U.S. enjoy dominant afternoon to take lead at Solheim Cup

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Juli Inkster, the United States captain, watched her girls go down 21/1-11/2 in the Friday's opening foursomes, but then saw her fourballs "win" 4-0, the first time the United States had ever completed a sweep in a Solheim session.

Team USA got a huge boost from Angel Yin and Lizette Salas and swept the fourball matches on the way to a 5 1/2-2 1/2 lead over Team Europe after the first day of play in the 15th Solheim Cup on Friday at Des Moines Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. However, they won the fourballs session 3-1 to extend their lead to 10½-5½ going into the final day's singles matches. We want the history on Sunday night. She hadn't accrued enough points over the past two seasons to play onto the team, and Captain Juli Inkster didn't pick her as one of her two captain's picks. We're here to do our work, and that's kind of the model we took into Germany (two years ago).

European captain Annika Sorenstam said Friday is just a taste of what they can do.

England's Mel Reid and Charley Hull were two up with two to play but finished tied with Americans Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson.

For Europe, Hall and Anna Nordqvist beat Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst 3 and 1, and Karine Icher and Catriona Matthew topped Lewis and Piller, 1 up.

"I'm a pure California girl now but I still miss Scotland and you can't take Dundee out of the girl", said the 50-year-old with a smile. "We just went against a strong team". The top 125 players on the points list earn berths at The Northern Trust next week in NY.

"If you look at the world rankings, Stacy and Gerina are well ahead of us", said Matthew after recording a victory that saw her become the third most successful European player in the event.

With 12 singles matches bringing this biennial bout to a close on Sunday, the U.S. require just 3 ½ points to retain the decorative chunk of Waterford crystal.

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Kerr deferred any talk of her own performance in her post-round interview, instead pointing to the birdie putt Thompson made on the first hole as the most important of the day.

Salas produced a stunning front nine as she made five birdies, including three in the first three holes.

Sweden's Nordqvist was the standout player for Europe, paired with 21-year-old debutant Hall, as they dispatched Creamer and Ernst in style.

She drained a 40-footer for birdie at the 13th that cut the USA lead in their match to 1 up and her birdie at the 14th squared the match. A birdie at the fifth hole put the Americans up by one, and they never trailed again.

"I was relaxed playing with my buddy", Lincicome said.

"We saw what happened in '15", Nordqvist said. The win also sees Ernst pick up her first ever Solheim Cup point, after defeat yesterday to Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall.

"We knew coming in here it was going to be a challenge".