Slender lead for Europe after day one

Slender lead for Europe after day one

The morning foursomes were shared 2-2 but the home side had the advantage in the afternoon fourballs, winning them 2-1/2-1-1/2 after being up in all four matches at one point.

“My team played with passion and purpose,” Europe captain Alison Nicholas told reporters.

“It's been a long day and I'm exhausted but it was entertainment from start to finish.

“Tomorrow I want the crowd to come out and shout and scream for Europe. This is a home match and I want them to really get on our side -- they mustn't be shy.”
Suzann Pettersen and Sophie Gustafson both picked up two points for Europe while Paula Creamer shone for the visitors.

The American teamed up with Brittany Lincicome to defeat Karen Stupples and Melissa Reid one up in the morning after winning the last two holes.

Creamer then combined with Morgan Pressel to overcome Reid and Laura Davies by the same margin after again taking the final two holes, Pressel sinking an 18-foot birdie putt at the last.

It means Briton Davies, who has played in all 12 Solheim Cups, must wait to record the half-point she needs to overtake Swede Annika Sorenstam as the all-time leading scorer in the event. World number two Pettersen rolled in a birdie putt on the final green to win her foursomes with Gustafson and then joined Anna Nordqvist in a stunning two-hole win over US pair Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie.

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