Solheim Cup: USA whitewash Europe in fourballs to claim three-point lead

Fans watch as a team Europe player hits off the first tee during practice for the Solheim Cup golf tournament Wednesday Aug. 16 2017 in West Des Moines Iowa

The American pair lost only one hole when the rubber was effectively over and completed a 3&2 win at the 16th, leaving Charley Hull and Georgia Hall charged with the task of avoiding a session whitewash against Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller.

This gave Europe their narrow but important lead and somewhat made up for the lost half point in the opening contest where Hull and Reid halved after being two up with two to play.

The match was summed up at the long 11th, where both Ciganda and Pedersen took six and gifted away the hole to par, and Yin won her fifth hole of the round at the next before Salas parred 13 to cap a dominant win for Juli Inkster's team.

Danielle Kang and Michelle Wie won their first two holes and never looked back thanks to another impressive performance on the greens from Kang, who made several clutch putts en-route to a 3&1 victory over Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Madelene Sagstrom.

Highlights of Match 1 at the Solheim Cup as Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr won the last two holes to snatch a half against Mel Reid and Charley Hull. Lexi Thompson drove the par-4 first, and Cristie Kerr rolled in the ensuing eagle putt to win the opening hole in the opening match.

Throughout the fourballs, no European pair led at any point in any match.

And despite the Americans pulling one back on the par-five 15th, the match appeared all but over when Hull chipped in from the front of the 16green. She's the highest-rated player in the biennial tournament between the top American and European female golfers.

The Lang and Lincicome pairing now has a record of 3-0-0 when playing together and was Lincicome's first win since the opening day of the 2013 Solheim Cup.

But US captain Inkster is among those hoping the controversy of two years ago will be forgotten.

A day that could've put the Americans in an early hole turned out overwhelmingly in their favor.

And Europe ensured the morning session belong to them as Icher and Matthew - a late replacement for the injured Suzann Pettersen - did their bit by holding on for a valuable 1-up win at the 18th hole over Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller in the final match.

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