The chants of ''USA! USA!'' ringing through the 15th green shifted to ''While we're young! While we're young!''
For 25 minutes Friday at the Solheim Cup, Americans Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson paced around, putters in hand, bending and flexing to stay loose. They were waiting first for European Carlota Ciganda to find her ball, which was lodged in knee-high scrub in a hazard, then for a cadre of rules officials to tell Ciganda where it was legal to drop.
''That's not golf,'' Lewis said.
At least not by the rules.
Hours after Ciganda took her drop, hit to 15 feet and salvaged a par to halve the hole, rules officials said they had made an incorrect ruling about the location of the drop. But there was no way to remedy the ruling after the fact, so the hole and the match stood.
Ciganda and Suzann Pettersen beat Lewis and Thompson 1 up after being 2 down earlier in the back 9. Europe closed out Day 1 with a 5-3 lead.
Lewis and Thompson, playing in the first match of the afternoon,...