U.S. makes comeback in Saturday foursomes


PARKER, Colo. – Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer got off their Solheim Cup swoons to key the Americans taking the morning foursomes Saturday at Colorado Golf Club.

The United States won the session, 2 ½ to 1 ½, to pull closer to the Euros heading into the afternoon fourballs.

Overall, Europe leads, 6 ½ to 5 ½, through three sessions but will be looking to pad that one-point advantage, given its dismal Sunday singles history.

Lewis and Creamer came up with an important point, defeating Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher, 1 up, in a brilliantly played match that didn’t end so brilliantly, with the Euros picking up their ball and conceding after hitting a pair of shots into bunkers and then nearly losing their ball hitting into a bush, forcing them to take a penalty for an unplayable lie.

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Lewis and Creamer inspired each other, teaming to make six birdies in the alternate-shot format. They needed each other to turn around their own fortunes in these matches.

Lewis lost both her matches Friday, looking out of sorts. Creamer lost her opening match Friday and sat in the afternoon. They sparked each other from the get go, building a commanding 4-up lead in their foursomes match, but they would make the finish more interesting than either intended. They squandered that lead in a match full of fireworks, with the Euros winning four holes in a row on the back nine.

The match didn’t end until the Euros fell apart at the 18th with all those errant shots.

“They rallied on the back nine,” Lewis said. “They made a bunch of birdie putts, and they made us make putts. It was a great match. It was back and forth all day.”

The morning matches featured more fireworks from the “Swedish Vikings,” as captain Liselotte Neumann calls Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall. Nordqvist finished with a walk-off hole-in-one to win the opening match of the morning session. Nordqvist holed a 7-iron at the 180-yard 17th hole to secure a 2-and-1 victory against Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda.

Nordqvist ended Pressel’s run of nine consecutive Solheim matches without a loss. She also helped mend some of the lumps Pressel has given her in these matches. Pressel defeated Nordqvist in Sunday singles in the last two Solheim Cups.

In the morning’s third match, Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas were 2 up with two holes to go and lost them both to Catriona Matthew and Caroline Masson, settling for a halved match.

In the fourth match, Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang defeated Suzann Pettersen and Beatriz Recari, 2 and 1.