Wie, Kerr team again in Friday fourball matches


DUNSANY, Ireland – Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr are back together for fourballs in the afternoon pairings at the Solheim Cup.

Here are the matchups and times (Eastern Times):

7:45 a.m. – Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer (USA) vs. Laura Davies and Mel Reid (Europe)

The lowdown: Veterans Pressel and Davies ought to be highly motivated after morning benchings. Neither likely expected to sit. Creamer gained momentum in a key American comeback victory in morning foursomes. Reid’s an untested rookie.

Advantage: USA

8 a.m. – Christina Kim and Ryann O’Toole (USA) vs. Catriona Matthew and Sandra Gal (Europe)

The lowdown: Kim and O’Toole bring slumping forms to these matches, but captain Rosie Jones is throwing them together in hopes they’ll find something together.

Advantage: Europe

8:15 a.m. – Vicky Hurst and Brittany Lincicome (USA) vs. Sophie Gustafson and Caroline Hedwall (Europe)

The lowdown: Rookie/veteran combos squaring off. Hedwall’s won three times this year, an up-and-coming Euro star.

Advantage: Europe

8:30 a.m. – Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie (USA) vs. Suzann Pettersen and Anna Nordqvist (Europe)

The lowdown: Kerr and Wie are a formidable pair, with Wie’s ball striking and Kerr’s putting making them tough to beat. In fourballs, expect them to make a lot of birdies, especially after Wie’s putter looked so solid in the morning foursomes.

Advantage: USA