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(AP) 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. 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.


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


It's the second straight 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 Wie and Kerr edged Catriona Matthew and 17-year-old Charley Hull 2 and 1.


In Europe's three victories 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.


After another round of morning foursomes and afternoon fourballs Saturday, the competition will conclude Sunday with 12 singles matches.


WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP


GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) 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.


With wife Justine serving as his caddie, Reed had an 11-under 129 total at Sedgefield.


Huh had the best round of the day a 62. John Deere winner Jordan Spieth was 9 under after a 66. Spieth is a PGA Tour rookie, and Huh is in his second year.


Charlie Wi, Bob Estes, Rory Sabbatini, Brian Harman, Jim Herman and first-round co-leader Ross Fisher were 7 under. Wi had a 65, Estes, Harman, Herman and Sabbatini shot 66, and Fisher had a 69.


Organizers moved up the third-round tee times Saturday to try to dodge a threat of rain, with players going off in threesomes at the first and 10th tees.


DICK'S SPORTING GOODS OPEN


ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) 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.


Perry, the Senior Players and U.S. Senior Open winner this summer, had three birdies over the final four holes to surge past Bart and Brad Bryant and Joel Edwards.


Perry's round turned with a brilliant shot at the par-5 12th hole. He holed a 6-iron from 187 yards for eagle. He also had six birdies to go with one bogey, hitting 15 fairways and putting just 26 times.


Esteban Toledo, Jeff Freeman, Rick Fehr, and Russ Cochran were tied for fifth at 67 as more than half the field broke par at the short-and-narrow En-Joie Golf Club under nearly ideal scoring conditions.


U.S. AMATEUR


BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) Australians Brady Watt and Oliver Goss advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals 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.


Watt, a co-medalist in stroke-play qualifying, had a dramatic 1-up victory over 17-year-old Scottie Scheffler of Dallas. Scheffler, the U.S. Junior Amateur champion, had a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh and trailed only once when Watt made a 5-foot par putt to win the match on the 18th hole.


On Saturday at The Country Club, Watt will face Goss a 5-and-3 winner over Brandon Matthews of Dupont, Pa. Fitzpatrick, trying to become the first English winner since 1911, beat Adam Ball of Richmond, Va., 4 and 3; and Conners topped co-medalist Neil Raymond of England 5 and 3.


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