 5 to inside 5 feet. Munoz hits the third shot for Europe in a greenside bunker and Icher can only get it to 15 feet. Munoz then misses the lengthy par, and the Americans' birdie is conceded.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 16

Pettersen delivers a great second shot at this par 5 as her ball ends up about 15 feet past the hole. Lang's third, a wedge shot, goes a tad long, and Stanford can't make the 20-footer for birdie. Recari then drains the eagle putt and Europe now has this match at dormie.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole No. 15

A short par make by Jessica Korda halves the hole and this match is now at dormie in favor of the Americans.

THRU 15 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 14

After Kerr sticks her approach to gimme range, Icher makes a 12-footer for birdie from the fringe to halve the hole, and this match is now dormie.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 4 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 15

Stanford finds a bunker with her third shot, a wedge from inside of 100 yards, before Lang hits it to about 6 feet from the sand. Recari has a 25-footer for birdie and she puts good pace on it, but it just misses left. Stanford saves par, though, to halve the hole.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 16

A second straight par 5 here, and Stacy Lewis might have ended the Americans hopes for a halve in this match. With her second shot, she goes for the green, but hooks it low and left into a bunker. Salas' third shot hits the green, but rolls off the right side and into the rough. Lewis chips about 8 feet past from a tough lie with her fourth shot. Hedwall's chip from off the green, Europe's third shot, is better, ending up about 6 feet away. Salas makes the par save and delivers a big fist pump, but Nordqvist calmly sinks the birdie to win the hole and the match.

EUROPE WINS, 4 AND 2

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 13

After Creamer finds the bunker with her approach, Kerr is short-sided and hits her shot from the sand about 20 feet past. Creamer can't save par from long range, just missing left, and the Europeans take the hole with par.

THRU 13 HOLES: Europe, 4 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole No. 14

Jessica Korda needs to make a 5-footer to save par at the par-4 14th and she does to halve the hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 15

Both sides need three shots to reach the green at the par-5 15th. Salas then misses a 20-footer for birdie. Hedwall has a birdie putt to win the match, but she misses left and sends it a few feet by. Nordqvist and Lewis makes their par putts, and Europe now has the match at dormie.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 14

Lang has a 20-footer for birdie and she leaves it left and low. That was to win the hole, but instead the hole is halved with pars after Pettersen sinks her 4-footer for par.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole No. 13

The Europeans need four shots to reach the green at the par-4 13th, and the Americans win the hole with a conceded birdie.

THRU 13 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 12

Icher chips the third shot at this par 5 about 7 feet past. Creamer, who is 11-3-5 all-time at the Solheim Cup, follows with a chip that ends up 15 feet short of the hole. Kerr misses the birdie before Munoz also misses her birdie try. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 13

After the Americans get into trouble, Pettersen just needs to put her birdie try from 12 feet close, and she does. With the U.S. facing a 10-footer for bogey, the Europeans' par is conceded. It's the fourth different lead for Europe in this match.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 14

Lizette Salas just misses a 15-footer for birdie and after a short par make by Nordqvist, the hole is halved.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole No. 12

Jodie Ewart Shadoff finds the green in two at this par 5, and it's a good one as she leaves Matthew with about 15 feet for eagle. Then Morgan Pressel leaves the door open for the Europeans by chunking a chip badly with her third shot. The Europeans then two-putt for birdie to win the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 11

Paula Creamer misses a birdie putt about 2 feet left, but Munoz helps out the Americans by sending a 6-foot par putt about 4 feet by. Icher cleans up for bogey before Kerr knocks home her par to win the first hole for the Americans in this match.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 13

The Americans get one back after the Europeans three-putt for bogey. Lizette Salas saves par from 3 feet to win the hole following a 5-foot par miss by Hedwall.

THRU 13 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole Nos. 11-12

After the par-3 11th is halved with pars, Stanford gets it on the green in two. The Europeans can't get it on the green in two, but Pettersen has a 10-footer for birdie, which she misses. Lang lags her eagle try to about 3 feet, but Stanford misses the birdie, and the hole is halved.

THRU 12 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 10

Azahara Munoz puts her approach shot about 12 feet past after Kerr misses the green with her second shot. Then Karine Icher steps up and drains the birdie to extend the Europeans' lead.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 4 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole No. 11

At the par-3 11th, Korda sticks her tee shot to about 5 feet with a 6-iron. After Matthew misses the 25-footer for birdie, Pressel makes the birdie to win the hole.

THRU 11 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 9

Munoz drains a 25-foot birdie putt from the fringe to give the Europeans a second straight hole victory.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 12

Lewis goes for the green in two the first of three par 5s on the back nine, but she finds a greenside bunker. Salas can't get it on the green from the sand, either, sending it through the green and off the right side. Hedwall chips her third through the green, too, as the ball rolls off the back. Nordqvist nearly drains the birdie from the back fringe. Lewis then chunks a chip, and after Salas can't hole the par putt from the fringe, the Europeans win the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 4 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole Nos. 9-10

The Americans go 2 up after winning No. 9 with par, and after Ewart Shadoff misses a par putt at No. 10, Pressel drains her bogey putt to halve the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 8

Kerr's approach at the par-4 eighth find the sand, but Creamer gets creative with the slope to give Kerr a short-range par attempt. It doesn't matter, though, as Icher drains a 12-footer for birdie to win the hole.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 10

Recari's drive misses right and in the tall grass, so Pettersen can only get it in the fairway just short of the green on the approach. But Lang's approach goes through the green. The Europeans get up and down for par, as do the Americans.

THRU 10 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole Nos. 10-11

After the par-4 10th is halved with pars, Stacy Lewis puts her tee shot to within 5 feet at the par-3 11th hole. But Salas then horseshoes the birdie putt before par is conceded. Nordqvist has a 5-footer for par and she makes it.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 7

Cristie Kerr's putting struggles continue as she lips out a 10-footer for birdie, a putt that would have won the hole for the Americans. Instead, a sixth straight hole is halved.

THRU 7 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole No. 8

Jessica Korda can't get a 12-footer for birdie to drop, and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 9

Suzann Pettersen makes a 20-footer for birdie at the par-4 ninth, but Angela Stanford makes her 10-footer to halve the hole.

THRU 9 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 9

The Americans are in real trouble now after Anna Nordqvist sinks a birdie putt at No. 9 to stretch the Europeans' lead to three holes. Remember, Stacy Lewis has never won a foursomes match at the Solheim Cup.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole Nos. 5-6

After the par-4 fifth is halved with pars, Kerr nearly makes her long birdie putt at the par-3 sixth. It just misses left of the cup before a fifth straight hole is halved.

THRU 6 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 8

Angela Stanford misses the green right from inside of 100 yards while Pettersen sticks her approach to about 5 feet. Recari drains the birdie to win the hole and even things back up.

THRU 8 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole No. 7

After Pressel just gets the ball on the green with the approach, Matthew follows suit from a tough lie from the left fairway bunker. Korda's birdie try then runs 5 feet by while Ewart Shadoff's roll goes about 3 feet past. But Matthew misses the short par save, and Pressel converts her par putt to win the hole.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 8

Caroline Hedwall drains a 15-footer, left-to-right breaker for birdie to win the hole and take the largest lead of the day by any side.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 7

Suzann Pettersen drove it left into a fairway bunker before Beatriz Recari hits in the creek in front of the green. After Brittany Lang finds the green in regulation, Stanford lags the birdie try close and the Americans win with a conceded par. That's now two straight hole victories for the U.S.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole Nos. 5-6

After pars from both teams at the par-4 fifth, Korda has a chance to win the hole with birdie at the par-3 sixth, but her 15-footer lips outs. The par is conceded before Matthew knocks her par save home.

THRU 6 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 4

Cristie Kerr misses a short par putt to the right, leaving the toe open a tad, but the Europeans can't take advantage. They three-putt before Icher makes the short bogey putt to halve the hole.

THRU 4 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 7

Lizette Salas, who left her approach short of the green, gets a 6-footer for par to drop and the par-4 seventh hole is halved with pars.

THRU 7 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole Nos. 5-6

After the par-4 fifth is halved with pars, Brittany Lang's tee shot at the par-3 sixth hits the flagstick. Had the stick not been in, the ball would've dropped in the hole. Recari's tee shot goes way long, Pettersen can't chip in and the tap-in birdie is conceded.

THRU 6 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole No. 4

After missing a short putt to lose the hole at No. 1, Jodie Ewart Shadoff makes a short par at the par-4 fourth hole to win the hole and even the match back up.

THRU 4 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 6

Stacy Lewis can't figure out these greens. She sends a 25-footer for birdie about 5 feet by. Lizette Salas again can't save par, and the Americans bogey to drop another hole.

THRU 6 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole Nos. 2-3

After the par-3 second is halved with pars, Cristie Kerr turns over her drive and the ball ends up in the rough on the right. From an awkward stance on the edge of a fairway bunker, Creamer wedges an approach to about 15 feet. Icher's drive finds the left fairway bunker before Munoz hits the approach to about 15 feet, as well. Both sides two-putt for par, and the hole is halved.

THRU 3 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 5

These greens are very fast, and Stacy Lewis proves it by sending her birdie try about 6 feet by. Salas misses the par save, and Team Europe is conceded a short par and the hole.

THRU 5 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 4

After both sides miss the green, Beatriz Recari chips to a few feet while Lang's chip ends up still about 8 feet away. Stanford misses the par save by about a foot right of the hole. Pettersen drains the par to win the hole.

THRU 4 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole Nos. 2-3

Ewart Shadoff leaves a long birdie try well short at the par-3 second before Korda sends her putt from the fringe a ways by. Both Pressel and Matthew clean up for par, though, and the hole is halved. At the par-4 third hole, Matthew finds the bunker with the approach, but Ewart Shadoff delivers a great shot from the sand. Korda misses a birdie try and Matthew completes the up and down for par, and the hole is halved.

THRU 3 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 4

Both sides find the green in two, and both are left with par putts from about 4 feet or so. But after Nordqvist lips out her short par attempt, Lewis drills hers to win the hole.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 3

After a close approach by Lang at the par-4 third hole, Stanford sinks the 4-footer for birdie to win the hole.

THRU 3 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 4 – Creamer/Kerr, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 1

Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr have played together three previous times in the Solheim Cup. Creamer runs a long birdie try about 8 feet by and Kerr can't make the par coming back. Europe wins the first hole with par.

THRU 1 HOLE: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 3

Salas' approach misses the green at the par-4 third hole and the Americans can't get up and down for par. Nordqvist misses an 8-footer for birdie, but Europe still wins the hole with par.

THRU 3 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 2

After the Americans miss the green on Lang's tee shot, Pettersen sinks a 30-footer for birdie to give Europe the lead in this match.

THRU 2 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Matthew/Ewart Shadoff, Europe: Hole No. 1

An interesting storyline in this match as Jessica Korda and Jodie Ewart Shadoff, both rookies, often room together on the road at tournaments. After a poor tee shot by Korda, Pressel gets the ball back into the fairway before Korda sticks the third shot to about 5 feet. Pressel can't make the birdie, though, but after Ewart Shadoff misses a short par save – a little nerves, anyone? – the Americans take the first hole.

THRU 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 2

Salas and Hedwall both hit their tee balls in greenside bunkers at the par-3 second hole. Lewis' second shot from the sand nearly goes in, missing just right before ending up about 5 feet past. Nordqvist uses the slope to the left and watches it funnel back right to about 8 feet. After Hedwall misses the par save, Salas makes the par to win the hole.

THRU 2 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Stanford/Lang, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 1

Both Stanford's drive and Pettersen's tee ball find the fairway. Stanford's hits the Americans' third shot to about 10 feet while Pettersen follows with a third shot that just gets on the green. Both birdie attempts stay out of the hole, and the first hole is halved.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Lewis/Salas, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 1

The crowds are chanting on the first tee as Stacy Lewis and Lizette Salas ready to take on Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall in the opening foursomes match. Nordqvist hits the opening tee shot for Europe and puts it right down the middle of the fairway at the opening par-5 first hole. Lewis goes first for the Americans, but her drive can't stay on the fairway, rolling into the right fairway bunker. After both sides lay up to nearly identical spots, Lewis sticks the third shot to about 10 feet. Nordqvist's shot is just outside of the Americans' ball. Hedwall sinks the birdie before Salas follows suit. The first hole is halved.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

• • • 

Pre-tournament coverage

Wide-eyed Hull provides youthful boost for Euro squad

It’s difficult to pick a favorite line from Charley Hull’s maiden trip to the press room at the Solheim Cup. Nearly everything that emerged from the 17-year-old’s mouth was met with a headshake from teammate Suzann Pettersen, at Hull’s right elbow. But Pettersen, at conference end, professed to loving the innocence.

Lewis, Creamer will drive U.S. team at Solheim Cup

They couldn’t be more different in how they got here, how they’re perceived and what makes them tick. Paula Creamer has known nothing but the spotlight; Stacy Lewis toiled in the shadows, overcoming her own crooked spine to outshine them all. What they share is a heart to win.

Baldry: Controversial or not, Wie was right choice for U.S.

Michelle Wie was the right pick. No matter what happens this week in Colorado, know that what Wie brings to the table – no matter how unorthodox – is good for Team USA and the LPGA. Wie needs the Solheim Cup as much as the cup needs her.

Neumann grows from torchbearer to Solheim captain

Liselotte Neumann was put on a pedestal for winning the 1988 U.S. Women’s Open as a rookie, inspiring scores of her compatriots – notably Annika Sorenstam – to dream big. At 47, Neumann steps into the spotlight again as captain of the European team.

Salas stays grounded while honors such as Solheim mount

The fact that Lizette Salas earned her way onto the U.S. Solheim Cup team in only her second year on the LPGA points to a grit that’s lost on many of today’s coddled touring pros.

Pepper named U.S. assistant Solheim Cup captain

Dottie Pepper wondered if this day would ever come. A broadcasting snafu at the 2007 Solheim Cup match had seemingly blackballed her from any sort of captaincy for the American team. Mercifully, U.S. captain Meg Mallon felt that enough was enough. Pepper will serve as an assistant captain for the 2013 Solheim Cup on Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club.

Welcome to Golfweek.com's comments section.
Please review the posting guidlines here: Golfweek.com Community Guidelines.
All accounts must be verified using Disqus email verification

  • PGA
  • CHMP
  • WEB
[[PGAtourn]] Full Leaderboard >
Prev
  • [[player._CurPos]]
  • [[player._Lname]], [[player._Fname]]
  • [[player._TournParRel]]
  • [[player._Thru]]
Next
[[CHMPtourn]] Full Leaderboard >
Prev
  • [[player._CurPos]]
  • [[player._Lname]], [[player._Fname]]
  • [[player._TournParRel]]
  • [[player._Thru]]
Next
[[NWIDtourn]] Full Leaderboard >
Prev
  • [[player._CurPos]]
  • [[player._Lname]], [[player._Fname]]
  • [[player._TournParRel]]
  • [[player._Thru]]
Next