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Singles play to decide Europe-US Solheim clash

RESURGENT Europe outplayed the United States at the Solheim Cup on Saturday, ending a gripping second day in Sugar Grove, Illinois, tied for the lead at 8-8.

Having trailed by 3-1/2 points to 4-1/2 overnight to the holders, the Europeans dominated the morning fourball matches before splitting the afternoon foursomes encounters to leave the biennial team competition delicately balanced.

They are well aware, though, their hosts have won five of the last seven editions of the Solheim Cup despite having led only once going into the last-day singles.

The Americans, who lead the series 7-3 overall, won the last two matches of the day in fading light to give themselves a late boost for the 12 singles encounters.

Swede Sophie Gustafson and Britain's Janice Moodie set the tone for the visitors in the afternoon's first match, thumping world No. 4 Paula Creamer and Juli Inkster 4&3.

Briton Becky Brewerton and Gwladys Nocera of France piled up five birdies in a flawless display to sweep aside Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim 5&4 and put Europe ahead 8-6.

However, the Americans leveled as Kristy McPherson and Morgan Pressel beat Helen Alfredsson and Suzann Pettersen two up before Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie scraped past Swedes Anna Nordqvist and Maria Hjorth one up.

Earlier, the Europeans capitalized on a late shift in momentum to tie the score at 6-6 after winning two, losing one and halving one of the morning's fourball matches.


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