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Europe draw level at Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup
Venue: Sugar Grove Golf Club, Illinois Date: 21-23 August
Coverage: Reports on the BBC Sport website


Anna Nordqvist and Suzann Pettersen
Europe's Anna Nordqvist and Suzann Pettersen celebrate their victory

Europe have a real chance of wresting the Solheim Cup from the United States after drawing level going into Sunday's singles at Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Behind 4½-3½ to the reigning champions after day one, Europe seized 4½ points on Saturday to draw level at 8-8.

It might have been even better for the Europeans, who led 8-6 before the US won the last two foursomes matches.

Europe, who have lost the last two Solheim Cups, need 14-½ points to win for the first time on American soil.

"We haven't been that good over the years, but we have won singles series and we've got nothing to lose," said European captain Alison Nicholas. "We just got to go out there and play our hearts out."

The Americans, who lead the series 7-3 overall, won the last two matches of the day in fading light to give themselves a late boost for the 12 singles encounters.

"I'm really proud of them for the way they came back," said US captain Beth Daniel. "It was not looking too good for us for a while and they really rallied in those last couple of matches.

They played great and we just kind of gave them the match... we didn't play very well out there

Paula Creamer on foursomes defeat to Gustafson and Moodie

"That was huge, and it also should be a huge momentum swing for us to come back that way."

Swede Sophie Gustafson and Britain's Janice Moodie set the tone for the visitors in the afternoon's first match, thumping world number four Paula Creamer and Cup veteran Juli Inkster 4&3.

Creamer and the 49-year-old Inkster failed to register a single birdie on their own ball and never recovered after losing the first two holes.

"They played great and we just kind of gave them the match," said Creamer after losing her first point of the week in her third outing. "We didn't play very well out there."

Briton Becky Brewerton and Gwladys Nocera of France piled up five birdies in a flawless display to sweep aside Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim 5&4 and put Europe ahead 8-6.

However, the Americans levelled as Kristy McPherson and Morgan Pressel beat Helen Alfredsson and Suzann Pettersen two up before Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie scraped past Swedes Anna Nordqvist and Maria Hjorth one up.

606: DEBATE

Kerr and Wie were fortunate to halve the par-four 17th after running up a double-bogey and they also halved the last when Horth missed a six-foot birdie putt in the gathering gloom.

Earlier, the Europeans capitalised on a late shift in momentum to tie the score at 6-6 after winning two, losing one and halving one of the morning's fourball matches.

Norway's Pettersen and Swede Nordqvist edged Nicole Castrale and Kerr one up with Nordqvist sealing victory by ramming in a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.

Nocera and Hjorth held off a late fightback by Brittany Lincicome and McPherson to win one up while Britain's Catriona Matthew and Italian Diana Luna recovered from two down with two holes remaining to halve their match with Angela Stanford and Brittany Lang.

The Americans had registered the day's first point when Wie and Kim crushed Swede Alfredsson and Spaniard Tania Elosegui 5&4 to put the US ahead by 5-½ to 3-1/2.


DAY THREE PAIRINGS

(1605 BST) Paula Creamer v Suzann Pettersen

(1615) Angela Stanford v Becky Brewerton

(1625) Michelle Wie v Helen Alfredsson

(1635) Brittany Lang v Laura Davies

(1645) Juli Inkster v Gwladys Nocera

(1655) Kristy McPherson v Catriona Matthew

(1705) Brittany Lincicome v Sophie Gustafson

(1715) Nicole Castrale v Diana Luna

(1725) Christina Kim v Tania Elosegui

(1735) Cristie Kerr v Maria Hjorth

(1745) Morgan Pressel v Anna Nordqvist

(1755) Natalie Gulbis v Janice Moodie


DAY TWO RESULTS

USA 8-8 EUROPE

Morning Fourballs (USA names first)

Match 9: Christina Kim & Michelle Wie bt Helen Alfredsson & Tania Elosegui 5 & 4

Match 10: Angela Stanford & Brittany Lang halved with Catriona Matthew & Diana Luna

Match 11: Nicole Castrale & Cristie Kerr lost to Suzann Pettersen & Anna Nordqvist 2down

Match 12: Brittany Lincicome & Kristy McPherson lost to Gwladys Nocera & Maria Hjorth 1down

Afternoon Foursomes:

Match 13: Paula Creamer & Juli Inkster lost to Sophie Gustafson & Janice Moodie 4 & 3

Match 14: Kristy McPherson & Morgan Pressel bt Helen Alfredsson & Suzann Pettersen 2up

Match 15: Natalie Gulbis & Christina Kim lost to Becky Brewerton & Gwladys Nocera 5 & 4

Match 16: Cristie Kerr & Michelle Wie bt Anna Nordqvist & Maria Hjorth 1up


DAY ONE RESULTS

USA 4½-3½ EUROPE

Morning Fourballs (USA names first)

Match 1: Paula Creamer & Cristie Kerr bt Suzann Pettersen & Sophie Gustafson 1up

Match 2: Angela Stanford & Juli Inkster lost to Helen Alfredsson & Tania Elosegui 1down

Match 3: Brittany Lang & Brittany Lincicome bt Laura Davies & Becky Brewerton 5 & 4

Match 4: Morgan Pressel & Michelle Wie halved with Catriona Matthew & Maria Hjorth

USA 2½ Europe 1½

Afternoon Foursomes

Match 5: Christina Kim & Natalie Gulbis bt Suzann Pettersen & Sophie Gustafson 4 & 2

Match 6: Angela Stanford & Nicole Castrale lost to Becky Brewerton & Gwladys Nocera 3 & 1

Match 7: Kristy McPherson & Brittany Lang lost to Maria Hjorth & Anna Nordqvist 3 & 2

Match 8: Paula Creamer & Juli Inkster bt Catriona Matthew & Janice Moodie 2 & 1

United States 2 Europe 2



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see also
Europe hit back but still trail
22 Aug 09 |  Golf
Davies craves Cup success in US
20 Aug 09 |  Golf
Davies qualifies for Solheim Cup
02 Aug 09 |  Golf
Neumann & Morley get Solheim call
25 Mar 08 |  Golf
Nicholas to lead Solheim Cup team
05 Nov 07 |  Golf


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