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Anna Nordqvist hit the first ever hole-in-one in Solheim Cup history to help Europe open up a five-point lead over USA in Colorado.
The Americans looked like they were going to mount a comeback on Saturday after closing the overnight gap by winning two and halving one of Saturday’s morning foursomes.
However, sheer domination from Europe in the afternoon’s fourballs meant that they were able to scoop all four points on offer to end the day 10.5-5.5 ahead.
With 12 singles matches remaining on Sunday the balance of power remains firmly with the European side needing only 3.5 points
No team has ever come back from more than two points behind to claim the trophy but US captain Meg Mallon remains positive going into the final day.
Mallon said: “Obviously, it was a very disappointing afternoon.
“We have our work cut out for us tomorrow. It can be done. It’s daunting right now but it can be done.”
The story of the day went to Nordqvist who holed her tee shot on the 17th and she and Caroline Hedwall came from four down to beat Jessica Korda and Pressel.
Nordqvist said: “I don’t think it has hit me yet.
“It was a really good shot, going straight at it. We thought it might be a little long, but it pitched and hit, and it’s just an unbelievable feeling.”