WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Europe stunned the U.S. in the morning foursomes to grab an early 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead at the Solheim Cup, but the U.S. rallied in the afternoon for a 5 1/2 to 2 1/2 lead. Here's a recap of the Day 1 matches. Afternoon fourballs: U.S. 4, Europe 0 MATCH 5: Michelle Wie-Danielle Kang (U.S.) def. Jodi Ewart Shadoff-Madelene Sagstrom (Europe), 3 and 1: Kang was a star on her first day playing in the Solheim Cup. She hit great shot after great shot and drained key putts all over the lot. It was a thing of beauty for the U.S. and she may just play in all five matches. MATCH 6: Lizette Salas-Angel Yin (U.S.) def. Carlota Ciganda-Emily Pedersen (Europe), 6 and 5: An absolute drubbing
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.
As far as cool backyards go, Kevin Harvick’s replica of No. 12 at Augusta National is easily near the top. The NASCAR driver and avid recreational golfer loves the iconic course and even played there once a few years ago. It served as the perfect inspiration when he was figuring out what to do with part of his Charlotte, North Carolina home that would benefit everyone, including his now-5-year-old son, Keelan. “It’s a little bit smaller and a little bit out of proportion, but in theory, if you’re just standing back with a quick glance, it definitely looks the same,” Harvick told For The Win on the phone Wednesday from a Mobil 1 Annual Protection event in New York. “So we had a corner of the yard