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
Team Europe: 2½
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.
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.