Europe lead 8-5 after incident-packed day in Germany

Sat Sep 19, 2015 3:38pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

ST LEON-ROT, Germany (Reuters) - The second day of the Solheim Cup had it all, a heated exchange between the captains, a startling comeback, and a strong effort from Europe that gave the holders an 8-5 lead over the U.S on Saturday.

An exhaustingly long day containing a spill-over from Friday's play meant that three afternoon fourballs will have to be completed on Sunday ahead of the 12 singles matches that are going to decide the destiny of the trophy.

After the two uncompleted fourballs from the night before both ended in halves, U.S. skipper Juli Inkster and European counterpart Carin Koch were involved in a lengthy finger-wagging dispute out on the course.

It appeared as though the American was unhappy that one of Koch's vice-captains may have given direct advice to one of the European players.

Under Solheim Cup rules only the captain can give direct advice to one of her team members.

Inkster and Koch refused to shed light on their exchange at the end of the day.

"I don't really want to get into it," the American told reporters. "It was a little discussion but we're all good now.

"It's petty women stuff, 'she said', 'he said', 'they said', it's over with."   Continued...