August 24, 2009 10:13
A Korean Wave swept across Rich Harvest Farm golf course in Sugar Grove, Illinois on Saturday as Korean-Americans Michelle Wie and Christina Kim defeated their European rivals to score a point for Team USA in the second day of the Solheim Cup.
Wie and Kim got off to a shaky start, losing the first two holes to Helen Alfredsson and Tania Elosegui, but Wie pulled off consecutive birdies in the 10th and 11th holes, and the two won the session five-and-four, gaining one point for the team.
Wie continued to roll in the afternoon in the foursome session and together with Cristie Kerr edged out Anna Nordqvist and Maria Hjorth by one hole. Wie contributed two points in all to Team USA, which was able to amass just 3.5 points in eight matches on Sunday.
The biennial Solheim Cup is the LPGA version of the Ryder Cup, featuring a showdown between highly select teams of 12 women from the U.S. and Europe. Wie was ranked 13th among the candidates for this year's Cup, but USA captain Beth Daniel named her one of two recommended players. The appointment was a delight for Wie, who said playing in the Solheim Cup was one of her career goals.
The two teams are tied at eight points after two days, with the winning team to be decided in 12 one-on-one matches on Monday. Team USA has the best record in the series with seven wins and three losses.
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