Europe takes early 1-point lead vs U.S. at Solheim Cup


United States captain Juli Inkster on Tuesday urged fans not to heckle Europe star Suzann Pettersen at this week's Solheim Cup, two years after a bitter controversy involving the Norwegian player. Europe won two of the morning matches and has two and a half points while the USA has a point and a half heading into this afternoon's four-ball matches. The American tandem of Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr birdied their final two holes to halve their match with Mel Reid and Charley Hull.

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The opening match produced a thrilling finish.

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"I don't really want to have to play somebody five matches", said Inkster, who is confident her team's bench strength will be decisive as they defend the Cup they won in Germany two years ago. "And I want everybody to try to play at least three matches".

"I am so sorry for not thinking about the bigger picture in the heat of the battle and competition", said Pettersen, the current world number 23 who will be playing in her ninth Solheim Cup this weekend. Live coverage begins on Friday from 2pm.