Solheim Cup: Europe have surged clear after an incredible afternoon in Colorado
Europe have a commanding five-point lead in the Solheim Cup after a sensational clean sweep of Saturday's fourballs.
Last Updated: 18/08/13 11:18pm
The visitors began the session with a slender 6.5-5.5 lead but finished the day within sight of a first Cup win on American soil.
Captain Lotte Neumann bravely selected five of her six rookies for the key session and they all justified her faith, while star-of-the-show Caroline Hedwall bagged her fourth point of the contest.
English pair Jodie Ewart Shadoff and 17-year-old Charley Hull won the highest quality match, edging out Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson two-up after a thrilling duel.
One or other of the pairs made birdie at 13 of the 18 holes and Ewart Shadoff said: "It was pretty epic. Both teams played really well and it was a great match to be a part of."
Spanish duo Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz found themselves two down to Gerina Piller and Angela Stanford after seven but then won three of the next four holes.
The Americans levelled at 14 but Ciganda rolled in a birdie putt to clinch a dramatic one-up victory on the final hole before celebrating in style.
Hedwall delivers again
Meanwhile, the unstoppable Hedwall teamed up with Caroline Masson, and the duo took the lead for good at the fifth before going on to beat Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda 2&1.
"You can't lose with her by your side," said Masson. "It was a lot of fun today."
The final match produced even more drama, although that looked unlikely when Europeans Karine Icher and Beatriz Recari went three-up over Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel at 10.
The Americans won the 11th and then the 16th, after an extraordinary half-hour row between the teams over ball placings after Recari and Kerr both found water.
The hosts looked set to snatch a half with a birdie at the last but Icher rolled in a monster putt from off the green to deny them even that consolation.
Europe now lead 10.5-5.5 and 3.5 points from Sunday's singles will ensure they retain the Cup, while four points will guarantee a historic outright win.