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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Solheim Cup: Saturday Fourballs

Match 9: Christina Kim/Michelle Wie **5 & 4 vs. Helen Alfredsson/Tania Elosegui

This match was possibly the best of the Cup so far, as the lead changed virtually every hole… and usually with a birdie. It wasn’t unusual to see three or all four players in close and putting for a win. Close friends Kim and Wie were 2 down early on, but ran off 4 straight to dominate the match.

Match 10: Angela Stanford/Brittany Lang **HALVED vs. Catriona Matthew/Diana Luna

Stanford continued to struggle with the putter, burning a lot of edges but not seeing many putts drop. Brittany Lang has been slow getting started, but seems to have gotten over any rookie jitters and is playing well. The Euros must feel good getting this one, as the USA was 2 up going to the 17th. Matthew continues to play extremely well.

Match 11: Nicole Castrale/Cristie Kerr vs. Suzann Pettersen/Anna Nordqvist **1 UP

Pettersen has traditionally been paired with Annika, but the Euros may have found a suitable successor in Nordqvist. This could have been a runaway had Pettersen made any putts, but Nordqvist came up big all day and sunk the winning putt on the 18th.

Match 12: Brittany Lincicome/Kristy McPherson vs. Gwladys Nocera/Maria Hjorth **1 UP

It was inevitable that Lincicome’s putter would eventually cool down, but the two Americans played well together. They brought it back from 3 down, but the Euros squeaked this one out.

The USA traditionally dominates the singles, so the Euros need a good afternoon session to give themselves a realistic chance Sunday. The score after the morning matches:
USA 6, Europe 6.

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