(Crooked Stick GC, Carmel. Ind. – September 10, 2005) — After an afternoon of close matches and swinging fortunes, Europe’s spirited bid to win the Solheim Cup for a first time on US soil remained very much alive at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana, today.

Suzann Pettersen

But the gritty Jones struck a real blow for the Americans when she holed a monster 30-foot putt, and Gustafson did well to make her pressure effort for the half.

Catrin Nilsmark’s decision to pair Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam, playing together for a first time reaped the profit of a full point as they scored a comfortable 3 and 2 win over Pat Hurst and Christina Kim in the bottom match.

It means that Davies and Sorenstam still remain tied as the Solheim Cups leading points scorers with 20.5 a-piece.

Fourball results (US names first): Beth Daniel and Juli Inkster halved with Iben Tinning and Trish Johnson; Rosie Jones and Meg Mallon halved with Sophie Gustafson and Suzann Pettersen; Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer beat Carin Koch and Catriona Matthew one hole; Pat Hurst and Christina Kim lost to Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam 4 and 2

Score: USA 2 Europe 2

Overall score: USA 8 Europe 8