After two days of foursome and four-ball matches, Europe takes a two-point lead in the final day singles at the 2021 Solheim Cup.
On a sensational Saturday morning, Europa won 3.5 out of the four points available in the fours, before adding another 2 points in the afternoon. Team USA fought back on Sunday and bagged four points four times in the morning to narrow the gap to one point, but Europe turned the momentum around in the afternoon to take a 9-7 lead in the final day.
Newcomer Leona Maguire, who is the first Irish player to represent Europe in the Solheim Cup, has so far had a phenomenal competition claiming 3.5 out of 4 available points along with Mel Reid and Georgia Hall respectively.
‘You never know how you will react in these situations until you are placed in it. This is what you practice for. This is what you are preparing for. I love span golf. I love match play, ”said Maguire. “It felt like I was in college a little bit. I had fantastic partners who made me feel so comfortable out there, and I just tried to weaken them, gain momentum and make as many pitches as I could. “
In the morning, Maguire and Reid formed a formidable duo again when they defeated Nelly Korda and Ally Ewing 5 & 4 after a dominant performance. The pair returned for their four-ball against Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas, and despite being a large part of the encounter behind, a birdie at 18 from Reid ensured the game was halved.
“We tried to ride the wave this morning. We played great golf this morning, and making the win just as big as this morning was great. I was just trying to stay really patient. We knew it was going to be a very different game this afternoon, “said Maguire.” We knew the girls would be relentless, that we just had to stay there. “We didn’t try to be patient in the last few days. We tried to be patient, but we knew it would work for us, and we just waited for Mel to hit the end of the clutch shot.”
The other two points from Europe in the afternoon four balls come from Charley Hull and Emily Kristine Pedersen, who scored a 3 & 2 win over Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst.
In the second game of the afternoon, Carlota Ciganda and newcomer Nanna Koerstz Madsen scored a 1-win victory over Jessica Korda and Megan Khang.
The European duo missed large parts of the match, but a birdie by Koerstz Madsen at 12 leveled the teams before Ciganda’s 40-foot birdie at 15 made them stand up with 1.
“I think it was very important to reach that point,” said Ciganda, a five-time member of Team Europe. “It was a very tough match. The Americans were happy after having a lovely morning, so we knew it was going to be a tough afternoon. Tomorrow it was important to win these two days. ”
BUT SINGLES PAIRINGS (GMT)
17:05 – Anna Nordqvist (EUR) vs. Lexi Thompson (USA)
17:15 – Madelene Sagstrom (EUR) vs. Ally Ewing (USA)
17:25 – Leona Maguire (EUR) vs. Jennifer Kupcho (USA)
17:35 – Georgia Hall (EUR) vs. Nelly Korda (USA)
17:45 – Celine Boutier (EUR) vs.Mina Harigae (USA)
17:55 – Nanna Koerstz Madsen (EUR) vs. Austin Ernst (USA)
18:05 – Matilda Castren (EUR) vs. Lizette Salas (USA)
18:15 – Carlota Ciganda (EUR) vs Brittany Altomare (USA)
18:25 – Sophia Popov (EUR) vs.Megan Khang (USA)
18:35 – Mel Reid (EUR) vs. Yealimi Noh (USA)
18:45 – Charley Hull (EUR) vs. Jessica Korda (USA)
18:55 – Emily K. Pedersen (EUR) vs. Danielle Kang (USA)