SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Europe took a major momentum shift into Saturday afternoon’s matches.
The Solheim Cup is 6-6 going into the final foursomes session.
With a strong finish, the Europeans won the Saturday morning fourballs 2 ½ to 1 ½.
The Americans were up in three of the four morning matches before Europe took control.
The Europeans took charge with ownership of the 18th hole.
After Americans Michelle Wie and Christina Kim defeated Helen Alfredsson and Tania Elosegui 5 and 4 in the first morning fourballs match, all three of the remaining matches went to the 18th hole. Europe was 2-0-1 in those matches.
Americans Angela Stanford and Brittany Lang had Catriona Matthew and Diana Luna dormie going to the 17th tee, but Matthew rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt to win the 17th hole and Luna rolled in a 15-foot birdie at the 18th to win the hole and halve the match.
Americans Nicole Castrale and Cristie Kerr needed to win the 18th hole to halve their match with Suzann Pettersen and Anna Nordqvist, but Nordqvist rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt to clinch the match.
Americans Brittany Lincicome and Kristy McPherson won three consecutive holes to square the match after 15 holes, but they arrived at the 18th needing to win the hole to halve the match. Europe ’s Maria Hjorth holed a 4-foot par putt with Gwladys Nocera as her partner to clinch the match.
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