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Sep 6th, 2021

Solheim Cup 2021: Europe take 2 point lead into singles

Europe fight back after USA revival on Sunday morning

Team USA fought back on Sunday, clinching 3 points in the morning foursomes to close the gap to one point, but Europe turned the momentum around in the afternoon to lead 9-7 heading into the final day.
Come on!!

Rookie Leona Maguire, the first Irish player to represent Europe in the Solheim Cup, is having a phenomenal competition claiming 3.5 out of 4 available points.
“You never know how you are going to react in these situations until you are put in them. This is what you practice for. This is what you prepare for. I love team golf. I love match play,” said Maguire.
Morning Foursomes
I've been practicing counting to ten!

In the morning, Maguire and Reid teamed up once again as they defeated an out of form Nelly Korda and Ally Ewing 5&4 after a dominant performance.
Team USA took the other three morning foursomes with  Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst beating Georgia Hall and Madelene Sagstrom on the final hole 1 up.
“It was huge to get that point. We tried to get the crowd jacked up on pretty much every green, so that way everybody else could kind of hear those cheers,” said Ernst. “Then we started hearing more cheers from everybody else.”
Thompson and Altomare striding out!

Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare defeated Charley Hull and Emily K. Pedersen on the 17th hole, 2&1. Europe squandered an opportunity to level the match at the 16th where Hull thinned a shot from the greenside bunker and Thompson made them pay when she railed her long birdie at the 17th.
“I missed the fairway [on No. 17] and Brittany got me into a perfect spot,” said Thompson. “All I wanted was her on the green for me to get a putt at it and happened to roll it.”
In the final match, the European duo of Matilda Castren and Anna Nordqvist tasted defeat for the first time going down 3&1 to Lizette Salas and Jennifer Kupcho.
Rock paper scissors for who buys the first Tizer!

Castren and Nordqvist led by one hole heading into the back nine but they struggled thereafter and with Kupcho's putter running hot the point went the way of America.
“I definitely thrive under this [pressure]. It’s so fun to hear the crowd roar [like after my putts on Nos. 15 and 17]. As a rookie, it’s super exciting for me,” Kupcho said. “I love the sound of it. I’ll keep doing it, hopefully."
Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst def. Georgia Hall and Madelene Sagstrom, 1 up
Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare def. Charley Hull and Emily K. Pedersen, 2 and 1
Mel Reid and Leona Maguire def. Nelly Korda and Ally Ewing, 5 and 4
Lizette Salas and Jennifer Kupcho def. Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren, 3 and 1
Afternoon fourballs
In Sunday’s afternoon fourballs, Europe managed to turn an early tide of red to regain some of their advantage winning two matches and halving another to end the day leading 9 points to 7.
Putting machine Harigae

In the top match, American rookies Yealimi Noh and Mina Harigae always looked too strong for Europe’s rookie Sophia Popov and Celine Boutier. Harigae in particular was stunning on the greens as the American pair won 3&1.
“Mina made lots of good putts on the front nine and really got the crowd going, too, from that. It was good,” said Noh. “It was good to have a lead on the front nine for once. I think it was our first time having a lead.”
Did I leave my phone on charge?

In match two, it was a competitive battle until the very end, as Carlota Ciganda and Nanna Koerstz Madsen edged out Jessica Korda and Megan Khang of Team USA with a 1-up victory. There was no lead greater than that margin throughout the match for either team.
“If I was in trouble, Carlota played great and the other way around. If she was in trouble, I did some good stuff,” said Koerstz Madsen, a Solheim Cup rookie. “The other girls played really good, so it was a really fun match going back and forth. The crowd was crazy.”
The highs of Solheim Cup

The heroes for Europe in the morning, Reid and Maguire returned to take Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas in match three of the fourballs. The Europeans were behind for much of the encounter and when Kupcho chipped in to win the 17th to go one up it was not looking good.
However, Mel Reid pulled off the shot of the day at the 18th, hitting her second shot to three feet for a tremendous birdie and a halved match.
“We knew the girls were going to be relentless, that we just had to hang in there. We were down for most of the day, which is a position we hadn't been in the last couple days. Tried to be patient, we knew it would turn for us, and just waited for Mel to hit that clutch shot at the end,” said Maguire.
Chilled is an understatement!

In the final match, Charley Hull and Emily Kristine Pedersen made up for the disappointment of the morning foursome by beating Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst by 3&2.
It was a tight affair for the opening nine holes but the European pair slowly built a lead and despite the Americans staying in the hunt, Pedersen closed out the match with a great second to the 16th.
“I was pretty chilled all the way. Emily made a great eagle on the eighth hole, and then I made two good birdies on the back nine on 10 and 11, then she birdied 12,” said Hull. “It just gave us some good momentum.”
Yealimi Noh and Mina Harigae def. Celine Boutier and Sophia Popov, 3 and 1
Carlota Ciganda and Nanna Koerstz Madsen def. Jessica Korda and Megan Khang, 1 up
Mel Reid and Leona Maguire tied with Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas 
Charley Hull and Emily K. Pedersen def. Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst, 4 and 2

TAGS: Solheim Cup, 2021, Team Europe, Team USA, Leona Maguire, Mel Reid