Kerr, Lexi help U.S. build 5-point Solheim lead

Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson won two matches as the United States built a 10½ to 5½ lead over Europe heading into Sunday singles in the 15th Solheim Cup at Des Moines Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Kerr and Thomson beat Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England and Caroline Masson of Germany, 5 and 3, as the teams split the morning foursome matches, 2-2, and then they defeated Catriona Matthew of Scotland and Georgia Hall of England, 4 and 2, as the U.S. took three of the four fourball matches in the afternoon.

“We’ve been partners for about a year in team play and Cristie has been unbelievable,” Thompson said. “She walks in putts from all over the place and holes bunker shots. I played well today, but she was amazing out there.”

Said Kerr: “We make a great team. We knew we had to play well because (the Euros) did too. Lexi and I both had to make putts on top of them. We’ve been there for each other.”

The Americans, who lead the Solheim Cup series, 9-5, know it’s not over because they rallied from a 10-6 deficit in Sunday singles two years ago in Germany to claim a 14½ to 13½ victory.

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