US nar­rows gap with rally

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Steve Dou­glas

GLENEAGLES, Scot­land — The Eu­ro­peans have the lead. The Amer­i­cans have the mo­men­tum.

An open­ing day of swing­ing for­tunes in the Solheim Cup reached a crescendo in a ten­sion-filled last hour at Gleneagles, with the fi­nal two matches of the four­balls go­ing to the 18th hole and the U.S. team star­ing at a three-point deficit.

With two long birdie putts from Lexi Thomp­son and Brit­tany Al­tomare, the U.S. had es­caped with two half-points and only trailed Europe 41⁄2-31⁄2.

“You keep gnaw­ing a half-point here and a point there, and it adds up,” said U.S. cap­tain Juli Inkster.

The Amer­i­cans lead the se­ries 10-5 and are look­ing for a third straight win in the big­gest team event in women’s golf but first in three at­tempts in Scot­land.

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