United States sweeps the four-balls

Geneva Matthews
August 20, 2017

Lizette Salas and United States newcomer Danielle Kang each won two matches at Des Moines Golf and Country Club on Friday, teaming to beat Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson one-up for the Americans' lone full point in the morning foursomes.

Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher had to come from behind to beat Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang 2 and 1.

And she hasn't forgotten it, especially not as she was helping give Team USA a strong Day 1 lead at the Solheim Cup. I knew Annika was going to come out firing and, when we split in the morning 2-2, I was really glad to get that over with. "I thought we played great this morning and we played wonderful this afternoon". "We're just going to forget about this day". So overall, just still feel pretty happy how we had the setup.

"I was relaxed playing with my buddy", Lincicome said. Salas opened with three straight birdies to win those holes, and wins on consecutive par 5s helped the duo end the match in 13 holes.

"I glanced at my dad on the last hole, and you can see a smile from ear to ear, like he was so proud", she said. I feel very comfortable with the pairings out there. We're playing a lot of golf this weekend.

Florentina Parker of England and Masson were the next European victims as the two Brittanys, Lang and Lincicome, combined to win 3&2.

That changed the mood considerably after Europe had made the better start on Friday morning. But Matthew, originally earmarked to be an assistant captain, has risen to the replacement task with remarkable nerve, and indeed, quality, considering her recent form.

Only the greatest comeback in team golf history will prevent the US from keeping firm hold of the Solheim Cup.

The fourth match of the morning needed a rousing comeback from Team USA's Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr to earn a halve with Team Europe's Mel Reid and Hull.

Kerr deferred any talk of her own performance in her post-round interview, instead pointing to the birdie putt Thompson made on the first hole as the most important of the day.

Their opponents, Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson, pulled all square on No. 14, but the US won the next two holes.

Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller, who lost 1-up to Karine Icher and Catriona Matthew in the morning, returned to defeat Georgia Hall and Charley Hull 2-1. In Sorenstam's defence is that Hull was keen to play in the Saturday fourballs but was firmly overruled by her captain with a bigger picture in mind. We've been using mantra bands all week and tonight I'll give my team one that says: "She believed she could so she did". We have to do the process.

Creamer became the USA team's all-time leading scorer in foursomes after earning her 8 1/2 point in the morning session, and she was on fire to start her afternoon session. "We've got to believe".

"I said, 'Yeah, you need to calm down, '" Salas said.

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