How it Happened: Europe retains Solheim Cup

Fans of the European team cheer during the final day singles matches of the 2013 Solheim Cup.

With Europe needing just 3 1/2 points to retain the Solheim Cup and notch its first victory on U.S. Soil, the Americans will need a big comeback in singles late Sunday at Colorado Golf Club.

And if the first two days were any indication – big shots, controversial rulings and lots of fist pumps – we're in for another exciting day. But an early 5 and 4 win for Europe's Charley Hull over U.S. star Paula Creamer might have set the tone for the Euros to retain the cup, as it's just one of a handful of early matches finishing in the visitors' favor.

We're following all 12 singles matches Sunday, but first check out our tournament coverage to date:

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Update No. 30: 9:45 p.m. EDT

• ICHER VS. KERR: With the sun getting low and in the clouds at Colorado Golf Club, Karine Icher of Europe and Cristie Kerr play to the 18th hole before halving the match as they walk to the green.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 18, U.S. 10.

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Update No. 29: 9:23 p.m. EDT

• RECARI VS. STANFORD: Beatriz Recari of Europe misses a chip for birdie from behind the green and opponent Angela Stanford follows with a birdie putt from inside 10 feet that just misses on the high side. Recari wins 2 and 1.

• MASSON VS. THOMPSON: Lexi Thompson gets another point for the U.S. with a 4 and 3 win over Caroline Masson.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 17 1/2, U.S. 9 1/2.

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Update No. 28: 9:08 p.m. EDT

• SERGAS VS. KORDA: Giulia Sergas of Europe has a birdie putt inside 10 feet to halve her match, and she makes it to split a point with Jessica Korda.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 16 1/2, U.S. 9 1/2.

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Update No. 27: 9:02 p.m. EDT

• PETTERSEN VS. SALAS: Suzann Pettersen of Europe misses a short par putt at No. 18 and her match is halved with Lizette Salas.

• EWART SHADOFF VS. LINCICOME: Brittany Lincecome of the U.S. misses a short birdie putt at the par-5 16th, giving Jodi Ewart Shadoff a 3 and 2 win in their match.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 16, U.S. 9.

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Update No. 26: 8:43 p.m. EDT

• MATTHEW VS. PILLER: Having trailed much of the day, Catriona Matthew of Europe makes a par putt at No. 18 – and enables Europe to win the Solheim Cup outright.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 14 1/2, U.S. 7.

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Update No. 26: 8:42 p.m. EDT

OVERALL: Caroline Hedwall of Europe said she was "shaking" over her putt that clinched Europe's first time bringing the Solheim Cup home from a United States course.

"I was shaking, becuase I wasn't really sure on the line. And I decided that I wanted to hit it inside the left and I did."

Hedwall said it was something of a challenge to maintain her momentum during the weather delay.

"I was a little mentally tired, but at the same time I was really pumped up at 17. And when they blew the horn I was like, 'Oh no, that was bad timing.' But I went in there and just talked a little to myself, and when I went up there I was pumped as I was before. And I just managed to pull it off."

SCOREBOARD: Europe 14, U.S. 7.

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Update No. 25: 8:31 p.m. EDT

• HEDWALL VS. WIE: All square on No. 18, both Caroline Hedwall of Europe and Michelle Wie find the green – though Hedwall gives herself a much easier birdie try from about 5 feet, while Wie's putt will be 20-25 feet, fast and downhill. Wie finds a good speed and nearly holes it, but it slides past on the low side. Hedwall takes a practice swing over the ball, backs away and addresses it -- then rolls it dead-center. It's the birdie that clinches the Solheim Cup for Europe, and she begins her fist pump before it falls. Hedwall wins the match.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 14, U.S. 7.

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Update No. 24: 8:19 p.m. EDT

OVERALL: Play resumes after a delay of just about an hour.

• PETTERSEN VS. SALAS: Lizette Salas of the U.S. gets another try at her birdie putt at No. 15, but it slides by on the left and she halves the hole with Suzann Pettersen; they remain all square. During the delay, Salas said of the weather-alert horn: "I was in mid-backstroke when I heard it, and just kind of had to deal with it," Salas said. "The momentum started to change a little bit, and when they blew the horn I was kind of upset because I was ready and focused, but you can't control the weather. . . .I feel so confident right now that anything can happen, but I just have to control what I can control.""

SCOREBOARD: Europe 13, U.S. 7.

PROJECTED: Europe 17, U.S. 11.

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Update No. 23: 7:19 p.m. EDT

OVERALL: Play has been suspended – just as Lizette Salas was about to hit a birdie try of about 15-20 feet – due to the threat of lightning in the area; dark skies can be seen near Colorado Golf Club.

EWART SHADOFF VS. LINCICOME: Jodi Ewart Shadoff of Europe hits it to about 3 feet at the par-4 13th and sinks her putt to go 2 up against Brittany Lincicome.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 13, U.S. 7.

PROJECTED: Europe 17, U.S. 11.

MATCHES IN PROGRESS

Europe leads:

  • Jodi Ewart Shadoff 2 up against Brittany Lincicome, five holes to play;
  • Beatriz Recari 2 up against Angela Stanford, six holes to play;
  • Karine Icher 2 up against Cristie Kerr, seven holes to play.

All square:

  • Caroline Hedwall (Europe) vs. Michelle Wie (U.S.), two holes to play;
  • Suzann Pettersen (Europe) vs. Lizette Salas (U.S.), four holes to play.

U.S. leads:

  • Gerina Piller 1 up against Catriona Matthew, three holes to play;
  • Jessica Korda 1 up against Giulia Sergas, four holes to play;
  • Lexi Thompson 3 up against Caroline Masson, five holes to play.

MATCHES COMPLETED

Europe wins:

  • Charley Hull, 5 and 4, over Paula Creamer;
  • Carlota Ciganda, 3 and 2, over Morgan Pressel.

Halved:

  • Anna Nordqvist (Europe) and Stacy Lewis.

U.S. wins:

  • Brittany Lang, 2 and 1, over Azahara Munoz.

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Update No. 22: 7:08 p.m. EDT

• MUNOZ VS. LANG: Brittany Lang records the first full point of the day for the U.S., sinking a 3-footer for par at No. 17 to defeat Azahara Munoz 2 and 1.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 13, U.S. 7.

PROJECTED: Europe 16 1/2, U.S. 11 1/2.

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Update No. 21: 7:04 p.m. EDT

• CIGANDA VS. PRESSEL: In a match that's already dormie, Carlota Ciganda of Europe lags a long birdie putt at No. 16 to about 3 feet. Morgan Pressel misses her birdie try from about 15 feet and Ciganda wins the match 3 & 2 – and pulls Europe within a point of retaining the Solheim Cup.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 13, U.S. 6.

PROJECTED: Europe 16 1/2, U.S. 11 1/2.

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Update No. 20: 6:59 p.m. EDT

• CIGANDA VS. PRESSEL: Carlota Ciganda hits it to about 5 feet at No. 15 and sinks the putt to go dormie against Morgan Pressel – 3 up with 3 to play.

• MATTHEW VS PILLER: At No. 14, Catriona Matthew has a 12- to 15-footer for birdie, which she sinks to pull to 1 down of Gerina Piller.

• RECARI VS. STANFORD: Beatriz Recari of Europe leaves about a 7-footer for par, which she misses to slip to 2 up against Angela Stanford.

• MUNOZ VS. LANG: Brittany Lang of the U.S. hits it over the green at the par-5 16th, then pitches back to about 4 feet. Azahara Munoz leaves her birdie attempt on the front edge of the cup, after which Lang sinks her putt to go 2 up with two to play.

• EWART SHADOFF VS. LINCICOME: With a long birdie putt at No. 11, Jodi Ewart Shadoff goes 1 up over Brittany Lincicome.

• PETTERSEN VS. SALAS: At th3 13th, Suzann Pettersen of Europe hits it pin-high and about 5 feet left, then sinks the putt to improve to 1 down against Lizette Salas.

• HEDWALL VS. WIE: Caroline Hedwall of Europe misses a 6-footer for par and concedes the 15th hole to Michelle Wie, who goes 1 up.

• SERGAS VS. KORDA: Giulia Sergas of Europe makes a birdie putt of about 10 feet on No. 12 to pull all square with Jessica Korda.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 12, U.S. 6.

PROJECTED: Europe 16 1/2, U.S. 11 1/2.

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Update No. 19: 6:43 p.m. EDT

• EWART SHADOFF VS. LINCECOME: Brittany Lincicome hits it to about 5 feet at No. 10 and makes the putt to square her match.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 12, U.S. 6.

PROJECTED: Europe 16, U.S. 12.

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Update No. 18: 6:32 p.m. EDT

• NORDQVIST VS. LEWIS: Anna Nordqvist of Europe hits it inside 15 feet at No. 17 and makes the birdie putt to square her match with Stacy Lewis going to their last hole. Both keep their drives in play, after which Nordqvist hits it onto the front of the green – and Lewis misses right, short-siding herself. Lewis hits to about 7 feet, Nordqvist makes her par and Lewis sinks her putt. The match is halved.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 12, U.S. 6.

PROJECTED: Europe 16 1/2, U.S. 11 1/2.

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Update No. 17: 6:15 p.m. EDT

• RECARI VS. STANFORD: A 4-footer for par at No. 7 puts Beatriz Recari of Europe 2 up against Angela Stanford.

• SERGAS VS. KORDA: Giulia Sergas of Europe misses about an 8-footer for par as Jessica Korda goes 2 up.

• CIGANDA VS. PRESSEL: Carlota Ciganda of Europe and Morgan Pressel both hit their approaches at No. 13 inside 10 feet, but only Ciganda makes her putt as she goes 2 up.

• PETTERSEN VS. SALAS:At No. 10, Lizette Salas has a 10- to 12-footer for par to win the hole – and makes it to go 2 up on Suzann Pettersen.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 11 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 16, U.S. 12.

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Update No. 16: 6:01 p.m. EDT

• PETTERSEN VS. SALAS: After a three-putt by Suzann Pettersen of Europe, Lizette Salas makes a par putt to go 2 up through nine holes.

• MUNOZ VS. LANG: Azahara Munoz of Europe makes a short par putt at No. 13 to narrow her deficit against Brittany Lang, who stands 2 up.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 11 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 16, U.S. 12.

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Update No. 15: 5:54 p.m. EDT

• HULL VS. CREAMER: At No. 14, Paula Creamer of the U.S. faces about an 8-foot birdie putt that slides past on the low side – and that means Charley Hull records Europe's first point of the singles matches with a 5-and-4 victory.

"After the first day I really got used to the golf course – and I just relaxed, and made quite a few birdies over the past few days," Hull said. "I didn't really feel that nervous, because this is how I always look at golf – I'm not going to die if I hit a bad shot, so I just hit it and find it, and hit it again."

SCOREBOARD: Europe 11 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 15, U.S. 13.

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Update No. 14: 5:51 p.m. EDT

• MUNOZ VS. LANG: Brittany Lang birdies again, her putt falling at No. 12 to put her 3 up against Azahara Munoz.

• PETTERSEN VS. LANG: Suzann Pettersen of Europe misses about a 10-footer for par at No. 8 and concedes the hole as Lizette Salas goes 1 up.

• MASSON VS. THOMPSON: Lexi Thompson hits it inside 10 feet at No. 7 and makes her putt to go 1 up against Caroline Masson.

• MATTHEW VS. PILLER: Catriona Matthew of Europe, needing a two-putt to win at No. 9, lags close and is concede the hole as Gerina Piller's lead shrinks to 1 up.

• RECARI VS. STANFORD: At No. 6, Beatriz Recari of Europe has a long birdie putt over a slope – and makes it to go 1 up against Angela Stanford.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 15, U.S. 13.

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Update No. 13: 5:41 p.m. EDT

• NORDQVIST VS. LEWIS: Stacy Lewis of the U.S., looking for her first lead today, hits it to about 3 feet at No. 14 while Anna Nordqvist hits it in the greenside bunker; Lewis makes her putt to go 1 up with four to play.

• HEDWALL VS. WIE: Needing an up-and-down, Michelle Wie bumps and runs to about a foot and Caroline Hedwall concedes the hole, Wie's second consecutie win as she swings the match in her favor at 1 up.

• HULL VS. CREAMER: With little room for error in this patchm Paula Creamer finds the bunker at No. 13 while Charley Hull hits it to 3 feet or so. Creamer, however, holes out from the sand to halve the hole and force the Europeans to wait a bit longer before posting their first point of the day.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 15 1/2, U.S. 12 1/2.

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Update No. 12: 5:32 p.m. EDT

• PETTERSEN VS. SALAS: Lizette Salas misses about a 5-footer for par at No. 7 as her match goes back to all quare with Suzann Pettersen.

• CIGANDS VS. PRESSEL: At No. 9, Carlota Ciganda makes about a 4-footer for par to go 1 up on Morgan Pressel.

• HULL VS. CREAMER: Paula Creamer of the U.S. goes for the par-5 12th green in two and misses right, while Charley Hull does the same and misses left. Hull pitches close and, although short-sided, chips to about a foot as Creamer concedes birdie to the 17-year-old. Creamer's pitch, on the other hand, is well short of the pin and her long birdie try runs past. Hull is 5 up with six to play.

• MUNOZ VS. LANG: Brittany Lang of the U.S. returns to 2 up as she makes a 5-footer for par at No. 11.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 16, U.S. 12.

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Update No. 11: 5:24 p.m. EDT

• HEDWALL VS. WIE: Michelle Wie of the U.S. makes a short par putt at No. 8 to square her match with Caroline Hedwall.

• SERGAS VS. KORDA: Giulia Sergas of Europe sinks a short par putt to win No. 6 as Jessica Korda's lead shrinks to 1 up.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 15 1/2, U.S. 12 1/2.

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Update No. 10: 5:16 p.m. EDT

• NORDQVIST VS. LEWIS: Stacy Lewis of the U.S. reackes the par-5 12th green in two and makes a long two-putt to convert birdie, squaring the match with Anna Nordqvist.

• HULL VS. CREAMER: Paula Creamer of the U.S. misses a par try at No. 11, her bogey sending her 4 down against Charley Hull with seven to play.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 16, U.S. 12.

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Update No. 9: 5:05 p.m. EDT

• MUNOZ VS. LANG: Azahara Munoz of Europe wins No. 8 with a par putt inside 5 feet that circles the hole as it falls, squaring her match with Brittany Lang.

• NORDQVIST VS. LEWIS: Stacy Lewis of the U.S. hits her approach at the 11th hole to 15-20 feet for a decent look at birdie – but three-putts from there as Anna Nordqvist pulls ahead again, 1 up.

• MATTHEW VS. PILLER: Gerina Piller of the U.S. sinks a 3-footer for par to go 2 up over Catriona Matthew.

• ICHER VS. KERR: Karina Icher of France gives herself a birdie look of less than 10 feet at No. 2, and sinks the putt to go 1 up.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 16 1/2, U.S. 11 1/2.

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Update No. 8: 4:51 p.m. EDT

SERGAS VS. KORDA: Giulia Sergas of Europe misses about a 5-footer for par as Jessica Korda goes 2 up.

PETTERSEN VS. SALAS: Lizette Salas of the U.S. makes about a 4-footer for par to win at No. 4 and go 1 up on Suzann Pettersen.

RECARI VS. STANFORD: Beatriz Recari of Europe goes 1 up at the first hole as she makes about an 8-footer for par to take a quick lead over Angela Stanford. At the next, Stanford hits it to the back of the green but makes about a 10- to 12-footer for birdie; Recari misses her birdie try and the match is all square after a back-and-forth opening two holes.

MUNOZ VS. LANG: Brittany Lang of the U.S. leaves about a 10-footer for par, which she misses and narrows her margin over Azahara Munoz to 1 up.

NORDQVIST VS. LEWIS: Anna Nordqvist of Europe misses the 10th green right, after which her pitch only finds the frings. Stacy Lewis, from the front of the green, hits it within a foot; Nordqvist concedes Lewis' par. Nordqvist then comes up well short on her par try and Stacy Lewis wins the hole to pull the match all square.

MASSON VS. THOMPSON: Caroline Masson of Europe misses a bogey putt at No. 3 and concedes the hole to Lexi Thompson, sending the match to all square.

HULL VS. CREAMER: Paula Creamer of the U.S. misses a bogey putt at No. 9 as Charley Hull goes 3 up.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 15 1/2, U.S. 12 1/2.

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Update No. 7: 4:38 p.m. EDT

EWART SHADOFF VS. LINCICOME: Brittany Lincicome hits it to about 5 feet or so at the first hole and rolls the birdie putt in for a 1 up lead over Jodi Ewart Shadoff out of the gates.

MASSON VS. THOMPSON: With two putts for a win, Caroline Masson of Europe lags within about a foot at No. 2 and is conceded the hole to go 1 up.

MUNOZ VS. LANG: Brittany Lang of the U.S. makes a par to win at no. 6 and go 2 up on Azahara Munoz.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 16 1/2, U.S. 11 1/2.

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Update No. 6: 4:27 p.m. EDT

HULL VS. CREAMER: Charley Hull of Europe has a birdie opportunity inside 10 feet at No. 7 and sinks it to go 2 up on Paula Creamer.

SERGAS VS. KORDA: Jessica Korda of the U.S. makes a 6-footer to par the par-3 second hole and go 1 up over Giulia Sergas.

PETTERSEN VS. SALAS: Lizette Salas of the U.S. hits it to about 4 feet at No. 3 and sinks the birdie putt to square her match with Suzann Pettersen.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 16 1/2, U.S. 11 1/2.

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Update No. 5: 4:19 p.m. EDT

MUNOZ VS. LANG: Brittany Lang of the U.S. has about a 15-footer or so at No. 5 and can two-putt to win the hole; her first putt misses left and long, then the comebacker falls as she goes 1 up on Azahara Munoz.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 17 1/2, U.S. 10 1/2.

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Update No. 4: 4:14 p.m. EDT

HEDWALL VS. WIE: Michelle Wie of the U.S. concedes the third hole after finding trouble as Caroline Hedwall goes 1 up.

HULL VS. CREAMER: Charley Hull of Europe makes a long birdie putt over a ridge at No. 6, after which Paula Creamer fails to hole out from the bunker. Hull takes a 1-up lead.

MATTHEW VS. PILLER: Gerina Piller of the U.S. pars the third hole to go 2 up.

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Update No. 3: 4:04 p.m. EDT

PETTERSEN VS. SALAS: Lizette Salas of the U.S. narrowly misses a birdie putt of about 20 feet, after which Suzann Pettersen converts a 6-foot birdie try and takes a 1-up lead.

CIGANDA VS. PRESSEL: After taking a penalty, Carlota Ciganda of Europe loses the third hole and Morgan Pressel pulls all square once again.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 17, U.S. 11.

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Update No. 2: 3:53 p.m. EDT

MATTHEW VS. PILLER: Catriona Matthew of Europe misses a 5-footer for par at No. 1 to give the U.S. a lead in that match.

MUNOZ VS. LANG: Brittany Lang wins at No. 4 to pull that match all square.

OVERALL: Don't look now, but Carlota Ciganda needs a ruling again after hitting into the bushes. A lengthy ruling that allowed Ciganda to take an illegal drop Friday without penalty is still reverberating through Colorado Golf Club, even as Europe holds a commanding lead.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 17, U.S. 11.

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Update No. 1: 3:42 p.m. EDT

OVERALL: Europe is looking good out of the gates, leading three of the four matches underway with the other two all square. But neither lead is strong: Anna Nordqvist leads Stacy Lewis 1 up through four holes, Azahara Munoz leads Brittany Lang 1 up through two and Carlota Ciganda leads Morgan Pressel 1 up through two.

SCOREBOARD: Europe 10 1/2, U.S. 5 1/2.

PROJECTED: Europe 18, U.S. 10.

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Saturday coverage

Notes: Nordqvist aces; Wie wins again; U.S. closes the gap

When Anna Nordqvist holed a 7-iron at the par-3 17th, it ended all chances of a comeback from Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda. The Europeans put their first, and only, full point on the board courtesy of that shot as the Americans rallied to within half a point.

In must-win situation, Creamer & Lewis deliver for U.S.

Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer knew they were in a must-win scenario for the U.S. on Saturday morning, and mustered together an impressive performance to inch the Americans closer at the Solheim Cup.

How it happened: Europe extends Solheim lead

After opening up a two-point lead after Friday, the Europeans stretched their lead to 10 1/2-5 1/2 after Saturday's action at the Solheim Cup. See how it all unfolded on another exciting day in Colorado.

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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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