Golf: Team Europe take massive five-point lead into final day of Solheim Cup

Europe's Karine Icher, of France, celebrates after sinking a 45-foot putt on 18th hole, as members of the US team (left) watch during a four-ball match at the Solheim Cup golf tournament on Saturday, Aug 17, 2013, in Parker, Colo. Europe swept t
Europe's Karine Icher, of France, celebrates after sinking a 45-foot putt on 18th hole, as members of the US team (left) watch during a four-ball match at the Solheim Cup golf tournament on Saturday, Aug 17, 2013, in Parker, Colo. 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. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

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.