WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The U.S. and Europe split their morning foursomes on Day 2 and the U.S. now leads 7 1/2 to 4 1/2 overall. Here's a recap of the matches so far. Day 2 morning foursomes: U.S. 2, Europe 2 (Overall: U.S. 7 1/2, 4 1/2) MATCH 9: Cristie Kerr-Lexi Thompson (U.S.) def. Jodi Ewart Shadoff-Caroline Masson (Europe), 5 and 3: Win gave Kerr the most Solheim Cup points in U.S. history surpassing captain Juli Inkster. The difference was U.S. wins on Nos. 8, 9 and 10 to put it out of reach against Europe’s best team. MATCH 10: Paula Creamer-Austin Ernst (U.S.) def. Emily Pedersen-Mel Reid (Europe), 5 and 3: The second consecutive rout for the Americans to step on the Europeans at a
Rory McIlroy has decided his health is good enough for him to start the FedEx Cup playoffs next week in New York. McIlroy had said after the PGA Championship that he could feel a back muscle spasm in recent weeks as he practiced more to get ready for the final major of the year. He said when he left Quail Hollow that he could return in a few weeks or not until next year. His manager says McIlroy plans to play The Northern Trust next week at Glen Oaks on Long Island. Harry Diamond, his close friend in Northern Ireland, will remain as his caddie at least through the playoffs. McIlroy won the Tour Championship last year to capture the FedEx Cup. That was his last victory.
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.