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Wie and Kerr help U.S. with win in first match of Solheim Cup

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:50 p.m. HST, Sep 23, 2011

DUNSANY, Ireland >> Suzann Pettersen sank an eight-foot putt on the last hole to give Europe a win in the final foursome and even the score at 2-2 against the United States after the opening session of the Solheim Cup. 

Hawaii's Michelle Wie, paired with Christie Kerr, won the first match, beating Swedish duo Maria Hjorth and Anna Nordqvist 2 and 1 in the opening match.
But Europe's Catriona Matthew and Azahara Munoz responded with a convincing 3 and 2 win over Stacy Lewis and Angela Stanford, before the late drama in the last two matches.
The U.S. had trailed in three of the four matches on a windy morning at the Killeen Castle course, but took a 2-1 lead after Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome came back from two down with four holes to play to beat Karen Stupples and Melissa Reid.
Pettersen and Sophie Gustafson lost the 17th hole to be all square with Americans Juli Inkster and Brittany Lang going into the 18th. But Inkster missed a 10-foot birdie putt and the second-ranked Pettersen made hers to pull even.
While the hosts had looked set to take an early lead, European captain Alison Nicholas was happy to come away tied.
"It looked like we were going to go 3-1 ahead and then we lost the second match, and the bottom match lost the 17th to go all square and I thought, 'This is getting tight,"' Nicholas said. "But Suzann holed an unbelievable putt on the last and that's what world champions are made of."
Creamer and Lincicome began their comeback with a birdie to win the 15th and the Europeans then collapsed with double bogeys on the last two holes.
"It was a crazy last couple of holes, but we just told ourselves even if we get a half that's all we're trying to do is get back," Creamer said. "We watched it go to one (down), then all square, and to walk away with a win, we'll take it any day."
U.S. captain Rosie Jones seemed as pleased as her counterpart with the split result.
"I think we had a good showing this morning, we had a little scary board there for a little while," Jones said. "But our girls hung tough and came back on one match and almost won that last match, which we ended up losing, but it was pretty good. Really good. Showed a lot of heart there, so that's a good sign." 

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1local wrote:
team format appears more entertaining.
on September 23,2011 | 06:29AM
1local wrote:
Just wondering if Wie is the first female golfer from Hawaii to play in the Solheim?
on September 23,2011 | 06:30AM
blkdrgn wrote:
Did Wie even help or did Kerr pull them through?
on September 23,2011 | 07:16AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Canʻt tell. I checked the LPGA website and they donʻt have posted individual scores. According to the website, 10 minutes ago, they still have 2 more holes. But you can follow it there.
on September 23,2011 | 07:50AM
Willieboy wrote:
why you gotta be such a hater for?
on September 23,2011 | 08:44AM
Anonymous wrote:
People with no talent, never got picked for any team have developed a mental problem aganist those who are talented and are asked to join a team. The fact that they won as a team and helped the team is all the matters to people like us. Go Michelle!
on September 23,2011 | 09:21AM
kiragirl wrote:
In the second match with two holes to go and the team being one-down, she hit her tee shot in the water on 17. On the 18 hole after hitting a big drive, she misses the green with a wedge.
on September 23,2011 | 09:32AM
Anonymous wrote:
Saw the match and it was painful. She and Kerr could have won, i think. Michelle has been struggling ever since 09 after she won the Lorena Ochoa tournament.I can imagine how she felt after the match.Didn't see their interview, did they have one?Well, tomorrow is another day.8:30 for us tonight.
on September 23,2011 | 03:55PM
silvangold wrote:
C'mon.....be nice!
on September 23,2011 | 09:50AM
silvangold wrote:
C'MON BE NICE............................
on September 23,2011 | 09:52AM
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