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Europe on verge of Solheim Cup history

Europe on verge of Solheim Cup history

PARKER, Colo. (AP) — The Europeans are closing in on their first Solheim Cup victory in America.

Carlota Ciganda of Spain completed a perfect week by handing Morgan Pressel her first singles loss. Charley Hull, the 17-year-old from England, had an effortless time with Paula Creamer in the most dominant match Sunday at Colorado Golf Club. She won on the 14th hole.

Europe had 13 points & was ahead in three matches when lightning in the area caused a one-hour delay. Europe needs only 14 points to retain the cup, a half-point more to claim outright victory. The Europeans have never retained the cup since the event began in 1990.

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Europe finally wins the Solheim Cup in America

Europe finally wins the Solheim Cup in America

PARKER, Colo. (AP) — Europe showed Sunday it can win the Solheim Cup anywhere.

Caroline Hedwall became the first player in Solheim Cup history to win all five of her matches, holing a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 1-up victory that assured the Europeans retaining the cup. Moments later, Catriona Matthew finished off a rally to halve her match against Gerina Piller. That gave Europe 14 1/2 points for its first win on American soil since this event in 1990.

And it wasn’t even close.

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Golf-U.S. tempers fray as Europe push to brink of Solheim win

Golf-U.S. tempers fray as Europe push to brink of Solheim win

Aug 17 (Reuters) – Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist holed-in-one to clinch a morning point in style as Europe tightened their grip on the Solheim Cup & the United States’ tempers frayed during a controversial second day in Parker, Colorado on Saturday.

Europe opened up a 10.5-5.5 lead over the U.S. at the close, dominating the fourballs on an afternoon marred by an astonishing tiff over ball placements between the American pairing of Morgan Pressel & Cristie Kerr & their opponents Karine Icher & Beatriz Recari.

Relations, already strained in the morning when organisers admitted to a mistaken ruling in Europe’s favour during Friday’s play, became acrimonious as Pressel & Kerr quarreled with Icher & Recari on the 16th hole for over half an hour.

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U.S. tempers fray as Europe push to brink of Solheim win

U.S. tempers fray as Europe push to brink of Solheim win

(Reuters) – Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist holed-in-one to clinch a morning point in style as Europe tightened their grip on the Solheim Cup & the United States’ tempers frayed during a controversial second day in Parker, Colorado on Saturday.

Europe opened up a 10.5-5.5 lead over the U.S. at the close, dominating the fourballs on an afternoon marred by an astonishing tiff over ball placements between the American pairing of Morgan Pressel & Cristie Kerr & their opponents Karine Icher & Beatriz Recari.

Relations, already strained in the morning when organisers admitted to a mistaken ruling in Europe’s favor during Friday’s play, became acrimonious as Pressel & Kerr quarreled with Icher & Recari on the 16th hole for over half an hour.

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Solheim Cup at a Glance

Solheim Cup at a Glance

PARKER, Colo. (AP) — A brief look at Saturday from the Solheim Cup at Colorado Golf Club.

SCORE: Europe 10 1/2, United States 5 1/2.

EUROPEAN STARS: Caroline Hedwall improved to 4-0 for the week & Karine Icher made a 45-foot putt on No. 18 to close out Europe’s afternoon sweep.

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A teenager shines as Europe on cusp of Solheim Cup

A teenager shines as Europe on cusp of Solheim Cup

PARKER, Colo. (AP) — Europe has its largest lead ever on American soil going into the final day at the Solheim Cup.

English teen Charley Hull finally felt nervous & responded with a clutch putt that set up the Europeans for a momentum-setting win Saturday. Another rookie, Carlota Ciganda, made a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole to deliver another point.

The Americans thought they had momentum after a strong morning session. But they failed to win a point in the afternoon. With one match still on the course – thanks to another embarrassing ruling that took nearly a half-hour – Europe was assured of at least a four-point lead going to Sunday singles.

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Lewis gets on board for US at Solheim Cup

Lewis gets on board for US at Solheim Cup

PARKER, Colo. (AP) — The drama for Stacy Lewis was approximately the golf Saturday, not the rules.

The day after a rules debacle left her standing on the 15th green for more than 25 minutes, America’s highest-ranked player finally received on the board at the Solheim Cup, teaming with Paula Creamer for a back-and-forth, 1-up victory over Azahara Munoz & Karin Icher.

”We had a blast today,” said Lewis, the Women’s British Open champion who is ranked second in the world.

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It was a tense match, filled with huge momentum shifts and, ultimately, a gift from the Europeans.

Heading into Saturday afternoon’s matches, Europe led 6 1/2-5 1/2.

Tied on the 18th hole of the morning’s alternate-shot match, Lewis put Creamer in trouble when she smothered her approach shot into trees to the left of the green. But Icher hit an even worse shot, thinning her third shot out of a fairway bunker & lodging the ball inside a yucca plant in front of the sand.

Creamer successfully hit the third shot out of trouble. After a drop & a offensive pitch, the Europeans were lying 6 & conceded the hole & the match. The United States received the victory – Lewis’ first in three tries this week – after squandering a 4-up lead after 10 holes.

Munoz & Icher made three birdies & a par to win four straight holes & tie the match heading to the 15th tee box, which is where the drama began for Lewis the day before.

”I was just hoping we weren’t going to spend 27 minutes on the green again,” she said. ”So, the fact that we received out of there pretty quick was nice.”

Lewis hit the wedge to 8 feet & Creamer converted the birdie to put the Americans ahead again.

Quite a different scene from Friday, when rules officials took nearly a half-hour to decide where Carlota Ciganda should drop after she hit her ball in a hazard fronting the green. Ciganda ended up getting up & down for par to halve the hole & Europe went on to defeat Lewis & Lexi Thompson 1 up. Officials after acknowledged they had made an incorrect ruling, yet couldn’t alter the result.

Lewis reiterated her frustration with the scenario, especially the long wait that sapped her momentum & that of the American team behind her, which moreover lost.

”When you have to sit there & just stand around & stand around, it’s complex to hit a putt or shot or anything,” Lewis said. ”It just throws you out of your rhythm. And golf is a lot of rhythm & momentum, & especially in match play. So, it unquestionably had an effect.”

ACE IN PLACE: It’s no overstatement to say Anna Nordqvist finished with a bang.

The Swede slammed a 7-iron off the flagpole & into the cup for an ace on the par-3 17th hole to put a sudden end to her match against Morgan Pressel & Jessica Korda.

The hole-in-one gave Nordqvist & Caroline Hedwall a 2-and-1 victory & was satisfactory for Europe’s only win in the morning alternate-shot matches.

”It’s unquestionably one of the highlights of my career,” Nordqvist said. ”It’s not many times you can actually hole out to win the match.”

Rare, indeed.

Among the few times it’s happened in these match-play events was at the Ryder Cup in 2006, when Paul Casey aced the 14th hole to close out a win over Dustin Johnson & Stewart Cink.

For Pressel, however, the memories might have come from her last huge tournament in the Denver area – the 2005 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills. Back then, she covered her head with her hands in dismay in the 18th fairway as Birdie Kim holed out from a greenside bunker to end Pressel’s hopes for a playoff. This time, Pressel was standing on the tee box when she saw her chance at victory slip away.

”Are you kidding me?” she said, as she watched the ball go in.

No.

Nordqvist figures she’ll be buying some drinks to celebrate this one.

”I guess it might be pretty expensive for me, a lot of people are watching,” she said. ”But it’s one of the moments that I’m really going to remember for a long time.”

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With an ace, Europe hangs onto Solheim lead

With an ace, Europe hangs onto Solheim lead

PARKER, Colo. (AP) — Instead of seeing their lead disappear at the Solheim Cup, the Europeans saw it only cut in half.

They owed their slender advantage to a hole-in-one by Anna Nordqvist & a half-point from out of nowhere.

Nordqvist crashed a 7-iron on the 175-yard 17th into the pin, then the hole, to donate Europe its only win in Saturday morning’s alternate-shot matches. It was the highlight of a topsy-turvy stretch of golf on the back nine that ended with Europe holding a 6 1/2-5 1/2 lead over the United States.

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