HALMSTAD, Sweden — The foursome matches, the first of the Solheim Cup, are completed, and the four-ball matches are in progress. (Click here for updates from LPGA.com.)
Here are Kelli Anderson highlights from the opening matches:
BEST MATCH of the AM As the final group prepared to tee off on a gray, blustery morning in Halmstad, members of the American Junior Solheim Cup team were standing — and chanting and singing and screaming — directly behind the first tee box. They gave the pro-European crowd the bad news: “We’re 2-up!”
Indeed, the first American pair of Pat Hurst and Cristie Kerr had given the Americans a blazing start by winning the first two holes over Suzanne Pettersen and Sophie Gustafson. After 10 holes, they were still 2-up, but two ill-timed bogeys by the Americans, on 11 and 17, allowed the Euros to draw even. Neither team could do better than par on the 18th, and the match, the only one of the morning to go all 18 holes, ended halved.
UPSET of the AM Sherri Steinhauer and Laura Diaz, who had a combined 11 Solheim Cup points going into this tournament, were distinct underdogs against the European pair of Annika Sorenstam and Catriona Matthew (28 1/2 Solheim Cup points combined) in the second match of the morning. Level after 10 holes, the U.S. pair then went on a tear, making birdie on four of the next five holes to go 3-up with three holes to play. After Europe bogeyed 16, Steinhauer and Diaz had the upset of the day, winning 4&2.
STAT of the AM Four birdies from Diaz and Steinhauer in their last six holes.
QUOTE of the AM Laura Diaz, when asked how it feels to put a point on the board: “I think it’s hard to put into words because we’ve struggled so much in this format. It just feels great for me because I’ve never been able to put a point on in this format. It’s awesome.”