2009 Solheim Cup: Day Two Update

Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, IL was rocking this morning with some of the most exciting four-ball pairing and match of the day, when Christina Kim and Michelle Wie, took on Helen Alfredson and Tania Elsosegui.

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The crowd was pumped from the get go on this cool and sunny morning at Rich Harvest Farms, where the crowd kept chanting U.S.A., U.S.A., to get the player pumped. The round started a little shaky for the dynamic duo of Christina Kim and Michelle Wei, going down 2 holes to none, but the momentum started to change after third hole as Kim and Wie went on a full on assault.

One of the things that struck me was how well Michelle Wie and Christina Kim worked together in helping each other out in reading the greens. At the 7th hole Christina Kim started speaking in Korean to Michelle Wie to help her find the line for her putt , without giving it away to Alfredson and Elosegui.

“We had so much fun out there, We had lot of fun out there, and that was our goal. We gave it our best.” according to Michelle Wie in the post round interview. And it really showed.  I found their round to be the most exciting of all the four-ball matches. Quite electrifying!

In the end Christina Kim and Michelle Wie built an insurmountable lead by  defeating Alfredson and Elosegui 5 & 4 after fourteen holes.

After all groups were down from the four-ball matches, the U.S.A. and Europe were all square at 6 points apiece, but that would change with the afternoon foursome matches.

Afternoon Foursome Matches

While the U.S.A. had a lot of momentum going into the afternoon foursome matches, the tide started to change for the worse, when both Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim, Paula Creamer and Juli Inkster both lost their matches, giving Europe a slight lead overall in points. What’s interesting to note, is that prior to today’s foursome pairing, Paula Creamer and Juli Inkster were 3-0 in Solheim Cup foursomes when playing together.

In the end Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr rallied late in the round to defeat Anna Nordquvist and Maria Hjorth to square up Team U.S.A. with Europe at 8 points overall. This should make for a very day of singles matches on Sunday.

Author: Rob Hayashida

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