SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – By the end of the day it’s highly likely that the best match of the day will get lost in the shuffle. The first game out pitting the two best Americans, Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr, against European heavyweights Suzann Pettersen and Sophie Gustafson produced some of the best golf in the history of the Solheim Cup.
Ultimately it was the U.S. which won the match, 1 up, but in the meantime there were 15 birdies between the four players. Kerr was the most impressive, draining five birdies, including ones on the crucial 17th and 18th holes to close out the match. The LPGA’s leading money winner also converted several key par putts to halve holes.
“Putting is my favorite part of the game,” Kerr said moments after the victory. “I feel like I can read these greens pretty well. I knew, with Paula struggling a little on the front I knew I had to come up big. I just got it rolling and sometimes it keeps going.”
Creamer struggled to find her swing at times but came up big with a birdie from 35 feet on the seventh hole for a half and another from 45 feet on the 16th hole.