12/08/2019. Ladies European Tour 2019. The Solheim Cup Team Announcement, Gleneagles Hotel , Auchterader, Scotland. 12 August 2019. Portrait of The Solheim Cup. Credit: Tristan Jones

The opening day of the Solheim Cup between the USA and Europe has seen a minor surprise with the Europeans taking a 4½ to 3½ lead into Saturday’s matches.

The Americans have won ten of the biennial 15 encounters to date since the event was first played in 1990.

The Europeans won the morning foursomes matches on Friday by 2½ to 1½ while honours were shared evenly in the afternoon fourball match-ups.

The Americans need 14 points at the completion of Sunday’s Single encounters to retain the Solheim Cup they won two years ago in Iowa while the Europeans need 14½ points to take the cup back after having last won in 2013 in Colorado.