As Team USA staged a rally with 2 matches halved on the last hole, europe finished an opening afternoon of the 16th Solheim Cup with a one-point lead.
Captains Catriona Matthew and Juli Inkster assured that 12 of their players saw some activity under sunny skies at Gleneagles on day one, along with both teams created a mixed-bag of golf with Europe’s higher consistency proving the difference.
One point ahead following the morning foursomes, Europe prevented a repeat of the fourballs whitewash in Ohio and appeared to open up a three-point edge when they led in two matches moving up the 18th.
But a last-ditch birdie from Lexi Thompson refused Bronte Law and Carlota Ciganda, who’d been down two with four to play in a match in which the lead changed hands seven times, while Charley Hull and also Azahara Munoz frittered away a four-hole guide with six to play with and had to pay for a half when Brittany Altomare holed a 20-foot putt for birdie at the last.
Suzann Pettersen went a very long way to justifying her wildcard selection when she combined well with Dutch rookie Anne van Dam, whose three birdies in four holes set them on track for a comfortable 2 & 4 win on the feisty Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas, although the issue of slow play was again raised as it required them over five hours to play 16 holes.
But Swedish stalwarts Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall made only 1 birdie since they were outplayed by overdue Ally McDonald and Angel Yin, who cruised to a 5 & 7 win that put the first red in the afternoon session.
Legislation and Ciganda followed up their morning half-point with a valiant come-from-behind functionality against Thompson and Jessica Korda, the European group making three straight birdies to turn a two-hole deficit to a one-up lead going up the past, however the house pair were unable to fit Thompson’s birdie four.
And, with light fading Hull and Munoz were refused a 100 percent record when Nelly Korda and Altomare birdied the final three holes to grab another priceless half for the team of Inkster.
The Korda sisters had earlier created history as the first priest to play with each other in the competition, and they made an outstanding operation to crush Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Caroline Masson 6&4 in game three, but that proved the only real win for its holders as Europe led into the day fourballs using a 2.5-1.5 advantage.
Law’s first preference of Solheim Cup activity resulted in a battling half of Ciganda at the top game against Morgan Pressel and Marina Alex, until Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier place the very first gloomy on the board with a 2&1 win over Thompson and Altomare – Thompson’s first defeat in case because 2013.
Hull and Munoz rounded off an morning for Matthew’s staff using a 2&1 victory over Megan Kang and Annie Park at the anchor suit, although the group made just 1 birdie in an experience that has been short on quality.
Matthew did spring a surprise for her day line-up when she rested Hall and guaranteed that all 12 of her gamers could see some activity on the first day, while Inkster also selected the four players that sat from the foursomes, although she separated the jubilant Korda sisters.
But Inkster might have been the captain since the day’s action finished in conditions, using their two late halved matches preventing an enormous lead for Matthew’s team going into day two.