After Team Europe seized a 5-3 points lead on the first day of the Solheim Cup, the Americans battled back on their home turf in Saturday morning's matches, closing the gap in the standings to one.
Europe still leads 6.5 to 5.5 as the late four-ball matches progress, but Team USA applied the pressure in the early going on Day 2 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo.
SolheimCupEurope.com. Results current as of 7 p.m. ET
|Result||Team USA||Team Europe|
|Europe wins 2 & 1||Morgan Pressel & Jessica Korda||Anna Nordqvist & Caroline Hedwall|
|USA Wins 1 Up||Stacy Lewis & Paula Creamer||Azahara Munoz & Karine Icher|
|Halved||Brittany Lincicome & Lizette Salas||Catriona Matthew & Caroline Masson|
|USA Wins 2 & 1||Michelle Wie & Brittany Lang||Suzann Pettersen & Beatriz Recari|
Golf Channel's Randall Mell outlined the historical significance of Nordqvist's ace, which is thought to be the first in Solheim Cup history:
It's hard to fault Pressel and Korda for going down like that, but thankfully their compatriots were there to pick up the slack.
This is more rare than a walk-off grand slam. Anna Nordqvist's hole-in-one to win match is believed to be the first ace in Solheim history.— Randall Mell (@RandallMellGC) August 17, 2013
Can the Americans overcome a deficit of two points or more in singles on Sunday?
Things would have been tied up for Team USA if not for a late push by Catriona Matthew and Caroline Masson, who took the last two holes from Lizette Salas and Brittany Lincicome to steal a half.
Captain's pick Michelle Wie continued her impressive form thus far with her second point in as many matches alongside Brittany Lang. They bested Suzann Pettersen and Beatriz Recari on Nos. 10 through 12 to evaporate the latter tandem's two-up lead entering the back nine, ultimately winning two and one.
Wie is a former prodigy who hasn't quite panned out to date, but she's relishing the moment on this big stage:
If the past is any indication, it appears the Americans will have to mount another comeback as Saturday evening winds down to position themselves to take back the cup this year.
Note: Statistics and match information are courtesy of SolheimCupEurope.com.