Europe builds a lead on American soil

By: AP Sports
By: AP Sports

PARKER, Colo. (AP) -- Europe took an important step Friday toward winning the Solheim Cup on American soil.

Carlota Ciganda salvaged a par after a ruling that took about 30 minutes as she and Suzann Pettersen rallied to win a key fourballs match that staked Europe to a 5-3 lead. Stacy Lewis was on the losing end of that match. She got into a heated discussion with a rules official as a long day at Colorado Golf Club was winding down.

Pettersen and Caroline Hedwall won both their matches for Europe.

Michelle Wie displayed a solid short game and Cristie Kerr came to life with her putter to help the Americans keep it close.

It's the second straight time that Europe has led after the opening day, winning in 2011 in Ireland. It has never won the Solheim Cup away from home.


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