Europe claim two-point lead over USA in Solheim Cup

Europe's Melissa Reid in action on Friday
Europe's Melissa Reid in action on Friday

Charley Hull and Anna Nordqvist produced stunning solo performances in a team cause as Europe claimed a two-point lead over the United States after a weather-affected opening day of the Solheim Cup.

After the morning foursomes finished 2-2, Nordqvist carried fellow Swede Caroline Hedwall to a commanding 4&3 victory over Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer in the first of the afternoon fourballs.

And English teenager Hull then secured her second point of the day by partnering France’s Gwladys Nocera to a 3&2 win over rookie Alison Lee and Angela Stanford, who has now lost her last eight Solheim Cup matches in succession.

Match three looked destined to go the way of American pair Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr, with Thompson firing five birdies and an eagle in the first eight holes and holding off a fightback from Melissa Reid and Carlota Ciganda to be two up with three to play.

However, Reid – who had partnered Hull to victory in foursomes – won the 16th with a birdie before Ciganda holed out with a nine iron from 140 yards on the 17th for a stunning eagle.

That drew the European pair level but, with the light fading following an earlier 65-minute delay due to the threat of lightning, their American opponents refused to play the 18th and play was suspended for the day.

“We were not surprised,” Reid said. “The light is quite bad and we have a lot of momentum so they are not going to want to play.

“We have to come back tomorrow focused and ready to play.”