US narrows gap with rally
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.