Parker, CO (Sports Network) - Suzann Pettersen carried her partner and Europe to a 5-3 lead after day one at the Solheim Cup.
Pettersen and Beatriz Recari won their morning match 2 & 1. Pettersen played with Carlota Ciganda in the afternoon, but basically played alone. Ciganda helped on two holes, but one was the key to the match.
On the 15th, Ciganda was in the hazard right of the green. After nearly 30 minutes to determine where she could drop, Ciganda scrambled for a par. Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson failed to make their birdie attempts, to give the Europeans a halve on that hole.
Pettersen birdied the 16th at Colorado Golf Club to go 1-up, then made a short par putt at the last to give herself and Ciganda the victory.
Brittany Lang and Brittany Lincicome bested Anna Nordqvist and Giulia Sergas, 4 & 3. That was the third match out, but the first one to be completed in the afternoon fourballs.
Caroline Hedwall and Caroline Masson led wire-to-wire as they beat Angela Stanford and Gerina Piller, 2 & 1, in the second match out.
The Americans took the final match to get within two points. Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie hung on for a 2 & 1 win over Catriona Matthew and 17-year-old Charley Hull, who became the youngest competitor in event history.
MORE TO FOLLOW.