Saturday, December 2, 2023

Europe and the USA share the morning four

Europe and the United States equally shared the four points at stake in the morning foursomes, a result that increases the value of the afternoon fourballs. Only one of the duels, that between Nelly Korda and Allisen Korpuz, was clearly unbalanced on the North American side. Europe countered thanks to the effectiveness of the Ciganda-Pedersen pair in the first game and the combined strength of Grant-Stark in the last game, a crucial point when it was already known that Lexi Thompson and Megan Khang had put the second point of the morning on the scoreboard . UNITED STATES.

Saturday morning foursome: Europe 2 – United States 2

Carlota Ciganda – Emily Pedersen (Europe) defeated Lilia Vu – Jennifer Kupcho (USA) 2/1

Based on the reaction from the previous day, captain Suzzane Pettersen put Carlota Ciganda in the lead along with Denmark’s Emily Pedersen. The tees on hole 1 roared and the machinery started to deepen the turnaround on the scoreboard. The Spanish-Irish pair took a strong lead with two points on holes 5 and 6, but were immediately countered by the North Americans on holes 7 and 8. Two shots from the Europeans on the 10th and 13th holes gave way to a spectacular American birdie on the 15th, which increased the tension to the maximum. It was Carlota Ciganda who put the first European point on the scoreboard of the day with a decisive putt on the 17th hole.

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Lexi Thompson – Danielle Kang (USA) defeated Anna Nordqvist – Leona Maguire (Europe) by 1

The Swede and the Irishman repeated their experience in the foursome, this time taking the initiative with some clarity in the first round, which was dominated by the Europeans until three consecutive bogeys between holes 9 and 11 put the North Americans in the lead. A great birdie from Nordqvist on the 14th brought the game back to first place. On the par-3 17th, a ball that Nordqvist himself threw into the exit bunker made the following American point possible, which ultimately meant a decisive advantage.

Nelly Korda – Allisen Corpuz (USA) defeated Georgia Hall – Celine Boutier (Europe) 5/3

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The pair of Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier were destined to become one of the strongest in the European team, but the truth is that they did not perform as expected in the foursome. He didn’t make it to the end on Friday, and he didn’t make it to the end on Saturday against Nelly Korda and Allisen Corpuz, who already proved victorious in their first foursome.

The duel had no history: two American birdies at the start and then rowing against the current. Korda and Corpuz gradually increased their lead (3 on 7, 4 on 11, 5 on 13) against a European pair that could only make three birdies all morning. The only joy was Georgia Hall’s beautiful long birdie putt on 14 to extend the set.

Maja Stark – Linn Grant (Europe) beat Danielle Kang – Andrea Lee (USA) by 1

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The last game of the morning appeared on the scoreboard to be crucial for Europe not to lose, and the European pair did not fail. Also the American, who stayed in the game the whole time with the help of a spectacular putt from Andrea Lee. So much so that he forced Linn Grant into a remarkable birdie on the 18th hole to win.

The match was a roller coaster ride, especially from the 8th hole onwards, absolutely exciting. The guests never took advantage. Europe did everything to increase an income that never went above 1up, but Lee and Kang not only did not allow it, but they also reached a tie of up to four times. The highlight of the game was Maja Stark’s sensational putt on the 17th hole, with which she regained the lead. Linn Grant, already 18th, achieved a victory that tasted like more than just a point.

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