How it happened: Europe extends Solheim lead

USA and Europe golf bags during the afternoon fourball matches for the 2013 Solheim Cup at The Colorado Golf Club.

Europe entered Saturday with a 5-3 lead at the Solheim Cup. Now, after stretching that lead to 10 1/2 - 5 1/2 Saturday, the Europeans head into Sunday's final day with a chance to win for the first time on U.S. Soil.

The Americans took 2 1/2 points in the morning behind victories from Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer, and Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang. Europe won the opening match after Anna Nordqvist aced the par-3 17th to seal a 2-and-1 victory for her and Caroline Hedwall over Jessica Korda and Morgan Pressel.

But the afternoon was all Europe. The Europeans took all four matches, capped by a dramatic victory by Karine Icher and Beatriz Recari over Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel in which Icher chipped in for birdie to halve the final hole and seal the 1-up victory.

Of course, there was more controversy. Following Friday's controversial ruling at No. 15, there was another dispute at No. 16 after Kerr and Recari each drove their tee balls into a hazard. After a lengthy delay to sort out where each player would drop, the Americans went on to win the hole.

Scroll down to see how the entire day unfolded Saturday at Colorado Golf Club!

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AFTERNOON FOUR-BALLS (EUROPE 4, U.S. 0)

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Match No. 4 – Kerr/Pressel, U.S., vs. Recari/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 18

Everyone except for Recari finds the fairway – Recari is in the left fairway bunker. Both Americans reach the green in regulation while Icher sends her approach through the green and Recari has to lay up. But Icher chips in for birdie to halve the hole and win the match.

EUROPE WINS, 1 UP

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

Pressel is short of the green at the par-3 17th while Recari finds the bunker. Icher and Kerr are both on the green. After Pressel hits her second from off the green close to seal a par, Recari chunks her shot from the bunker. Kerr goes after her 25-footer for birdie, but misses. Icher now has a birdie putt to win the match. She just misses the 12-footer and the hole is halved. Match is dormie.

THRU 17 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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

Kerr and Recari find the hazard off the tee, and now there's debate as to where each ball crossed the hazard. Officials are getting involved. Kerr seems to have determined where hers crossed – on the right side of the hazard near the right portion of this split fairway. Recari is standing on the other side, but the Americans are arguing that it crossed much further back.

Two more matches have finished and the debate is still ongoing. Finally, both players drop. Kerr has to lay up with her third shot while Recari muscles her third onto the green. Pressel is just off the green in two before playing a severe slope to about a foot to set up a birdie. Recari can't make birdie and neither can Icher, and the Americans win the hole.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Piller/Stanford, U.S., vs. Munoz/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 18

After Stanford sends her approach through the green, Ciganda's approach ends up inside of 10 feet. With Munoz in with bogey, Stanford and Piller, who was also off the back, can't hole their third shots. Ciganda then steps up and holes her birdie to win the hole and the match.

EUROPE WINS, 1 UP

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 17

Korda can't get her birdie to drop from 7 feet and Hedwall two-putts for par to halve the hole and win the match.

EUROPE WINS, 2 AND 1

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

Piller has a 10-footer for birdie, but she misses it. Munoz gets par, forcing Piller to make a 2-footer coming back. She does and this match is all square heading into the final hole.

THRU 17 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 16

Masson nearly holes an eagle that would have won the hole and the match. Wie needs to make a 5-footer for birdie to extend the match and she makes it.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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

Pressel saves par from 12 feet after finding the hazard earlier in the hole. That's good enough to halve the hole after Recari misses a 10-footer for birdie.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 18

Creamer hits her tee ball right and can't reach the par-4 18th green in two. Hull is also right and barely gets it past Thompson's drive in the fairway with her approach. Thompson and Ewart Shadoff hit big drives, but while Ewart Shadoff is the only one to get it on the green in regulation after Thompson sends her approach through the green. It's a good one, too, ending up 8 feet from the hole. Creamer can't knock her third shot close and Thompson just misses a birdie putt from off the back. The Europeans are conceded birdie.

EUROPE WINS, 2 UP

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

Ciganda makes a short par to halve the hole and the match remains all square.

THRU 16 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 17

Big tee ball from Thompson at the par-3 17th as it comes to rest about 4 feet from the hole. But Hull responds with a tee shot to just inside of that. But Thompson pulls her birdie try and Hull sinks her's, and the Europeans take the lead entering the final hole.

THRU 17 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Kerr/Pressel, U.S., vs. Recari/Icher, Europe: Hole Nos. 13-14

After a halve at the par-4 13th with pars, Icher just misses a 20-footer for birdie as it runs by the right side of the cup. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 15

After Korda, Wie and Masson all miss birdie putts, Hedwall buries for 12-footer for birdie to win the hole.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 16

After a poor chip by Thompson with her third shot, Creamer lags her eagle putt at the par-5 16th to about 5 feet. Ewart Shadoff chips through the green with her third before Hull delivers a better chip from nearly the same spot, yet it still rolls down the slope to about 25 feet away. She then sends her birdie a little ways by. Thompson misses her birdie before Ewart Shadoff rattles home a par putt after chipping back on with her fourth shot. But it doesn't matter as Creamer sinks her 5-footer to win the hole.

THRU 16 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 14

Wie makes a 10-footer for birdie and produces several big fist pumps after draining that one. Hedwall can halve from 7 feet, but it lips out.

THRU 14 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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

After making a crucial par on No. 15 on Friday, Ciganda sticks her third shot at the par-5 hole to about 5 feet. Stanford is just in the hazard, but should be able to play it. Munoz and Piller each have about 30-footers for birdie, and they both miss. Ciganda can't make her birdie, either, and Piller saves par to halve the hole.

THRU 15 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 15

Thompson lays up at the par-5 15th before sticking her third shot to about 10 feet. She can't make the birdie, though, rolling the putt just by the right edge. Creamer makes par to halve the hole.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 13

After Korda makes bogey after failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker, Wie misses a birdie putt from about 25 feet. Europeans now have two chances at birdie to win the hole. Masson misses the first chance and Hedwall the second. Wie has to make a short par to halve and she does.

THRU 13 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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

Kerr finds the green at the par-5 12th in two shots, but misses her eagle try. Icher needs a 3-footer for birdie to halve the hole and she makes it.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Match No. 2 – Piller/Stanford, U.S., vs. Munoz/Ciganda, Europe: Hole Nos. 13-14

After the par-4 13th is halved with pars, Piller's approach at the par-4 14th ends up about 5 feet from the hole while Ciganda will have an 8-footer for birdie. After Ciganda misses her birdie putt, Piller sinks her's and the Americans take the hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 12

Masson completes a two-putt birdie at the par-5 12th to win the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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

All but Kerr find the top shelf of the green near the hole. Recari misses her 12-footer for birdie and Icher misses, as well. Pressel then steps up and sinks a 6-foot birdie to win the hole.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole Nos. 13-14

After the par-4 13th is halved with pars, Thompson and Ewart Shadoff go for the green off the tee at the short par-4 14th. While Thompson misses, Ewart Shadoff finds the putting surface. Creamer then sticks her approach to about 7 feet and Thompson blasts out of the bunker to similar distance. Ewart Shadoff then leaves her 25-foot eagle roll a couple feet short. Creamer and Thompson miss their birdie putts and the Europeans take the hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 11

Masson finds a bush off the tee, so it's up to Hedwall, who flies the green before putting about 4 feet by from the fringe. Korda and Wie miss their birdie putts, and the hole is halved after Hedwall and Korda make par.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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

After both Europeans miss the green in two, Stanford finds the putting surface and she'll have 20 feet or so for eagle. She lags it close to earn a conceded birdie. Ciganda gets up and down for birdie to halve the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Kerr/Pressel, U.S., vs. Recari/Icher, Europe: Hole Nos. 9-10

After the par-4 ninth is halved with pars, Icher knocks her approach to a few feet. Kerr follows with an approach to within 15 feet. But Icher doesn't get to putt it as Recari drains a 30-footer for birdie. Kerr's 15-footer runs by the left edge and the Europeans take the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 10

With the Americans in for a birdie at the par-4 10th, Masson misses a 12-footer for birdie. But Hedwall sinks her birdie from 8 feet and halves the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 12

All four players go for the green in two at the par 5, and all four miss. After both Europeans can't get up and down for birdie, Creamer sinks her birdie putt to win the hole and even things back up.

THRU 12 HOLES: All square

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

Both Americans hit their tee balls through the green, but Piller sends her birdie putt from the fringe down the slope and to within a couple feet. Munoz and Ciganda both have birdie putts from within 12 feet, but Ciganda doesn't even have to putt her's after Munoz drains her 12-foot birdie to win the hole.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 9

Wie has a good look at birdie from about 8 feet, but she misses and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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

Kerr can't hole her 10-footer for birdie and the Americans fall two holes down after Europe takes the hole with an Icher birdie.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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

Piller misses a 15-footer for birdie, leaving it just short. From way off the fairway, Ciganda hits her approach to a few feet and makes birdie to win the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 11

Another nice shot by Thompson as she hits her tee ball at the par-3 11th to about 15 feet. She can't convert the birdie, though, and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 8

After Wie misses a birdie, Hedwall has a 10-footer for birdie to win the hole, but she runs it by left. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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

Morgan Pressel can't get a 6-foot birdie to drop, and the par-4 seventh is halved with pars.

THRU 7 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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

Munoz gets the Europeans a par after chipping in from off the green. Piller misses a 6-footer for birdie, and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 9 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 10

Lexi Thompson sticks her approach to about a foot at the par-4 10th, and that was an even better shot considering the tough front hole location. Thompson's birdie is conceded, but Hull makes birdie, too, to halve the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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

Munoz sinks an 8-footer for birdie to win the par-4 eighth and cut the Americans' lead in half.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Kerr/Pressel, U.S., vs. Recari/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 6

Icher saves par from short distance to keep the Europeans 1 up in this match.

THRU 6 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole Nos. 6-7

After a halve with pars at the par-3 sixth, Hedwall has a chance for a second birdie in three holes, but she misses from 8 feet and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 7 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 9

After Creamer just misses a long birdie – it came to rest just off the lip – Hull sinks a 12-footer for birdie. Thompson responds with a birdie of her own, though. Big fist pump after that make.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Piller/Stanford, U.S., vs. Munoz/Ciganda, Europe: Hole Nos. 6-7

After the par-3 sixth is halved with pars, Piller sinks a 5-footer for birdie to win the par-4 seventh hole.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 8

Going back to the previous hole, it appears one of the European caddies yelled that Creamer's putt was good. Remember, caddies don't have the authority to concede putts. A hole later, at the par-4 eighth, Ewart Shadoff drains a 10-footer for birdie to win the hole.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Kerr/Pressel, U.S., vs. Recari/Icher, Europe: Hole Nos. 4-5

After the par-4 fourth hole is halved with pars, Kerr sticks her approach at the par-4 fifth to about 7 feet. She starts to fist pump, but the birdie roll lips out. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 5 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 5

Wie can't make birdie from 12 feet and the Europeans take the hole with a birdie by Hedwall.

THRU 5 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 7

Ewart Shadoff sticks her approach to a few inches and is conceded birdie. Creamer then attempts a long birdie and leaves it well short. She then goes to hit her par putt, but the Europeans concede it right before she goes to set up. Creamer then gets upset and Thompson is pulled off her 10-footer for birdie as officials get involved. After things settle down, Thompson sinks the birdie to halve the hole.

THRU 7 HOLES: All square

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

After a missed par attempt by Ciganda, Piller leaves a 12-foot birdie just short. Munoz then lips out a par putt, and the Americans take the lead.

THRU 5 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 4

After Masson saves par from about 10 feet, Wie misses a 7-footer for par. Korda then has a 6-footer for birdie to win the hole, but it doesn't drop. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 4 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 6

After Hull makes birdie, Thompson can't convert a 6-footer for birdie, and the Europeans even things back up.

THRU 6 HOLES: All square

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

After the par-3 second is halved with pars by Kerr and Icher, Kerr and Pressel miss par putts from outside of 8 feet, and the Europeans are conceded par.

THRU 3 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 5

Thompson outdrives the other three players by almost 200 combined yards, yet it's Creamer who makes a 15-foot birdie to win the hole.

THRU 5 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Piller/Stanford, U.S., vs. Munoz/Ciganda, Europe: Hole Nos. 3-4

After the par-4 third hole is halved with pars, Piller and Stanford both miss similar birdie rolls at No. 4, as does Ciganda, and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 4 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 3

Michelle Wie follows a birdie miss by Korda by draining a 6-footer for birdie to win the hole.

THRU 3 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 4

Thompson drains a 6-footer for birdie to win the par-4 fourth hole and even the match back up.

THRU 4 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 2

Hedwall leaves her birdie putt from off the green in the fringe, but recovers to make par at the par-3 second. That frees up Masson to go after her birdie and she gets it to drop from 8 feet.

THRU 2 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 3

Ewart Shadoff makes a 3-footer to save par and halve the hole at the par-4 third.

THRU 3 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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

The final match of the afternoon features three players who played this morning. Kerr nearly reaches the green in two and her chip almost drops. She makes her birdie to halve the hole.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

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Match No. 2 – Piller/Stanford, U.S., vs. Munoz/Ciganda, Europe: Hole No. 2

Carlota Ciganda drains a long birdie and after Piller can't match, the Europeans square the match back up.

THRU 2 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 3 – Korda/Wie, U.S., vs. Hedwall/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 1

Carolina Hedwall is playing her fourth match so far for Europe, and she's won her previous three, including a foursomes match earlier this morning. Hedwall and Masson teamed up in a four-ball win Friday. Wie has won both of her matches for the Americans while Korda is 1-1. After Wie pulls her drive left into the rough, Korda gets it on the green in two and she'll have a 10-footer for eagle. Korda can't convert and Masson makes her 10-footer for birdie, and the hole is halved.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 2

Thompson and Hull earn pars and the hole is halved. Hull had to sink a 7-footer to save her par.

THRU 2 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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

Like the first match this afternoon, there's only one player – Azahara Munoz – who played this morning. Ciganda will need a better performance than the one she put on Friday, although she did win her match with Pettersen Friday afternoon. Piller and Stanford teamed up in a four-ball loss on Friday. Stanford chips close with her third shot to set up a short birdie. But it's Piller who makes her birdie first to win the hole for the U.S.

THRU 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Creamer/Thompson, U.S., vs. Ewart Shadoff/Hull, Europe: Hole No. 1

Creamer will be the only player in this match to have already played today. All four players find the fairway. Hull unintentionally lays up with fairway wood while Ewart Shadoff goes for the green and misses in the left bunkers. Thompson's second goes through the green and Creamer lays up. Neither American can make birdie, and they concede birdie to the Europeans.

THRU 1 HOLE: Europe, 1 up

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MORNING FOURSOMES (U.S. 2 1/2, EUROPE 1 1/2)

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 18

From the fairway, Masson sticks her approach to 5 feet. The Americans have about 12 feet for birdie. Matthew makes the birdie to win the hole and halve the match.

MATCH SQUARED

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 17

Michelle Wie sinks a short par putt after Pettersen misses her par attempt, and the Americans take the hole and the match.

U.S. WINS, 2 AND 1

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 16

Wie cozies a long eagle try close at the par-5 16th and the birdie is conceded. Pettersen can't make her long birdie attempt from the fringe and the Americans take the lead.

THRU 16 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 17

Lincicome misses a short par save at the par-3 17th that would have sealed the match. Masson makes her par to extend the match.

THRU 17 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 18

Creamer finds the fairway after Icher drives it left into a fairway bunker. Munoz then hits her approach well short of the green and into another bunker. Lewis then misses way left and into the tall grass with her approach. Icher's third out of the sand gets stuck in a plant at the top of the bunker and the Europeans have to take an unplayable.

Munoz comes up short of the green with the Europeans' fifth shot. Creamer then chips onto the fringe. After Icher can't hole her shot from off the green, the hole and the match is conceded.

U.S. WINS, 1 UP

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 16

Lincicome completes a two-putt birdie to win the par-5 16th. The match is now dormie in favor of the Americans.

THRU 16 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 17

Stacy Lewis sticks her tee ball to about 4 feet at the par-3 17th before Azahara Munoz lands her tee shot about 12 feet away. Icher keeps the Europeans in the match by making the birdie putt. Creamer then misses her birdie and this match is all square.

THRU 17 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 15

Recari misses a 5-footer for birdie and we're still all square in this match.

THRU 15 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 16

After a birdie by Munoz, Lewis makes her 7-footer for birdie to halve the hole.

THRU 16 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 15

Salas has a birdie putt to win the hole, but she misses and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 15 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 14

Recari drains a 5-footer for birdie to take the hole and square the match back up.

THRU 14 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 1 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 17

What a way to end the match as Anna Nordqvist aces the par-3 17th. After Jessica Korda can't match the hole-in-one, the Europeans win the hole and the match.

EUROPE WINS, 2 AND 1

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 15

Creamer makes a 12-footer for birdie and the Americans retake the lead. Creamer has now made a few big putts to win holes today.

THRU 15 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole Nos. 13-14

The Americans go 2 up after a victory at the par-4 13th with par, but then get into trouble at No. 14. After Masson's approach finds the green, Lincicome can't get it on to the green in two after Salas found a fairway bunker off the tee. Matthew misses a 10-footer for birdie, but Lincicome misses a putt from similar range for par to drop the hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole Nos. 15-16

After the par-5 15th is halved with pars, the Europeans reach the green at the par-5 16th in two shots. After Pressel chips through the green, Hedwall runs an eagle try about 4 feet by. Korda nearly holes the fourth shot for the U.S. and a par is conceded. Nordqvist makes the short birdie and the Europeans take the lead.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 13

Brittany Lang drains a difficult par putt at the par-4 13th, but Recari saves par, as well, and the hole is halved.

THRU 13 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 14

The Americans drop a fourth straight hole after Lewis can't chip in for par and the Europeans' birdie putt is conceded.

THRU 14 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 12

Pettersen can't hole her 25-footer for birdie and Wie drains a short birdie to win the par-5 second hole and give the Americans their first lead of the match.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 13

Munoz sinks a 5-footer for birdie at No. 13 to give Europe its third straight hole victory.

THRU 13 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 12

Masson completes a two-putt birdie at the par-5 12th and the Europeans cut the lead to just one hole.

THRU 13 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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

After Hedwall drains a 10-footer for birdie, Pressel misses her 7-footer for birdie to give the hole to the Europeans.

THRU 14 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 11

Lang nearly makes a difficult 20-footer for birdie at the par-3 11th and she's conceded the par. Recari sent her birdie putt 4 feet by the hole and Pettersen isn't able to save par.

THRU 11 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 12

Munoz has a 3-footer for birdie at the par-5 12th and she sinks it to give Europe its second straight hole victory.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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

After Nordqvist splashes out to about 5 feet from the sand at No. 12, Hedwall completes the up and down for to halve the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 11

Masson misses right and lands it in the water off the tee at the par-3 11th while Lincicome sends it left into a greenside bunker. From the drop zone, Matthew misses the green. The Americans are eventually conceded par and the hole.

THRU 11 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 10

Lang has a 25-footer for birdie to win the hole and she drains it.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 11

The Americans find the sand off of Lewis' tee ball at the par-3 11th. Creamer sends it 7 feet by out of the sand, and after Icher misses a birdie putt, Lewis can't save par.

THRU 11 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 10

Matthew leaves her birdie try about 3 feet away, but Masson cleans up for par to halve the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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

The Americans lay up at the par 5 while the Europeans go for it and end up in a greenside bunker. But Hedwall splashes to about 5 feet from the sand before Korda misses her birdie try from 18 feet. Nordqvist misses for birdie, too, and the hole is halved.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 9

Lang save par from 5 feet after Peterssen lags a long birdie to gimme range, and the hole is halved.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 10

After a Creamer chip to about 6 feet, Lewis gets up and down to win the hole with par. Munoz couldn't save save par from 12 feet.

THRU 10 HOLES: U.S., 4 up

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Match No. 1 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 11

Both players find the green before Hedwall nearly has to take a stroke penalty. Her ball moved on the putting surface, but she hadn't addressed the ball yet. She then steps up and sends the birdie roll a few feet by. Pressel then has an 8-footer for birdie to win the hole, and she drains it.

THRU 11 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole Nos. 8-9

Both sides par the par-4 eighth hole before Salas sticks her approach close at the par-4 ninth. Lincicome can't convert the 7-footer for birdie and the hole is halved.

THRU 9 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole Nos. 7-8

After the par-4 seventh is halved with pars, Recari has a 10-footer for birdie to win No. 8, but she can't convert. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 9

After a close approach by Creamer, Lewis sinks the 5-footer for birdie to take the par-4 ninth.

THRU 9 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match No. 1 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 10

Pressel lags a long birdie putt to gimme range, and the Americans take the hole after Nordqvist can't save par.

THRU 10 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 8

Creamer drains a 12-foot, left-to-right breaker for birdie to ignite the crowd. The Europeans can't match and the Americans win the hole.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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

Nordqvist sends her 20-footer for birdie a few feet by, but Hedwall cleans up for par to halve the hole.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 7

Matthew makes a short par to win the hole and cut the Americans' lead in half.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 6

Wie misses an 8-footer for birdie and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 6 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 7

Creamer leaves her approach shot short and then she can't save par from 6 feet. Icher makes her 4-footer for par and the Europeans take the hole.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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

After a stiff approach by Korda to about 6 feet, Nordqvist hits her second to about 10 feet. But neither side can convert their birdies and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 5

After Recari finds the sand on her approach at the par-4 fifth, Pettersen nearly holes the third shot. Wie then misses a birdie putt and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 5 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 6

Masson leaves a long birdie just short and the par is conceded. Lincicome then has a chance to win the hole from just more than 20 feet, and she runs the birdie putt a few feet by. Salas makes the par save, though, to halve the hole.

THRU 6 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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

Korda smashes a big drive, but it's the Europeans who have a closer look at birdie after Pressel misses the green short with a wedge. Korda nearly makes the putt from off the green and is conceded the par, but the Europeans can't take advantage as Nordqvist lips out a 5-footer for birdie.

THRU 7 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 6

Lewis and Munoz both miss birdie putts at the par-3 sixth hole. The Americans have their tap-in for par conceded, but Icher has to make a short par to halve the hole, and she does.

THRU 6 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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

Wie misses the green on the approach and then can't get a 7-footer for par to drop. Pettersen makes a short par putt to win the hole.

THRU 4 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 5

Lincicome has about an 18-footer for birdie at the par-4 fifth, but she leaves it a couple feet short. The Americans win the hole, though, after Matthew's 6-footer for par lips out.

THRU 5 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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

The Americans get into trouble and Hedwall completes a two-putt par from the fringe to take the hole.

THRU 6 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 5

With the Europeans facing 18 feet or so for birdie, Creamer sticks her approach to about 6 feet. Lewis goes on to sink the birdie putt to win the hole.

THRU 5 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 3

Pettersen just misses a birdie putt at the par-4 third, but the hole is halved after Lang saves par from 10 feet and Recari makes her short par save.

THRU 3 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole Nos. 3-4

After the par-4 third hole is halved with pars, Matthew has a 15-footer for birdie at No. 4, but misses. The par is conceded and the hole is halved.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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

After Nordqvist misses the fairway off the tee, the Americans have a shot to take the hole. Korda leaves her long birdie roll well short, but Hedwall isn't able to save par from 12 feet. Pressel makes her par to win the hole.

THRU 5 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 4

Paula Creamer drains a long birdie putt to take the hole after Icher can't convert her birdie try.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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

Lang finds the green, Wie lags the long birdie putt close and the Americans halve the hole with par after Recari finds the sand off the tee before saving par from 6 feet.

THRU 2 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole Nos. 3-4

After the Europeans win the hole with bogey at the par-4 third, Korda hits her approach up against the collar on the front part of the green, about 15 feet from the cup. Pressel misses the birdie putt, as does Hedwall. Nordqvist has to make a 3-footer for par and she does.

THRU 4 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 3

Creamer knocks her approach to about 15 feet before Icher follows suit with a second shot to similar distance. Lewis can't convert the birdie, though, and neither can Munoz. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 3 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 2

Masson sends her birdie from the fringe across and through the green. Matthew can't hole her chip for par and the Americans win the hole with par.

THRU 2 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Lang/Wie, U.S., vs. Pettersen/Recari, Europe: Hole No. 1

Suzann Pettersen, who won both of her matches Thursday for Europe, pumps up the European fans before her tee time. She finds the middle of the fairway, but Michelle Wie snap-hooks her drive left into the trees. Lang is able to punch out, but Wie still can't reach the green with her third shot. Wie can't convert a long par, and the Europeans take the hole after Recari nails a long birdie putt.

THRU 1 HOLE: Europe, 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 2

After Lewis can only get to 10 feet or so out of the sand at the par-3 second, Creamer saves par to halve the hole.

THRU 2 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 3 – Lincicome/Salas, U.S., vs. Matthew/Masson, Europe: Hole No. 1

This match features the only different foursomes pairing for Europe, as Caroline Masson did not play Thursday morning. While Masson finds the fairway, Lincicome drives it into the right fairway bunker. After layups, Masson finds the back part of the green. Matthew misses the 12-footer for birdie. Lincicome has to make a 5-footer to save par, and she does.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

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

Hedwall finds the left side of the green at the par-3 second – the hole is on the far right side – before Pressel catches her tee shot heavy and leaves it short of the green. After Korda leaves Pressel 10 feet for par after the chip, Nordqvist gets her 30-footer for birdie close. Pressel sinks the par putt, though, to halve the hole.

THRU 2 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Creamer/Lewis, U.S., vs. Munoz/Icher, Europe: Hole No. 1

Stacy Lewis gets the nod despite her 1-5 record now at the Solheim Cup. Azahara Munoz and Lewis both find the fairway off the first tee. After both sides lay up, Lewis finds the front part of the green. The Europeans are in the same spot. After Creamer leaves her long birdie try just short, Icher runs it about 5 feet by. Pars for both sides and the opening hole is halved.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Pressel/Korda, U.S., vs. Nordqvist/Hedwall, Europe: Hole No. 1

The first foursomes match of the morning features two duos that won foursomes matches on Friday. Anna Nordqvist finds the fairway off the tee for Europe, but Jessica Korda can't, hitting her drive right into a fairway bunker. After both sides successfully lay up, Korda's third shot goes through the green at the par-5 hole. Nordqvist lands it safely on the green. After Pressel nearly holes her chip before it runs 5 feet by, Hedwall leaves a long birdie attempt a few feet short. Korda saves par, as does Nordqvist.

THRU 1 HOLE: All square

• • •

Friday coverage

Baldry: Wie, Kerr a match made in Solheim heaven for U.S.

Cristie Kerr likes playing with Michelle Wie because Wie can putt up with "Kerrisms." Wie enjoys Kerr's company because she isn't affected by the crowds that follow the LPGA's most-recognizable player. On Friday, that led to a crucial point for the U.S.

5 Things: Controversial ruling overshadows Europe's 5-3 lead

A ruling that allowed Carlota Ciganda to take an improper drop -- which came to light after the round and did not change the outcome of the match -- became the post-round focus after Europe took a 5-3 lead after Day 1 at the Solheim Cup.

Rookie Jessica Korda loses her breakfast, wins first Solheim point

As soon as Jessica Korda exited the gauntlet of screaming, costumed fans at the No. 1 tee, she popped the first bite of a banana in her mouth. Halfway down the fairway, once partner Morgan Pressel had hit the approach, Korda knew that banana wasn’t staying down.

Notes: Pettersen shines; Creamer/Kerr slip; more

From the first morning's MVP to a U.S. tandem's first loss to a Swede's new role this week, check out news and notes from the opening foursomes at the 2013 Solheim Cup.

Pettersen guides Europeans into afternoon with 3-1 lead

Twenty-four hours ago, Suzann Pettersen helped carry European team rookie Carlota Ciganda through pre-tournament press conferences. On Friday morning, Pettersen put a European point on the board with another rookie, Beatriz Recari.

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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.

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