ST. LEON-ROT, Germany – The second match of the Solheim Cup’s afternoon fourball session had several subplots for a match that wasn’t particularly close or competitive.
Charley Hull and Gwladys Nocera built a 4-up lead after 12 holes for Europe and easily defeated Alison Lee and Angela Stanford, 3 and 2. Hull made seven birdies and credited Nocera’s steady game with allowing Hull to take dead aim at most of the flags at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club.
Hull, 19, won both her matches on Friday (the morning foursomes while paired with Melissa Reid) and now has a 4-1 career record in the Solheim Cup.
“I just play my own game,” Hull said. “Well, I don’t know. Something happens. I feel like I putt well under pressure at the Solheim.”
On the other side, the rookie Lee has dealt with food poisoning for most of the week and U.S. captain Juli Inkster didn’t feel comfortable enough putting Lee in the morning foursomes lineup. Lee went out in the fourball match with Stanford and played well, but Hull was too tough to tame.
“I woke up this morning and I felt brand new and I was hitting some balls and I felt good,” Lee said. “I feel like I hit a lot of shots today. Everything that happened today was everything I could have imagined.”
Stanford didn’t play in the morning and her loss in the afternoon now moves her career Solheim Cup record to a staggering 3-12-3. She has lost each of her last eight Solheim Cup matches.