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
Omar Uresti is a lightning rod for controversy, despite not breaking any rules. The 49-year-old from Austin, Texas, competed in his third straight PGA Championship this week as a “club pro,” using a back-nine 32 on Friday to make the cut on his way to a T-73 finish. “They keep saying ‘club pro,’ and he’s the furthest thing from a club pro,” said Darrell Fuston, the director of golf at the Woodlands (Texas) Country Club and a member of the board of directors at the Southern Texas Section of the PGA of America. Uresti is a former PGA Tour player who, after his Tour career fizzled out, found his way into local Southern Texas Section tournaments and eventually national qualifiers for the PGA Championship.
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.