Team USA took a 2.5 to 1.5 lead after the four-ball matches Friday morning. Here are the scores:
Steinhauer/Diaz over Sorenstam/Matthew 4&2
Inkster/Creamer over Davies/Brewerton 2&1
Hurst/Kerr halved with Pettersen/Gustafson
Gulbis/Pressel lost to Nocera/Hjorth 3&2
For me the surprise is not only Steinhauer and Diaz beating Annika and Matthew (two of the top four European players), but the margin – 4&2! Hurst and Kerr getting a half-point from Pettersen and Gustafson is also a pretty big deal. Gulbis and Pressel trailed the whole match which isn’t what an American supporter wants to see. Interesting that Betsy King paired Inkster and Creamer, her two best match players.
The rain has begun to fall as the afternoon foursome matches get underway. The players all look like they are about to hit the slopes dressed in their toboggans and other winter gear. Here are the matches:
Hurst/Lincicome vs. Matthew/Tinning
Stanford/Prammanasudh vs. Sorenstam/Hjorth
Castrale/Kerr vs. Gustafson/Nocera
Creamer/Pressel vs. Johnson/Davies
Dottie Pepper criticized Helen Alfredsson’s decision to leave Linda Wessberg completely out of the first day’s action, while pointing out King’s decision to get all of her players in play right away. Bettina Hauert isn’t playing either but I didn’t hear Dottie mention her. The only U.S. players doing double duty today are Creamer, Kerr, Hurst and Pressel while Team Europe has six, oddly enough with Suzann Pettersen not being one of them.