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
Hunter Mahan started this week needing a solid performance just to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals. But after 36 holes at Sedgefield Country Club, he's eyeing his seventh career PGA Tour victory. Back-to-back rounds of 5-under 65 left him tied for second through Friday's morning wave, two shots behind Henrik Stenson. Mahan entered this week 197th in the FedExCup points standings. Nos. 125 and above advance to the FedExCup Playoffs, while Nos. 126-200 head to the Web finals, where they have the opportunity to retain their PGA Tour cards or earn a Web.com Tour card for the following season. But Mahan was in danger of falling outside the top 200 and entering next year without status on either
Doug Ghim advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur on Friday with a 2-and-1 victory over Scotland's Connor Syme. Tommy Humphrey also advanced with a 1-up victory over Taiwan's Chun An Yu. Doc Redman beat Australia's Travis Smyth 1 up, and Mark Lawrence Jr. finished off Dawson Armstrong 3 and 2 to complete an all-American final four at Riviera Country Club.