Solheim Cup: Here’s where things stand going into day 2

(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) /

The Americans rallied during the Solheim Cup afternoon fourball matches but both teams have surprising strengths & weaknesses.

As the Solheim Cup heads into the second day of foursome and fourball competition let’s take a look at the team standings and individual player contributions to team points.

The Americans got off to a sluggish start in the first round of foursome matches but the Europeans came to the tee ready to play for the win. In the end, Team Europe had the edge 2½ – 1½ at the conclusion of the morning matches. Only Lizette Salas and Solheim Cup rookie Danielle Kang managed to put a full point on the board for Team USA. Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson played Charley Hull and Mel Reid to a hotly contested draw with both teams picking up half a point.

The Americans came back strong for the afternoon foursome matches and made a clean sweep of things. It was an historic first for Team USA.

This breakdown of pairings reveals some unanticipated strengths and weaknesses in both teams.

Team USA: 5½

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Danielle Kang of Team USA. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) /

Team Europe: 2½

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Captain, Annika Sorenstam of Team Europe. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Play resumes Saturday morning with a second round of foursome matches followed again by fourball matches in the afternoon. Follow this link to monitor Saturday morning foursome pairings announcements.

Next: Team USA Ready to defend

Golf Channel begins live broadcast of the second round at 8am ET. It’s going to be a second long day of some very fine golf.