PARKER, Colo. — With a little help from an incorrect ruling, Europe took an important step Friday toward winning the Solheim Cup on American soil.
Carlota Ciganda of Spain was allowed to hit from the wrong spot and salvaged an unlikely par from a hazard on the par-5 15th hole, keeping her and Suzann Pettersen from falling behind in a pivotal fourballs match. Pettersen won the next hole with a birdie, sending them from 2 down at the turn to a 1-up victory that staked Europe to a 5-3 lead.
A long day at Colorado Golf Club ended with Stacy Lewis, on the losing end of that match, getting into a heated discussion with an official over the use of a laser by the official to determine the right drop.
Along with using a laser, she 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. Turns out that wasn't the problem. Ciganda was allowed to drop some 40 yards behind, which is not allowed under Rule 26-1-c.
LPGA Tour rules official Brad Alexander, called in for a second opinion, incorrectly allowed Ciganda to hit from that spot. Because an official made the ruling, it stood even though it was wrong. It was the first of four matches in the afternoon. Momentum was on the American side. And the three groups behind them were stacked up for a half-hour waiting.
It was a tough day for Lewis, coming off a Women's British Open title at St. Andrews.
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. Lewis played with another U.S. rookie, Lexi Thompson, who twice squandered good birdie chances late in the fourballs. Lewis is 1-5 in the Solheim Cup.
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 Europe's other victory in the afternoon fourballs, Caroline 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 Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr edged Catriona Matthew and 17-year-old Charley Hull 2 and 1.
At Greensboro, N.C., 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.
At Knoxville, Tenn., Ashland's Jason Allred posted a bogey-free round of 68 in the News Sentinel Open and stands in a tie for 30th with a 138 through 36 holes at par-71 Fox Den Country Club.
Allred birdied two par-4 holes on the front nine and the par 3 16th on the backside to finish the second round at 4-under for the tournament.
Blayne Barber and Richard Scott, the only player in the field yet to make a bogey, are tied for first with a 9-under par 133 at the halfway point of this 24th annual event.
Dick's Sporting Goods Open
At Endicott, N.Y., 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.