Euro captain Nicholas jumps for joy over split


DUNSANY, Ireland – Alison Nicholas looked like she was in a pair of rocket boots after Suzann Pettersen holed an 8-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to win a point for Europe in the final match of Friday’s morning foursomes at the Solheim Cup.

Nicholas was crazy with joy after Pettersen holed the putt. She leaped repeatedly, howling and punching the sky. The early display of emotion showed just how much Europe wants to end this three-match losing streak to the Americans.

Pettersen teamed with Sophie Gustafson to win a key point, 1 up, against Juli Inkster and Brittany Lang. The putt salvaged a 2-2 morning after it looked like the Euros would secure at least three points.

“I had missed a few short putts to keep them in the match earlier on, but Sophie left me the easiest putt on the last with a great approach and my putt was right on the middle,” Pettersen said. “I wasn’t feeling too nervous over it.”