Surprise, surprise: Munoz, Icher stun Creamer, Kerr


PARKER, Colo. – Europe found a dynamic Solheim Cup duo and it was the least likely combo of any of the four teams sent out Friday morning.

Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher played the role of giant-killers at Colorado Golf Club, easily defeating the most powerful American squad of Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr, 2 and 1, in foursomes.

The match really was never that close. In fact, the Americans never led and the match was never squared.

It was an odd start for Kerr and Creamer as they three-putted the first hole for bogey to immediately fall behind. It looked like they would square the match on the seventh hole when Kerr started walking in a birdie attempt, but the putt never dropped.

The momentum immediately switched to Europe’s favor when Icher drained a 20-foot birdie putt on eight, Munoz made a 35-footer for birdie on nine and Icher made another 25-footer for birdie on the 10th hole. The Americans quickly were 4 down.

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“We didn’t seem to get any momentum right off the bat,” Kerr said. “Couldn’t seem to get anything to drop. We didn’t get the momentum until the last few holes, but it was too late.”

Said Creamer: “It’s very unfortunate. We grinded it. We just went up against a good team.”

It was the first time Creamer and Kerr lost as a pair. They were 2-0-1 before this defeat.

Creamer will sit out the afternoon fourball session. Kerr is paired with Michelle Wie in the day’s last match against Catriona Matthew and 17-year-old Charley Hull.

Surprisingly, both Munoz and Icher are sitting out the afternoon.