So the US team was able to finish the first day of the Solheim Cup with a one point lead over team Europe. Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr lead the way in the morning matches and Creamer and super mom Juli Inkster finished up with another win in the afternoon. The spirit displayed by the fans and the players was amazing. Cheers for players on both teams were the norm for the day. Do you want to know what this means to the US players? Six time LPGA Tour winner Pat Hurst did not make the team this year. She is not an assistant captain and has no official ties to the team. She came anyway. She said she wanted to root on her team and her close friend Inkster. These women are so into this match and the team spirit on both sides is obvious. Of course Cristina Kim was the number one cheerleader, leading the fans in cheer after cheer. Rookie Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel played well but squandered their one up lead and let Catriona Matthew and Maria Hjorth steal a half point.
Wie will be paired with her good buddy Christina Kim for Saturday’s fourball matches. Captain Beth Daniel has also has decided to sit Creamer for the morning round. Daniel may want to try and keep Creamer fresh since she is such a critical part of the team. Creamer has not missed a round in her two previous Cup matches. Coverage starts on The Golf Channel at 9:00am.
The Saturday morning fourball matches are as follows (European team on left):
9:05 a.m. ET – Helen Alfredsson/Tania Elosegui vs. Christina Kim/Michelle Wie
9:20 a.m. ET – Catriona Matthew/Diana Luna vs. Angela Stanford/Brittany Lang
9:35 a.m. ET – Suzann Pettersen/Anna Nordqvist vs. Nicole Castrale/Cristie Kerr
9:50 a.m. ET – Gwladys Nocera/Maria Hjorth vs. Brittany Lincicome/Kristy McPherso