European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew was holding on to a star combination from Gleneagles when the quartet was announced on Saturday morning.
Frenchman Celine Boutier and English side Georgia Hall, who were unbeaten in Scotland in 2019, are back together and will face Ally Ewing and Megan Khang in the second leg.
Matthew said: ‘I was thinking of possible matings, and of course Celine and Georgia did so well at Gleneagles. It was clear that we would definitely try to extinguish this time again. ”
Two newcomers make their debut in the Solheim Cup on Saturday, while Finnish Matilda Castren and Irish Leona Maguire get their first taste of the competition.
The honor of kicking off the morning session is the Swedish Anna Nordqvist with Castren, while performing against Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst. Nordqvist enters the Solheim Cup of 2021, just behind her AIG Women’s Open victory, while Castren has triumphed on the LPGA Tour and LET in recent months.
With Anna winning her victory at the AIG Women’s Open, she’s strong, she’s very confident and we wanted her to lead the team. Matilda plays very well on both tours. I think it’s a very strong connection and we have great confidence in her, ‘explains Matthew.
Another European newcomer who will make his mark is Maguire, who will play alongside Mel Reid, and the duo will battle it out against sisters Nelly and Jessica Korda.
In the final pair for Europe, Charley Hull, who is making her fifth consecutive Solheim Cup appearance, will play with 2020 Race to Costa del Sol champion Emily Kristine Pedersen and they will face Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare.
‘Leona is another player in our team who has played very well on the LPGA. “She just achieved results every week and we have the full confidence to continue and do what they did week after week,” said the European captain.
“We have a strong team, but we certainly do not underestimate the Americans. They also have an excellent team, it is a very strong team and on their own soil. We are confident in our team, but we know we are going to have a real battle on hand. ”
SATURDAY PERFORMANCE PAIRING (US EAST TIME, -5 HOURS UK)
7:35 – Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren (EUR) vs. Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst (USA)
07:47 – Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall (EUR) vs. Ally Ewing and Megan Khang (USA)
7:59 am – Mel Reid and Leona Maguire (EUR) vs. Nelly Korda and Jessica Korda (USA)
08:11 – Charley Hull and Emily Kristine Pedersen (EUR) vs. Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare (USA)
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