Solheim Cup: Saturday morning foursomes schedule

Fans watch as a team Europe player hits off the first tee during practice for the Solheim Cup golf tournament Wednesday Aug. 16 2017 in West Des Moines Iowa

Georgia Hall enjoyed a winning debut alongside Anna Nordqvist as they beat the wildcard pairing of Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst, while Catriona Matthew, a late replacement for the injured Suzann Pettersen, partnered Karine Icher to a tense win in the bottom match as three of the four encounters were settled on the 18th.

Lexi Thompson got things started off right for Team USA with a huge opening tee ball.

Danielle Kang, who had an outstanding morning securing the USA's only outright point, was again a star in the afternoon, combining with Michelle Wie to pull away against Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Madelene Sagstrom with four birdies in the space of six holes to win 3 and 1.

Solheim rookie Danielle Kang of the US sunk a birdie putt on No. 18 to give her duo a one-hole victory.

In the morning, the US got off to a blazing start to the proceedings when Lexi Thompson drove the first green in the opening match of the morning foursome matches to kick off the 15th playing of the biennial games.

Charley Hull provided Europe with another injury scare as she and young rookie Georgia Hall were unable to stifle the American charge in the final match of the opening day.

Thompson and Kerr birdied their last two holes to halve the match.

Kerr and Thompson then finished par-birdie to win both holes and halve the match. Piller had a chance to halve the match on the 18th hole but missed a par putt.

A strong finish from Nordqvist and Hall saw them win the third match by a 3&1 margin.

But Nordqvist, the highest-ranked player in Sorenstam's team, ensured at least half a point with another classy putt for birdie at the 16th, and the Americans conceded when in trouble at the penultimate hole.

The English star had her wrist wrist strapped up midway through Friday's fourballs as she and Hall slipped to a 2&1 loss against Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller, and European captain Annika Sorenstam has wisely made a decision to omit Hull from her foursomes line-up for day two.

"I don't really want to have to play somebody five matches", said Inkster, who is confident her team's bench strength will be decisive as they defend the Cup they won in Germany two years ago.

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