Day two foursomes under way

Day two is up and running with the morning foursomes under way at the 15th Solheim Cup.

European Captain Annika seemed very relaxed on the first tee, albeit focused on the task ahead. She said: “We had a little bit of a rally session last night. Of course, everyone was very tired but we had a talk and I think we are on the same page. Tomorrow is behind us and today is a new day.

“The word rest is not part of this week. It’s all about adrenaline and go, go, go. They can rest next week. It’s only 7.30am in the morning and everybody is rocking again. We are all fired up for today and it’s going to be a great day.”

New foursome pairings for the European Team are Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Caroline Masson in the top match, who are playing against Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson, followed by Mel Reid and Emily Kristine Pedersen in the second match against Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst.

Annika has kept 50 per cent of her foursome pairings from yesterday, with Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall out third this morning, playing Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller, followed by Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher who are taking on Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang.

United States Captain Juli Inkster, whose team held a three-point lead going into day two after a clean sweep in the first day four-balls, said: “I know that Annika will be looking to get some revenge. Our players are fired up and ready to go. I’m planning on not playing anyone four matches before the last day but we’ll see how it goes.”

At the start of the day, the scores were 5 ½ - 2 ½ in America’s favour. The United States needs 14 points to retain The Solheim Cup while Europe needs 14 ½ points to take the trophy home.