Recap of Saturday's action at the 2009 Solheim Cup

 
 
Published8/22/2009 9:17 PM

Here is a glance at how Saturday's matches unfolded at the Solheim Cup, which ended with Team USA and Europe tied at 8 points a piece:

Saturday morning fourball

 

Match 9: USA

Christina Kim/Michelle Wie

5&4 over

Helen Alfredsson/Tania Elosegui

Recap: The first match of the day began with the Europeans jumping out to a two-stroke lead through two holes, but close friends Kim and Wie, behind four straight birdies, rallied for what turned out to be an easy win.

Kim quote: "Oh, for us to win as the first team out, I thought it was huge. It was great to be able to say that Michelle and I made a great enough team that we were able to beat two such great players - it was pretty impressive."

Match 10: halved

Angela Stanford/Brittany Lang

halved with

Catriona Matthew/Diana Luna

Recap: Trailing by two with two to go, Matthew and Luna fought back to win the final two holes - taking the 18th on Luna's birdie putt - to halve their match and pick up a huge 1/2 point for Europe.

Luna quote: "It's just amazing. Catriona said to me, 'Come on, knock it in for the glory.' I had a great partner today. We got really lucky, I think."

Match 11: Europe

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Suzann Pettersen/Anna Nordqvist

2 Up over

Nicole Castrale/Cristie Kerr

Recap: Nordqvist continued to play like anything but the Solheim Cup rookie she is, notching birdies on two of her final three holes and then calmly nailing a 20-foot putt on 18 to seal the deal for the Europeans.

Pettersen quote: "It was very close. I mean it was 1 Up, level, 1 Up to them. We got it back, and we never really gave them a leash too far ahead of us. And then Anna makes her putt on 16, which was huge, and then I make a great birdie on 17. And Anna pulled it off again on 18."

Match 12: Europe

Gwladys Nocera and Maria Hjorth

1 Up over

Brittany Lincicome/Kristy McPherson

Recap: Despite a strong close by the Americans, one that cut a 3 Up lead by Europe to all square, Nocera and Hjorth held on for dear life and sealed the deal on Hjorth's short par putt on No. 18.

Hjorth quote: "We got off to a very, very good start but then just didn't make any putts after that. All of a sudden they make three birdies in a row and we lose three in a row ..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Afternoon foursomes

Match 13: Europe

Janice Moodie/Sophie Gustafson

4&3 over

Paula Creamer/Juli Inkster

Recap: The American duo which won the final match on Friday couldn't regain their magic against veterans Moodie and Gustafson, who led the entire way.

Creamer quote: "We lost the first two holes and from there on we were always fighting back. And we won a lot of holes out there, but we just kept giving them back afterwards, and you can't do that in match play, unfortunately."

Match 14: USA

Kristy McPherson/Morgan Pressel

2 Up over

Helen Alfredsson/Suzann Pettersen

Recap: With the U.S. trailing for the first time in Cup play, the little engines that could - Pressel and McPherson - did, coming through in the clutch with a victory over two of Europe's best.

Pettersen: "I mean, we kind of struggled so much. We kind of fought back and gave ourselves a chance for half a point. It would have been nice to grab a half a point."

Match 15: Europe

Becky Brewerton/Gwladys Nocera

5&4 over

Natalie Gulbis/Christina Kim

Recap: The popular American duo was awfully quiet in this one, falling behind early and never really getting back into the match. Brewerton continued her solid play and Nocera improved to 3-0.

Gulbis quote: "Horrible. We got beat up really bad. I felt horrible. It was horrible. I mean they flat out beat us."

Match 16: USA

Cristie Kerr/Michelle Wie

1 Up over

Anna Nordqvist/Maria Hjorth

Recap: This one came down to the absolute last putt of the day when Hjorth missed a shortie on 18 to allow the Americans to squeak by with the win, a win that evened the score at 8-8 heading into Sunday's showdown.

Nordqvist quote: "We had a good birdie try. That's what mattered. Michelle and Cristie, they played great. It was a great win for them. But I think we hung in there. It came down to 18, but I guess congratulations to them.

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