U.S. rebounds to take 5.5-3.5 lead in Curtis Cup

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. (AP) — The United States swept all three fourball matches at the Curtis Cup on Saturday to take a 5.5-3.5 lead over Great Britain and Ireland.

Alexis Thompson, yet to lose a match, and Jessica Korda won the first three holes and then held off Danielle McVeigh and Pamela Pretswell 2 and 1 in the second day of the biennial competition at Essex County Club.

Kimberly Kim sank an 8-foot birdie on the 17th hole and Stephanie Kono edged Sally Watson and Rachel Jennings 2 and 1. Jennifer Song had eight birdies in just 16 holes as she and Cydney Clanton defeated 15-year-old twins Lisa and Leona Maguire of Ireland 3 and 2.

The Curtis Cup pits teams of eight female amateur golfers from the United States against a team from Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. has won six straight matches and needs 10 points to retain the cup.

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