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Wie wins 1, loses 1 in Solheim Cup as U.S. swept in afternoon play

By Edie Pells

AP National Writer

LAST UPDATED: 12:57 p.m. HST, Aug 18, 2013

Michelle Wie won her morning match with Brittany Lang, but lost with Jessica Korda as Europe swept all four fourball matches in the afternoon to take a 5 point lead in the Solheim Cup.

It was Wie's first loss at the Colorado Golf Club.

Europe leads 10½-5½, matching the largest lead in Solheim Cup history. With only the 12 singles matches remaining Sunday, Europe only needs to win three matches and halve another to capture the cup away from home for the first time since this event began in 1990.

It also would be the first time Europe retained the cup.

Karine Icher's putt was the final blow on a day filled with them for the Americans. Anna Nordqvist closed out a foursomes match in the morning with a hole-in-one on the 17th hole. And after the Americans thought they had momentum from a strong showing in foursomes, Europe came out firing with a pair of rookies.

Charley Hull, the 17-year-old from England and youngest player in Solheim Cup history, hit a 9-iron just over the bunker to 4 feet on the par-3 17th with her match all square. She finally felt nervous, and drained the putt for a 1-up lead. Jodi Ewart-Shadoff did the rest, smashing a tee shot some 30 yards by Lexi Thompson that left her only a 9-iron into the green. The birdie putt was conceded for a 2-up win over Thompson and Paula Creamer.

Caroline Hedwall, the only player to go all four matches, teamed with Caroline Masson to beat Wie and Korda. The Spanish tandem of Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz beat Angela Stanford and Gerina Piller, leaving the American duo winless for the week.

It was a devastating end for the Americans, hopeful of at least getting a halve from that final match.

No team has ever rallied from more than two points behind to win the Solheim Cup.

In Wie's morning match the Americans were 2 down at the turn but went 1 up over the next three holes, highlighted by a 30-foot birdie putt that dropped for Lang on No. 10.

"Lang was a superstar today," Wie said.

"Obviously, it was a very disappointing afternoon," U.S. captain Meg Mallon said this afternoon. "We have our work cut out for us tomorrow. It can be done. It's daunting right now but it can be done."

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niimi wrote:
5-0-1, now that is an impressive match play record. No way around that.
on August 17,2013 | 09:49AM
palani wrote:
Yep, great to see Michelle relaxed and having a good time.
on August 17,2013 | 10:19AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Way to go Michelle & Brittany! Keep up the good work and have fun!
on August 17,2013 | 12:22PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I didn't think she belonged there, but she is proving me wromg. Good job!
on August 17,2013 | 12:50PM
syhud wrote:
Ok. Good in match play. Prove yourself and win tournaments!
on August 17,2013 | 01:14PM
puamamane wrote:
For me, I'd rather have her win for U.S. in match play than herself in tournaments
on August 17,2013 | 02:35PM
bumbye wrote:
Looks like US will lose all 4 of their afternoon matches. Go, US!
on August 17,2013 | 01:27PM
808comp wrote:
She did well with a playing partner,lets see if she can carry it over in the singles match on Sunday.
on August 17,2013 | 04:23PM
DAGR81 wrote:
I hope so, but probably not.
on August 17,2013 | 05:31PM
jussayin wrote:
Very surprising that the Europeans swept the fourball; " Neumann (Europe's Captain) went with a lineup of eight players who had played in only a combined 11 Solheim Cups, all playing in either her first or second cup." A lot of "unknowns" at least to us in America. It's really too bad that East Asia can't participate, e.g. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, etc.
on August 17,2013 | 08:42PM
brokenspoke wrote:
yup. Wie played well in the Solheim. She made the most of Mallon's Captain's pick and proved me and others wrong this weekend. Still think she's an overall bust.
on August 18,2013 | 12:39PM
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