The Saturday morning foursome matches at the Solheim Cup began teeing off while the temperature in Parker, Colorado was still down in the chilly range. Team USA, lagging behind Team Europe by 2 matches, faced an uphill climb just to get to all square. Yesterday’s runaway matches were a thing of the past. Team USA came to the tee box ready to play some golf!
Meg Mallon paired Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda against Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall in a match that went back and forth for 15 holes. Then, going in to 16, Team Europe nailed a birdie put and was 1 up with 2 holes remaining. Nordqvist teed off for the Europeans on the par-3 17 and executed one of those simply perfect shots that flew, bounced, and then rolled gently toward and into the cup. Her Ace ended that round with another point for Team Europe.
Stacy Lewis, who played and lost 2 matches on Friday with Solheim rookie partners, was paired with Paula Creamer in a match against Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher that looked like it belonged to Team USA through the 10th hole. Then Munoz and Icher took a deep collective breath, got focused, and took 4 holes in a row, 3 of them with impressive birdie putts. The teams halved 16 and Team Europe birdied 17, so the 2nd match went to 18 all square. Team Europe fell on hard times and conceded the hole before the final putt, putting another point in the Team USA column.
Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas kept Team USA in the lead throughout their match against Catriona Matthew and Caroline Masson but this one also went 18 holes. Down 1 going in to 18, Catriona Matthew sent her putt right down the pipeline and into the cup for a birdie and the match was halved.
Playing for Team USA, Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang trailed Suzann Petersen and Beatriz Recari, a team that seemed unbeatable in Friday’s matches, through the 10th hole. Then Team USA picked up some birdies and took the lead on the 12th hole. By 14 the match was all square, and then birdies on 16 and 17 ended the match and put another point in the Team USA column.
At the end of the morning matches Team USA was back in the game, although still trailing by 1 point. But the American girls got their flat sticks working on Saturday morning and were in hot pursuit of the coveted Solheim Cup! They need to keep up the pressure in the afternoon 4 ball matches!