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.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - I'm not sure where U.S. Team Captain Juli Inkster was on this was, but if I was her and anywhere nearby, I'd have tackled Cristie Kerr before letting her hit the shot. Kerr has amassed more than 19 wins and two majors in her 19-year Solheim Cup career because of her rock-solid consistency. It's not often she finds herself in spots like this, but playing in an alternate shot format alongside the bomb-and-gouge Lexi Thompson, she was forced to improvise. After missing her drive right on the par-5 fifth hole, Kerr was forced to play the pair's second shot from a tree. Most players would've probably tried to hit this one left handed, with the goal of simply advancing it back