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Americans lead, but Davies makes great escape to keep Europeans in it

But what could have been academic — a collapse by the Americans after watching such a spectacle — wasn't anything like that.

Pressel and Creamer played the last two holes to a draw and actually had two decent looks at winning the match on the 18th green. They missed. Still, given the things went down on No. 16, maybe it was really the young Americans who salvaged the half point.

"What are you going to do?" Creamer said when asked how she and Pressel rebounded. "We had two holes left. It's not over. At that point, it was all-square. There's a lot of golf left."

It was definitely a moment to remember, and on the 18th green, Pressel and Creamer added another.

After they missed their putts, Davies and Johnson each had testy 3-footers to ensure the tie. The Americans conceded the putts to finish the match, which took nearly six hours to complete, at all-square. It was a classy act of sportsmanship that events like these are designed to bring out in players, but too often don't.

"We both deserved to win that match with the finish we had on the last couple holes," Creamer said. "I think that's the way you play the Solheim Cup."

Besides the shot by Davies, it was the weather that made this day memorable.

The day started with breezy conditions under foreboding gray clouds, then turned nasty with a cutting wind, lashing rain and an occasional heavy squall. Then sunshine, then more squalls. And finally, a rainbow on the horizon as the Davies foursome finished the day's best match.

"From start to finish, probably one of the worst I've ever seen," said Johnson, who is from England and is used to bad conditions.

"You don't get a lot of this in South Florida," said Pressel, a native of Boca Raton.

It could be more of the same Saturday with a low pressure system coming in off the North Sea that isn't expected to clear out until late in the weekend.

"The course is very, very long and with these conditions, it's almost too long for them, too," Kerr said, speaking to the conventional wisdom that the big-hitting Europeans have an advantage at lengthy Halmstad Golf Course.

Given the crazy finish and the wild weather, neither team was too disappointed with where it stood.

The Americans don't often play as well in fourball and foursome games as they do in the Sunday singles, so they're in good position to win the Solheim Cup on foreign soil for only the second time in history.

The Europeans were trailing all four afternoon matches at one point, so salvaging two points from that set seemed like a victory to them. Annika Sorenstam and Maria Hjorth also grabbed a half point in the afternoon with a late rally, though it wasn't nearly as dramatic as the Davies-Johnson comeback.

"It's not a bad day, considering," Davies said.

Easy for her to say.

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