With an Ace, Europe Holds onto Its Lead at Solheim Cup
PARKER, Colo. – Instead of seeing their lead disappear at the Solheim Cup, the Europeans saw it only cut in half.
They owed their slender advantage to a hole-in-one by Anna Nordqvist and a half-point from out of nowhere.
Nordqvist crashed a 7-iron on the 175-yard 17th into the pin, then the hole, to give Europe its only win in Saturday morning’s alternate-shot matches. It was the highlight of a topsy-turvy stretch of golf on the back nine that ended with Europe holding a 6-5 lead on the United States.
“It was just an unbelievable shot,” Nordqvist said after she and Caroline Hedwall beat Jessica Korda and Morgan Pressel 2 and 1. “It was the right shot at the right time.”
Pressel, who watched her dreams of a U.S. Open title disappear in 2005 when Birdie Kim holed out from a greenside bunker up the road at Cherry Hills, saw another one slip away cruelly in Colorado.
“Are you kidding me?” she said on the tee box as she watched the shot go in.
The Americans were feeling the same way in the day’s third match after letting a half-point get away.
Brittany Lincicome missed a short putt on No. 17 that would have clinched a win against Caroline Masson and Catriona Matthew. Moving to No. 18, Matthew holed a 6-footer for birdie to pull into a tie with Lincicome and Lizette Salas, who had led since the second hole but couldn’t close it out.
“I feel like I was not putting good,” Lincicome said. “We had so many chances and Lizette played so good today, and just a couple of 5-footers that needed to go in just didn’t.”
It wasn’t all bad news for the Americans.
Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie teamed for a 2-and-1 victory over Suzann Pettersen and Beatriz Recari. The victory improved Wie to 5-0-1 when she plays in the Solheim Cup as a captain’s pick. The Americans were 2 down at the turn but went 1 up over the next three holes, highlighted by a 30-foot birdie putt that dropped for Lang on No. 10.
“Lang was a superstar today,” Wie said.
The United States’ other point came from Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer, who beat Azahara Munoz and Karin Icher 1 up in the day’s most tumultuous match.
Wyndham Championship GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – John Huh shot an even-par 70 for a share of the lead with Patrick Reed after three rounds in the Wyndham Championship.
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) – Bart Bryant shot a 10-under 62 on Saturday to take the second-round lead in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Bryant, a rookie on the Champions Tour, took advantage of another serene day at En-Joie Golf Club, making six birdies in his first seven holes to surge past first-round leader Kenny Perry. Bryant was at 16-under 128, a 36-hole record for the tournament, four shots ahead of Corey Pavin.
Pavin had a 64.