Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Lexi Thompson drives the 1st green to open Solheim Cup

Lexi Thompson drives the 1st green to open Solheim Cup

The hosts got off to the flawless start as Kerr and Thompson eagled the first hole, but Reid and Hull won three holes on the front nine to take control at the turn.

Kang made a putt for par on 18 to halve the hole and win the match.

Lizette Salas and debutant Angel Yin set the tone for the afternoon as they romped to a resounding 6&5 drubbing of Carlota Ciganda and Emily Pedersen, and Annika Sorenstam's side suddenly found themselves trailing when the top match was decided on the 17th.

European star Anna Nordqvist and England's Georgia Hall won their match by three holes.

Salas and Danielle Kang both went 2-0 on Day 1 for the U.S. The focus was on Kang because of her flashy nature and her ability to fire up crowds, much like she did on the first hole, when she insisted they scream while she teed off.

Charley Hull provided Europe with another injury scare as she and young rookie Georgia Hall were unable to stifle the American charge in the final match of the opening day.

Lewis and Piller took a quick 2-up lead and maintained their cushion through 12 holes before Icher began rolling in big putts as Europe won holes 13, 14 and 16 to snatch the win.

The teams return to the course this afternoon with four fourball (better ball) matches.

The pair were two down after 10 holes in the anchor match, but won three of the back nine to win on the 18th. Her partner Cristie Kerr would sink the eagle putt to take a 1-up lead in Match One. Kerr and Thompson then finished par-birdie to win both holes and halve the match.

Inkster's decision to pair her captain's picks together backfired as Nordqvist and Hall birdied the second to take a lead they would never reliqnquish, although.

A par on the sixth was enough to pull a hole back, but the home pair replied with their fourth birdie in five holes at the next, although Icher and Matthew reduced the arrears again with a birdie of their own at the long ninth.

And Europe ensured the morning session belong to them as Icher and Matthew - a late replacement for the injured Suzann Pettersen - did their bit by holding on for a valuable 1-up win at the 18th hole over Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller in the final match.

Lizette Salas was the American's unsung hero Friday at the Solheim Cup.

Hull then gave her side hope with a deft chip from the greenside rough at 15 which found just enough of the cup to drop, but Lewis smote a delightful iron to four feet at the 17th and rolled in the putt to complete a flawless afternoon for Team USA.

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