Europe captain Catriona Matthew admitted it had been ‘a tough day’ for her team as America fought back on day two of the Solheim Cup.
The US trailed by a point after day one, and Europe were hoping a strong Saturday would leave them in total control going into the final two rounds of the competition.
However, a tightly-fought day in gusty conditions was shaded but the US, allowing them to level the scores at 8-8.
The foursomes were split in the morning session, with each team winning two of the four matches. However, in the afternoon fourballs Europe could only win one, giving the US a slender advantage.
That advantage is due to the US currently holding the trophy, meaning that they need just 14 points to retain, with Europe requiring an additional half a point to wrestle the crown.
“It was a tough day, a battle for everyone,” said European captain Catriona Matthew.
“But the first two days has shown how close both teams are. Sunday will come down to the odd shot that will get momentum going one way or the other.”
11:40 A.M. – Carlota Ciganda (EUR) vs. Danielle Kang (USA)
11:52 A.M. – Caroline Hedwall (EUR) vs. Nelly Korda (USA)
12:04 P.M. – Georgia Hall (EUR) vs. Lexi Thompson (USA)
12:16 P.M. – Celine Boutier (EUR) vs. Annie Park (USA)
12:28 P.M. – Azahara Munoz (EUR) vs. Angel Yin (USA)
12:40 P.M. – Charley Hull (EUR) vs. Megan Khang (USA)
12:52 P.M. – Anne van Dam (EUR) vs. Lizette Salas (USA)
1:04 P.M. – Caroline Masson (EUR) vs. Jessica Korda (USA)
1:16 P.M. – Jodi Ewart Shadoff (EUR) vs. Brittany Altomare (USA)
1:28 P.M. – Suzann Pettersen (EUR) vs. Marina Alex (USA)
1:40 P.M. – Bronte Law (EUR) vs. Ally McDonald (USA)
1:52 P.M. – Anna Nordqvist (EUR) vs. Morgan Pressel (USA)
Sam Horsfield was literally lost for words after his maiden European Tour win.
The American sits atop the leaderboard despite a mixed third round on Saturday.
The Englishman saw a commanding lead cut after a stuttering back nine.
Brooks Koepka made a not-so-subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau’s “anthill” moment from the first round in Memphis.
The tournament marked the resumption of the tour.
Horsfield fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63 at the Forest of Arden to share the halfway lead with Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.
Koepka carded a superb 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening day.
A change in date from August to May last year placed the tournament second in line behind the Masters, in calendar terms at least.
The four-time major winner shot 62 in his opening round.