WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Michelle Wie was raring to go. She sat out the morning foursomes Friday at the Solheim Cup but was paired with good friend Danielle Kang in afternoon fourballs with the U.S. trailing by a point. Wie couldn’t wait. Kang had won her match, and both were chomping at the bit to lead the red, white and blue in the first match of the session. Kang was on fire. She made everything she looked at. Wie played well, too, and made four birdies. But something was off and Wie never realized it; not until well after she and Kang dispatched of Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Madelene Sagstrom, 3 and 1. Wie was wearing the wrong uniform. She was wearing the uniform designated for the morning matches,
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.
Rory McIlroy will try to defend his FedEx Cup title after deciding against sitting out the rest of the season to rest a persistent rib injury. Speaking after a tie for 22nd in the US PGA Championship on Sunday which completed a third successive year without a major title, McIlroy said he was in two minds about competing again in 2017. "I don't know what I'm going to do," McIlroy, who has played just 13 events this season, said after a closing 68 at Quail Hollow. After seeking the advice of sports scientist Steve McGregor in Northern Ireland, McIlroy chose the latter option and posted a link on Twitter on Friday evening to a competition to win the chance to play with him during the pro-am ahead of the BMW Championship in September.