U.S. opens up 5-point lead heading into Solheim Cup Sunday singles

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U.S. opens up 5-point lead heading into Solheim Cup Sunday singles

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U.S. opens up 5-point lead heading into Solheim Cup Sunday singles

The Solheim Cup continued Saturday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. The U.S. increased its lead to five and enters Sunday singles in command at 10.5-5.5

We tracked all of the Saturday action. Catch up with what you may’ve missed…

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UPDATE No. 42 (6:51 p.m. ET): And there it is! Creamer and Ernst close out Icher and Sagrstrom for a 2-and-1 win on 17. That’s 3-1 this afternoon for the Americans and a 10.5-5.5 score heading into Sunday singles.

No team has ever come back from that big a deficit in the Solheim Cup.

UPDATE No. 41 (6:50 p.m. ET): Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson halve the 16th and that wins them the match, 3 and 2. U.S. now leads 9.5-5.5 with the only remaining match guaranteed to earn them at least a half point.

UPDATE No. 40 (6:41 p.m. ET): Karine Icher and Madelene Sagstrom halve the 16th vs. Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst. But that means that match is now dormie-2.

UPDATE No. 39 (6:35 p.m. ET): This is crazy good play from both sides.

But the U.S. is 2 up with three to play in the third match and dormie-3 in the final one. If they hold on in both, Americans will have 10.5-5.5 lead entering Sunday.

UPDATE No. 38 (6:28 p.m. ET): Cristie Kerr. Simply amazing.

The new all-time point-earner for the U.S. at the Solheim Cup has walked in so many key putts. But she’s now onto holing bunker shots. This eagle blast would win the hole and put her and Thompson dormie-3.

UPDATE No. 37 (6:25 p.m. ET): That quality of play we were talking about… yeah chip-in birdie to eventually halve the hole and remain 2 up. Wow.

UPDATE No. 36 (6:16 p.m. ET): What a match.

Brittany Lincicome birdies her first six holes, Brittany Lang holes out for eagle at the seventh, and they were still only 3 up. Mel Reid and Carlota Ciganda are huge fighters, hung in and got this to 1 down with two to play.

But they couldn’t win 17 and the Brittanys closed out for a 2-up win with birdie on 18. The Brittanys were 12 UNDER for the round. Astounding, even in four-ball. U.S. now leads, 8.5-5.5.

UPDATE No. 35 (6:09 p.m. ET): The Europeans are on the board first in four-ball as Nordqvist and Ewart Shadoff take down Salas and Yin, 4 and 2.

It’s now 7.5-5.5 in favor of the U.S., but the Americans lead in the other three matches.

UPDATE No. 34 (5:59 p.m. ET): Huge putt for Mel Reid at No. 16.  That birdie gets Euros back to 1 down against Lincicome and Lang. Lincicome alone has carded 10 birdies in this match, and Lang has added in a hole-out eagle. And they’re still just 1 up!

Incredible stuff!

UPDATE No. 33 (5:10 p.m. ET): The current scoreboard. Still heading toward a 10.5-5.5 U.S. lead by day’s end.

UPDATE No. 32 (4:32 p.m. ET): Still U.S. with three leads to Euros’ one this afternoon. Lang/Lincicome have cooled off, only making one birdie since starting 8 under through seven. But they are still 1 up through 11. Creamer/Ernst are 1 up through nine while Kerr/Thompson are 2 up through eight.

Salas/Yin are only Americans not leading, as they are 2 down to Nodqvist/Ewart Shadoff.

UPDATE No. 31 (3:52 p.m. ET): Creamer and Ernst were 1 up through four after an eagle, lost the lead at the sixth but gain it right back at the seventh.

They are back to 1 up and the Americans once again lead three of four matches.

UPDATE No. 30 (3:40 p.m. ET): It’s close right now. If this is how things finish out this afternoon, Americans will be up 10-6 heading into singles.

UPDATE No. 29 (3:24 p.m. ET): Brittany Lang holes out for eagle at No. 7 to move her and Lincicome to 3 up. Yes, with Lincicome starting with six straight birdies, that means this team is 8 UNDER THROUGH 7!!

UPDATE No. 28 (3 p.m. ET): After losing the third hole to fall to All Square, Creamer/Ernst take back the lead with this eagle. Once again, three American leads to one for the Euros.

UPDATE No. 27 (2:55 p.m. ET): Brittany Lincicome has started with six straight birdies. Wow.

She and Lang are just 2 up on Mel Reid and Carlota Ciganda, but wow what a start.

UPDATE No. 26 (2:26 p.m. ET): The current scoreboard at the Solheim Cup. Three American leads, while Euros are up in the second match.

UPDATE No. 25 (2:15 p.m. ET): Afternoon four-ball is underway!

The Americans are up early in three of the four matches. Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang are 2 up through three, while Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst and Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson are 1 up through 1.

The Euros lead in the Anna Nordqvist/Jodie Ewart Shadoff match, as that duo is 2 up through three over Lizette Salas and Angel Yin.

UPDATE No. 24 (1:10 p.m. ET): A recap of the morning.

UPDATE No. 23 (1 p.m. ET): Here are the afternoon pairings.

UPDATE No. 22 (12:41 p.m. ET): That could’ve been disastrous for Team Europe, but they turn the final two matches to come out of the morning still down three.

Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher defeat Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang, 2 and 1, to earn the Euros another point. It’s now 7.5-4.5. Solid morning from the Americans, but it could’ve been so much better considering they led all four matches at one point as they were late in the front nine.

UPDATE No. 21 (12:29 p.m. ET): The Euros are on the board. Georgia Hall closes it out at 17 for a 2-and-1 win for her and Nordqvist over Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller. Now 7.5-3.5 lead for U.S. with other match dormie-2 in Euros’ favor.

UPDATE No. 20 (12:08 p.m. ET): Some big crowds here at the Solheim Cup. The home team is now up 7.5-2.5. But Euros are 2 up through 15 and 1 up through 14 in the remaining matches.

UPDATE No. 19 (11:53 a.m. ET): And now’s it official. The U.S. wins the first two matches this morning as Creamer/Ernst take a 5-and-3 win as well.

That means the current score is 7.5-2.5. Before American fans get too excited, Euros have upperhand in the two matches still on the course.

UPDATE No. 18 (11:50 a.m. ET): The current scoreboard at the Solheim Cup. The first two matches are pretty much in the U.S.’ hands.

So it seems the morning will produce at worst a tie for the Americans. But if they want to up their lead, it’s that final match that will be key. Kang and Wie won the 13th to move 1 down. That anchor match is HUGE.

UPDATE No. 17 (11:43 a.m. ET): Kerr is officially the new No. 1 in point-earners among U.S. Solheim Cup players. And she did it in style, making this putt to seal a 5-and-3 win.

UPDATE No. 16 (11:31 a.m. ET): Kerr/Thompson halve 14 and are dormie-4.

Assuming they hold on, Kerr surpasses Captain Juli Inkster for most points earned in a Solheim Cup career. Inkster (15-12-7 record) has 18.5 points; Kerr (15-14-6) has 18 points. A match win would make her the new leader at 19.

UPDATE No. 15 (11:24 a.m. ET): The U.S. is taking control of the first two matches. Kerr/Thompson and Creamer/Ernst are both 4 up through 13.

UPDATE No. 14 (10:59 a.m. ET): The surprise of the morning … Wie and Kang are now 2 down through 10 after being 1 up through three.

UPDATE No. 13 (10:46 a.m. ET): Three straight birdies from Kerr/Thompson pushed them to 4 up. Otherwise, though, the Europeans are fighting back.

Euros now lead in the final two matches. That means as it stands, this session is projected to go 2-2.

UPDATE No. 12 (10:38 a.m. ET): Europe now leads the final match. But the U.S. still leads the morning session.

UPDATE No. 11 (10:12 a.m. ET): Kerr/Thompson birdie Nos. 8 and 9 to win those holes. They are now 3 up.

U.S. still leads the first two matches, and the last two are all square.

UPDATE No. 10 (10:05 a.m. ET): Kerr/Thompson and Creamer/Ernst are both 2 up in their matches. The final two matches are all square.

So a bit of a change here, as the U.S. no longer leads in all four matches. But all four of those leads were 1 up. The U.S. may’ve lost two leads already, but its two remaining ones are now stronger.

UPDATE No. 9 (9:43 a.m. ET): The U.S. now leads in all four matches. Coming off a sweep yesterday afternoon.

UPDATE No. 8 (9:30 a.m. ET): What a beautiful putt from Paula Creamer at the fifth. This moves her and Ernst to 1 up.

UPDATE No. 7 (9:11 a.m. ET): Danielle Kang finishes off a birdie at the third to win the hole. Kang and Wie are now 1 up on Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher.

UPDATE No. 6 (9:11 a.m. ET): Here’s how we stand early on Saturday. Very close, just like foursomes yesterday morning.

UPDATE No. 5 (8:53 a.m. ET): Cristie Kerr comes out firing on Day 2.

A birdie here and she and Thompson are 2 up through three. Second match is all square through three (Reid/Pedersen vs. Creamer/Ernst), Euros lead 1 up in the third (Nordqvist/Hall vs. Lewis/Piller).

UPDATE No. 4 (8:40 a.m. ET): So far, we’ve already got two leads.

Kerr and Thompson won the first with a birdie and are 1 up through two. Mel Reid and Emily Pedersen win No. 1 with a birdie in the second match to go 1 up on Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst.

UPDATE No. 3 (8:26 a.m. ET): Well … it’s on message!

UPDATE No. 2 (8:15 a.m. ET): We’re underway on Day 2! Lexi Thompson/Cristie Kerr vs. Jodi Ewart Shadoff/Caroline Masson.

Here. We. Go.

UPDATE No. 1 (8:05 a.m. ET): The first match is off in five minutes, and it seems the crowd is already pumped.

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