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Friday, August 21, 2009

Solheim Cup: Friday Fourballs

Match 1: Paula Creamer/Cristie Kerr **1 UP vs. Suzann Pettersen/Sophie Gustafson

This was clearly the marquee match, featuring some of the fieriest players on both sides. Dubbed “the Kerreamer pairing” by Cristie Kerr, the duo never had a lead until the 16th hole. The USA won this match on Kerr’s determination, pure and simple.

Match 2: Angela Stanford/Juli Inkster vs. Helen Alfredsson/Tania Elosegui **1 UP

Elosequi, from Spain, isn’t well-known over here, but she’s an extremely good ball striker; and Alfredsson became the first golfer (male or female) to qualify for team play after being a captain. (Ray Floyd played Ryder Cup after being a captain, but he was a captain’s choice.) Stanford and Inkster struggled all morning; Stanford nearly jarred a bunker shot on the 18th to halve the match, but Alfredsson got up and down from a tough lie for birdie and the win.

Match 3: Brittany Lang/Brittany Lincicome **5 & 4 vs. Laura Davies/Becky Brewerton

The battle of the Brits―Davies from England, Brewerton from Wales, and the two Brittanies―was a battle of long ball hitters. Lincicome was clearly one of the best US players in the morning. Laura Davies had an unusually awful day and was never a factor; Brewerton did a good job taking the match as long as it went.

Match 4: Morgan Pressel/Michelle Wie **HALVED vs. Catriona Matthew/Maria Hjorth

Morgan had nicknamed their team “Team Wiessel,” but they nearly got popped by the Euros. Matthew had her second child only about three months ago… and has already won a major (the Ricoh Women’s British Open) since her return. I think she has one of the simplest, most rhythmic swings in golf… and it was on display this morning. The long wet course clearly took its toll on Morgan, as she struggled to hit many of the greens. Michelle Wie showed that she deserved to be a captain’s pick, making crucial shots and putts under pressure; she was the primary reason the team came back from 2 down. “Wiessel” were one up on 17 and 18 but had to settle for a half.

Midway in the matches the Euros led 3-1, but the Americans hung tough. The score after the morning matches:
USA 2 1/2, Europe 1 1/2

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