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Laura Davies sets Solheim record as Europe, US tied

Reuters, DUNSANY, IRELAND

Michelle Wie, right, of Team USA plays off the 10th fairway as Laura Davies of Team Europe looks on during their Fours Balls match on the second day of this year’s Solheim Cup golf tournament at Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Ireland, on Saturday.

Photo: Reuters

Laura Davies set a Solheim Cup points record with a fourball victory alongside Melissa Reid as Europe and the US were locked together at 8-8 on Saturday.

One point behind overnight and trailing 7-5 after the morning foursomes, the US holders battled back by winning three of the four afternoon fourballs.

The only player to compete in all 12 Solheim team events, the 47-year-old Davies reached 24.5 points to overtake Swede Annika Sorenstam as the most successful player in the women’s version of the Ryder Cup.

The Briton did it in style too as she and Reid defeated Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang 4-and-3.

With four birdies in a row from the third, Davies and fellow Englishwoman Reid were four up at the turn.

Rookie Reid, 24, then made sure of her first Solheim point by eagling the long 12th from eight feet to make up for two agonizing final-green defeats on Friday.

The closest fourball match featured US pair Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel against world No. 2 Suzann Pettersen and Caroline Hedwall.

Kerr and Pressel were two up with four to play, but Hedwall made a winning birdie at the long 15th and Pettersen jigged around the green and sent the home fans into raptures by downing a 35-foot birdie putt at the short 16th.

Pressel silenced the crowd by rolling home an eight-foot birdie putt to win the 17th and the Americans hung on for a one-up victory.

Paula Creamer, who is set to play in all five matches for the US this week, retained her unbeaten record at Killeen Castle with a 3-and-1 win over Maria Hjorth and Azahara Munoz in the final fourball alongside Brittany Lincicome.

The overall score was 8-8 at the same stage at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois two years ago, before the US went on to win 16-12.

In the morning foursomes, Hedwall and Sophie Gustafson won the top match for Europe, before fellow Swedes Hjorth and Anna Nordqvist also triumphed in the third game.

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