U.S. sweeps session for 1st time at Solheim Cup to open 3-point lead

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U.S. sweeps session for 1st time at Solheim Cup to open 3-point lead

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U.S. sweeps session for 1st time at Solheim Cup to open 3-point lead

The Solheim Cup started Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

Thanks to an afternoon sweep, the Americans opened a 3-point lead (5.5-2.5). Catch up on what you may’ve missed…

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UPDATE NO. 38 (10:51 p.m. ET): Some more reading on what went down Day 1 in Des Moines:

UPDATE NO. 37 (8:37 p.m. ET): Your Day 1 recap:

UPDATE NO. 36 (8:07 p.m. ET): There it is!

Lewis birdies 17 to win the hole and the match (Lewis/Piller vs. Hull/Hall), 2 and 1. That’s an afternoon sweep from the Americans, their first in Solheim Cup history.

U.S.: 5.5, Europe: 2.5 heading into Saturday play.

UPDATE NO. 35 (7:55 p.m. ET): The U.S. remains 1 up in the final match, as Lewis and Piller match Hulls par. A win at the 17th, and we have that American afternoon sweep.

UPDATE NO. 34 (7:40 p.m. ET): And now it’s 3-0 USA in the afternoon.

Lincicome and Lang close out a 3-and-2 win over Parker and Masson. The Europeans are only 1 down now with three to play in the final match after a Hull chip-in eagle at 15. If Piller and Lewis hold on, it’s a clean sweep. As it stands: U.S. leads, 4.5-2.5.

UPDATE NO. 33 (7:25 p.m. ET): BOOM!

Kang wins the 16th thanks to a birdie and does so again with a birdie at 17. That’s a 3-and-1 victory for her and Wie over Ciganda and Ewart Shadoff! The U.S. now leads, 3.5-2.5.

UPDATE NO. 32 (7:03 p.m. ET): Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang are now dormie 4 after winning the 14th. That second U.S. point is tantalizingly close…

UPDATE NO. 31 (6:55 p.m. ET): Keeping you up to date on the other matches … Wie/Kang are 1 up thru 15, Lincicome/Lang sits 3 up thru 13 and Lewis/Piller put themselves 2 up thru 12.

If Wie/Kang holds on in that opening match, a U.S. afternoon sweep may be coming.

UPDATE NO. 30 (6:50 p.m. ET): Well, Yin and Salas halved the 13th and that means they win, 6 and 5!

Throttled Ciganda and Pedersen. First point of the afternoon goes to the U.S., which still has the upperhand in all four matches. Technically tied, 2.5-2.5 now.

UPDATE NO. 29 (6:13 p.m. ET): Angel Yin and Lizette Salas are giving Carlota Ciganda and Emily Pedersen a THUMPING.

The American pair wins Nos. 11 and 12 and is now dormie 6. This will likely be the first U.S. point in the afternoon, Americans still lead in all four matches.

UPDATE NO. 28 (5:37 p.m. ET): And now the U.S. is 3-up or better in two of four matches. Brittany Lang coaxes in this birdie putt at No. 9 to give her and Lincicome a 3-up lead.

UPDATE NO. 27 (5:32 p.m. ET): We can still report the same. U.S. leads all four matches. Americans are 1 up in opening and anchor matches, 4 up in the Yin/Salas beatdown and 2 up in the third.

In the meantime, here are some highlights from the morning session.

UPDATE NO. 27 (4:51 p.m. ET): There it is: The Americans now lead in ALL FOUR MATCHES.

Gerina Piller made it official by birdieing No. 6. That won her and Stacy Lewis the hole and now they’re 1 up. Americans are 2 up in the first two matches, 1 up in the last two.

UPDATE NO. 26 (4:31 p.m. ET): The U.S. is now up in the first three matches this afternoon after Lincicome’s eagle at No. 5 wins the hole and moves her and Brittany Lang 1 up.

Only match U.S. doesn’t lead is the anchor (Lewis/Piller vs. Hull/Hall), which is All square through four.

UPDATE NO. 25 (4:20 p.m. ET): We say not much has changed … Michelle Wie has something to do with that.

She had this putt to essentially halve the sixth (the Euros were in close) and the hole was indeed halved thanks to Wie draining this putt. (U.S. remains 2 up in this match.)

UPDATE NO. 24 (4:10 p.m. ET): Not much has changed. Yin and Salas lost No. 4 but come right back and take the fifth. They’re still 3 up, and every other match was the same as before. Here is the current scoreboard.

UPDATE NO. 23 (3:44 p.m. ET): The Americans lead the first two matches, 2 up and 3 up, and the final two are all square.

This could be a big afternoon for the Americans with Wie and Kang (2 up through 4) and Yin and Salas (3 up through 3) rolling.

UPDATE NO. 22 (3:40 p.m. ET): Salas and Yin are 3 up through three thanks to a birdie-birdie-birdie start.

Here’s the last of them.

UPDATE NO. 21 (3:14 p.m. ET): The afternoon matches are rolling along. So far, Wie/Kang are cruising at 2 up through three. This is after winning the first two holes.

Yin and Salas are 1 up through 1 and the third match is all square through 1. This means the Americans lead two, one match is all square and the other is on the first hole.

UPDATE NO. 20 (2:40 p.m. ET): The lead American group of Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang in afternoon four-ball is off and that duo is already leading!

Both Euros bogey the drivable 1st, and Wie birdies so that wins the hole. Wie and Kang are 1 up!

UPDATE NO. 19 (2:32 p.m. ET): A full morning recap…

UPDATE NO. 18 (2:07 p.m. ET): The Euros take the morning session.

Gerina Piller can’t drop this par putt at the 18th, and she and Stacy Lewis halve the hole and lose the final match of the morning, 1 up, to Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher.

Euros lead 2.5-1.5 after the morning session.

UPDATE NO. 17 (1:47 p.m. ET): Danielle Kang buries this putt for par on 18 to halve the hole and win the match, 1 up!

She and Lizette Salas beat Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson to make this 1.5-1.5 so far in the morning. Europe is dormie 1 in the only remaining morning match.

UPDATE NO. 16 (1:43 p.m. ET): The Europeans grab the first full point! Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall overcome some early big putts from Paula Creamer to win, 3 and 1.

The Europeans never trailed in this match against Creamer and Austin Ernst. The Euros were 1 up through 15 before winning 16 and 17 to close the match,

The score is Europe 1.5, U.S. 0.5 at the moment. The putt that put the Euros dormie, by the way.

UPDATE NO. 15 (1:40 p.m. ET): Friday four-ball pairings for the afternoon are out. here you go!

UPDATE NO. 14 (1:18 p.m. ET): The opening match started with a bang and ended with one.

Kerr and Thompson eagled the opening hole (a drivable par 4) to take a 1-up lead but Reid and Hull fought back and were 2 up with two to play. Kerr and Thompson then finished par-birdie to win both holes and halve the match!

UPDATE NO. 13 (12:54 p.m. ET): Europe has taken the lead.

UPDATE NO. 12 (12:02 p.m. ET): Carnage is starting to unfold at the Solheim Cup. We’re still all tied up. Euros lead 1 up in the first and third matches while the Americans are 1 up in matches No. 2 and 4. This is really, really close!

UPDATE NO. 11 (11:15 a.m. ET): Your current leaderboard. Still deadlocked early here.

UPDATE NO. 10 (10:59 a.m. ET): We think they already are…

UPDATE NO. 9 (10:46 a.m. ET): Creamer makes ANOTHER long birdie putt. This one halves the hole again. Two long birdie putts from Creamer already in five holes and her team is still 1 down. Imagine where they’d be without her putting so far.

UPDATE NO. 8 (10:23 a.m. ET): How A pretty noisy halve of the third hole, by the way, in the Creamer/Ernst vs. Nordqvist/Hall match. The Euros remain 1 up.

UPDATE NO. 7 (10:20 a.m. ET): How do we stand so far at the Solheim Cup? Here are the current scores. As you can see, U.S. leads one match, Europe leads one and two are all square. So we are absolutely deadlocked early.

UPDATE NO. 6 (10:10 a.m. ET): Because that Lexi 3-wood can’t get old…

UPDATE NO. 5 (9:48 a.m. ET): Every group is off! So far, the Americans lead two matches (Kerr/Thompson, 1 up thru 3 and Kang/Salas, 1 up thru 1) and another is All Square. The final match is on the first hole.

UPDATE NO. 4 (9:35 a.m. ET): Another group is off! This one is Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst vs. Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall.

UPDATE NO. 3 (9:30 a.m. ET): Lexi Thompson actually drove the first green with a 3-wood and she and Kerr won the first hole with an eagle. They are 1 up on Mel Reid and Charley Hull.

UPDATE NO. 2 (9:29 a.m. ET): Another group is off! Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas take on Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson.

UPDATE NO. 1 (9:15 a.m. ET):  We’re off at the Solheim Cup! Remember, all foursomes pairings are right here.

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