WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The U.S. and Europe split their morning foursomes on Day 2, and then the U.S. dominated afternoon fourballs for a commanding 10 1/2 to 5 1/2 lead. Here's a recap of the matches so far. Day 2 afternoon fourballs: U.S. 3, Europe 1 MATCH 13: Brittany Lang-Brittany Lincicome (U.S.) def. Carlota Ciganda-Mel Reid (Europe), 2 up: Easily the best match of the week and one that Europe did well to get to the 18th hole. Lincicome started with six straight birdies and made 10 in the first 15 holes. Lang dunked a wedge for eagle on the seventh hole. Europe was 10 under, and lost. MATCH 14: Jodi Ewart Shadoff-Anna Nordqvist (Europe) def. Lizette Salas-Angel Yin (U.S.), 4 and 2: The
There is golf left on Rory McIlroy’s 2017 calendar, after all. McIlory will play in next week’s FedEx Cup playoff opener, The Northern Trust, in Old Westbury, N.Y., in spite of his on-going injuries, The (UK) Telegraph reported Friday. McIlory, No. 4 in the world, said Sunday he may not play again until next year because of the on-going injuries he’s dealt with this season. It started with a rib fracture at the start of the year which led to back issues. However, after meeting with fitness adviser Steve McGregor in Belfast this week, the 28-year-old Northern Irishman has decided to play on and defend the FedEx crown, The Telegraph reported.
One down on the third hole, Paula Creamer made a lengthy birdie putt to give the Americans a chance to pull all square in the third morning foursomes match. Creamer, who is partnered with rookie Austin Ernst, released a fist pump and “C’mon!” Unfazed, Anna Nordqvist rolled in a similar length birdie putt right after Creamer to halve the hole and keep her and Georgia Hall 1 up. Two holes later, with the Euros eyeing eagle at the par-5 fifth, Creamer made another long birdie putt. Europe was unable to make a 3 and its lead remained, 1 up.