Europe took an important step Friday toward winning the Solheim Cup on American soil.
Carlota Ciganda salvaged a par after a ruling that took about 30 minutes as she and Suzann Pettersen rallied to win a key fourballs match that staked Europe to a 5-3 lead in Parker, Colo.
Stacy Lewis was on the losing end of that match. She got into a heated discussion with a rules official as a long day at Colorado Golf Club was winding down.
Pettersen and Caroline Hedwall won both their matches for Europe.
It’s the second consecutive time that Europe has led after the opening day, winning in 2011 in Ireland. It has never won the Solheim Cup away from home.
In the afternoon fourballs, Pettersen and Ciganda beat Lewis and Lexi Thompson, 1 up, and Hedwall and Caroline Masson topped Angela Stanford and Gerina Piller, 2 and 1.
In the U.S. victories, Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang beat Anna Nordqvist and Giulia Sergas, 4 and 3, and Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr edged Catriona Matthew and Charley Hull, 2 and 1.
In Europe’s three wins in the opening foursomes matches, Pettersen and Beatriz Recari beat Lang and Stanford, 2 and 1; Hedwall and Nordqvist topped Lewis and Lizette Salas, 4 and 2; Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher beat Kerr and Paula Creamer, 2 and 1.
Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda won for the United States, beating Matthew and Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, 3 and 2.
ROOKIE LEADS WYNDHAM
PGA Tour rookie Patrick Reed shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over John Huh after the second round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
With wife Justine serving as his caddie, Reed had an 11-under 129 total.
Kenny Perry shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. … Blayne Barber (second-round 67) and Richard Scott (66) share the lead at 9-under 133 at the Web.com Tour’s News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn. University Place’s Andrew Putnam is tied for eighth, three shots back, after a 2-under 69. His older brother, Michael, made the cut at 139. … Australians Brady Watt and Oliver Goss advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals in Brookline, Mass., along with Canada’s Corey Conners and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, marking the first time that an American has failed to reach the final four.