Karine Icher put an emphatic end to a stunning shutout that put Europe on the verge of its first Solheim Cup win in America.
Icher made a 45-foot birdie putt from just off the back of the 18th green Saturday as she and Beatriz Recari hung on for a 1-up win in Parker, Colo., giving Europe its first sweep of a Solheim Cup session in 11 years.
By winning all four of the fourballs (best-ball) matches in the afternoon, Europe led 10½-5½, matching the largest lead in Cup history. With 12 singles matches remaining Sunday, Europe only needs to win three matches and halve another to capture the cup away from home for the first time since this event began in 1990.
It also would be the first time Europe retained the cup.
Icher's putt was the final blow on a day filled with them for the United States. Anna Nordqvist closed out a foursomes (alternate-shot) match in the morning with a hole-in-one on No. 17. And after the Americans thought they had momentum from a strong showing in foursomes, Europe came out firing with a pair of rookies.
Charley Hull, at 17 the youngest player in Cup history, hit a 9-iron just over the bunker to 4 feet on the par-3 17th with her match all square. She made the putt for a 1-up lead. Jodi Ewart-Shadoff did the rest at 18, smashing a tee shot 30 yards by Lexi Thompson that left her only a 9-iron into the green. The birdie putt was conceded for a 2-up win over Thompson and Paula Creamer.
Caroline Hedwall, the only player to go all four matches, teamed with Caroline Masson to beat Americans Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda. It was Wie's first loss at Colorado Golf Club. The Spanish tandem of Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz beat Angela Stanford and Gerina Piller, leaving the American duo winless for the week.
It was a devastating end for the Americans.
"Obviously, it was a very disappointing afternoon," U.S. captain Meg Mallon said. "We have our work cut out for us tomorrow. It can be done. It's daunting, but it can be done."
PGA Tour: John Huh shot an even-par 70 for a share of the lead with Patrick Reed after three rounds in the Wyndham Championship. Huh and Reed, the second-round leader who shot a 71, were at 10-under 200. Zach Johnson had the day's best round -- a 66 -- and was a shot back along with Bob Estes (68) and Jordan Spieth (70) at Sedgefield Country Club.
Champions Tour: Rookie Bart Bryant shot a 10-under 62 to take the second-round lead at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. He made six birdies in his first seven holes at En-Joie Golf Club and was at 16-under 128, four shots ahead of Corey Pavin (64).