PARKER, COLORADO (AFP) - Europe swept the afternoon fourball matches to seize a five-point lead over the United States on Saturday, and stand poised to retain their Solheim Cup golf crown.
The European women, who have never won the Trans-Atlantic matchplay showdown on US soil, take a 10.5 to 5.5 lead into the 12 concluding singles matches. No team has come back from more than a two-point deficit to win on Sunday.
France's Karine Icher finished off a perfect Saturday afternoon for Europe when she rolled in a birdie putt from several feet off the green as darkness was falling at the 18th hole of the Colorado Golf Club.
That gave her and Spain's Beatriz Recari a 1-up victory over Americans Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.