Davies overtakes Sorenstam for Solheim Cup record

September 24, 2011

DUNSANY, Ireland (AP) — Europe’s Laura Davies overtook Annika Sorenstam to become the all-time Solheim Cup points scorer with 24½ at Killeen Castle on Saturday.

Playing in her 12th Solheim Cup, Davies teamed up with Melissa Reid in the final fourball session to beat Americans Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie 4 and 3.

“It’s nice to finally get past Annika, who obviously has a spectacular record,” Davies said.

Davies has won 24½ points in 45 matches with 22 wins, 18 losses and five halved matches. Sorenstam won 24 points in 37 matches in eight Solheim Cups.

“Obviously, the more you play in it, the more points you should have,” said Davies, who has played in every Solheim Cup match.

Juli Inkster is the highest points earner for the United States with 18.

The win by Davies and Reid gave Europe an 8-5 lead over the U.S. before the Americans staged a dramatic rally to win the afternoon fourball session 3-1 and tie it 8-all ahead of Sunday’s 12 singles matches.

The U.S. traditionally dominates the individual matches and has won eight of the previous 11 singles sessions.

“Well, we’ve messed up the singles so many times,” Davies said. “This time we need to go out there and not worry.”