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    Europe has a solid start to the Solheim Cup

    Europe took an important step Friday toward finally breaking through in the Solheim Cup away from home.

    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, who was on the losing end of that match, 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.


    Michelle Wie displayed a solid short game and Cristie Kerr came to life with her putter to help the Americans keep it close.

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    Lewis was unhappy about the use of a laser by the official to determine the right drop. At one point, Lewis threw her hands in the air. Along with using a laser, Lewis was upset with the length of the chaotic ruling.

    The laser was used to make sure Ciganda’s options would be equal distance from the hole.

    ‘‘Part of the problem we had with it was the rules official lasered the flag and made it public information. So he gave them a number,’’ Lewis said.

    That was a moot point, however, when Ciganda eventually dropped from an entirely different spot. She hit her fourth shot just off the green, and holed a 15-foot putt right when it looked as if the Americans would take the lead in the match.


    ‘‘The explanation was about as bad as the ruling, I thought,’’ Lewis said. ‘‘I don’t think it was correct. It took way too long. It killed the momentum of our match. It killed the momentum of the matches behind us, and it’s just not what you want the rules officials to ever do.’’

    Lewis struggled with the pace of lightning fast greens on the front nine as she and Lizette Salas fell too far behind to catch up in morning foursomes, losing 4 and 2. Lewis played with another US rookie, Lexi Thompson, who twice squandered good birdie chances late in the fourballs, falling, 1 up.

    Lewis is 1-5 in the Solheim Cup.

    Pettersen and Hedwall led the European charge by winning both their matches, account for 4 points. Pettersen, playing in her seventh Solheim Cup, drilled a fairway metal into 20 feet on the 16th hole that set up Beatriz Recari for the eagle putt to take charge in a foursomes match, a 2-and-1 decision. In the afternoon, it was Pettersen’s 7-foot birdie putt on the 16th — after Thompson three-putted for par — that gave Europe the lead in a 1-up victory.

    The day was not a total loss for Meg Mallon’s squad.


    She was scrutinized for taking Wie as a captain’s pick. Wie’s superb short game combined with Cristie Kerr making big putts early as they disposed of Catriona Matthew and 17-year-old Charley Hull, 2 and 1, in the final match. The Americans picked up another point in the afternoon behind Brittany Lang and Brittany Lincicome, with Lang holing a bunker shot on the 14th hole to give her side control of the match.

    PGA — With his wife Justine serving as his caddie, rookie Patrick Reed shot a 6-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. He had an 11-under 129 total.

    ‘‘I don’t mind her having all the attention,’’ Reed said. ‘‘Less attention for me, which means I can just focus more on my game.’’

    Reed had six birdies in a bogey-free round that was a stroke shy of matching his best of the year. John Huh had the best round of the day — a 62 — to move to 10 under. John Deere winner Jordan Spieth was 9 under after a 66.

    Champions — In Endicott, N.Y., Kenny Perry shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

    Perry sank a birdie putt at No. 18 to move ahead of brothers Brad and Bart Bryant and Joel Edwards.

    It was old hat for Perry, the Senior Players and US Senior Open winner this summer, and a breakthrough moment for Bart Bryant. The Champions Tour rookie missed three years with wrist injuries at the end of his PGA Tour career. — Richard Scott shot a 5-under-par 66 to tie Blayne Barber at the top of the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn. Scott and Barber are both at 9-under 133, leading a group of five players at 135.