2011 Solheim Cup: Europe Takes the Lead After Day 1

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2011

Azahara Muñoz of Spain
Azahara Muñoz of SpainAndy Lyons/Getty Images

The first day of the 2011 Solheim Cup displayed foursome and four ball matches. All members of team USA played at least once, while Christel Boeljon was the only Euro who missed activity. The score after Day 1 favors the European Team 4.5 to 3.5.

In the first foursome match Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr defeated Maria Hjorth and Anna Nordqvist. Americans only lost the lead twice, at holes eight and 15, after the Euros halved the match. Nonetheless, Wie and Kerr went on to win the last two holes, for a final score of 2&1.

Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome gave the States another point. After leading through four, Karen Stupples and Melissa Reid managed to halve the match and lead until 16. The Americans went to make clutch putts on 17 and 18 to defeat them one up.

Catriona Matthew and Azahara Muñoz gave Europe their first point. The Euros led all the way, while Stacy Lewis and Angela Stanford only won one hole. The final result was 3&2.

Sophie Gustafson and Suzann Pettersen tied the foursomes after winning their match. They took advantage of their expertise and defeated Brittany Lang and Juli Inkster one up, in the most exciting match.

With the score tied at two, the four ball matches were to come.

The Euros seemed to have everything under control; they even led every match at one point, but couldn't keep the momentum.

Sophie Gustafson and Caroline Hedwall defeated Vicky Hurst and Brittany Lincicome, 5&4; the Americans couldn't win a single hole.

Ryan O'Toole and Christina Kim led after six holes, but Catriona Matthew and Sandra Gal came back and turned the score over, to lead from hole eight to 16. Finally the Americans managed to halve the match.

Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel were having a smooth ride until the front nine. Laura Davies and Melissa Reid managed to overtake them and dominate the match until hole 16. The Americans sank two important birdie putts in the last two holes to win the match one up.

Finally, Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr tried to repeat their performance at foursomes, but fell short. Suzann Pettersen and Anna Nordqvist dominated from hole one to 12, the Americans halved the match, but couldn't keep the momentum going and the Euros took over at hole 15 to finally win in 18, two up.

Tomorrow, they will play foursomes and four balls again, and finally on Sunday they'll face off in singles matches.