U.S. rallies before play suspended at Solheim Cup


ST. LEON-ROT, Germany – This won’t be your average Sunday at the Solheim Cup. So much hangs in the balance that, right now, singles is almost an afterthought.

The U.S. won the first match of the Saturday fourball session and Europe leads the Solheim Cup, 8-5, before darkness suspended play. Three matches remain on the course at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club. The U.S. leads two of those matches, 1 up, and Europe leads the other match by the same score.

Essentially, the score can range anywhere from an 11-5 European route to an 8-8 tie when the session ends early Sunday.

The restart will be at 8:45 a.m. local time and singles lineups must be submitted 10 minutes after the last putt of the fourball session drops. Singles will begin at 10:40 a.m.

“At least we have a little bit of red on the board,” U.S. captain Juli Inkster said. “Haven’t seen a lot of that in the last couple days.

“We’ve got to finish those three matches tomorrow. We’ve got to finish strong. I think the Europeans have played 17 and 18 maybe just a little bit better than us, and we need to buckle down and get those last two holes.”

Said Cristie Kerr: “We’re starting to feel the momentum shift in our direction and I think everybody will go out there, stay positive, stay aggressive and loose tomorrow. Try to hole some putts and just try to take care of our job. We can’t really do anything else.”

Kerr teamed with Lexi Thompson to win the first fourball match, 3 and 2, over Spaniards Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda. Lewis and Gerina Piller hold a 1-up lead over Caroline Masson and Caroline Hedwall after 16 holes. Alison Lee birdied the 15th hole to take a 1-up lead with Brittany Lincicome in their match against Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull.

Europe’s Karine Icher and Catriona Matthew lead Lizette Salas and Brittany Lang, 1 up, after 15 holes. Matthew birdied the 14th hole.