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Europe grabs lead

Sorenstam speech works at Solheim Cup

October 7, 2000

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— Swedish sensation Annika Sorenstam gave a stirring speech to her teammates just hours before they jolted the United States to take a 51/2-21/2 lead after Friday's first day of the Solheim Cup.

Sorenstam, who won her two matches Friday, won't buying the fact the team is expected to lose its fifth Cup in six tries.

"I am glad it had a little bit of an impact on the players," she said. "I just wanted to pump them up because I was so pumped up."

It seemed to work. Europe swept to a 4-0 lead in morning foursomes as Laura Davies and Alison Nicholas led off with a 4-and-3 victory over Dottie Pepper and Juli Inkster.

Americans Rosie Jones and Becky Iverson rallied to beat Davies and Nicholas 6-and-5.

Americans Inkster and Sherri Steinhauer halved with Trish Johnson and Sophie Gustafson; Kelly Robbins and Pat Hurst beat Europe's Liselotte Neumann and Helen Alfressson 1-up; Janice Moodie and Annika Sorenstam won 1-up over Americans Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel.

The three-point lead is the largest any team has enjoyed after the first day.

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