The United States team began the Solheim Cup by dominating the European teams, scoring 4-0 in the four foursomes. played on the first day of the competition, where there was a great atmosphere in the stands of the Finca Cortesín golf course.
In four trials, there was full participation by North Americans in the alternating strokes modality, with four pairs emerging victorious, formed by Lexi Thompson and Meghan Kang, Andrea Lee and Danielle Kang, Nelly Korda and Allisen Corpuz and Ally Ewing and Cheyenne Knight.
The Swedish duo consists of Meja Stark and Linn Grant It was the first bet of captain Suzzane Petersen, two players with no previous experience in Solheim who couldn’t be as precise at the crucial moment as their rivals Lexi Thompson and Meghan Kang, who took advantage of Grant’s mistake on the 13th hole. on a putt of less than a meter that gave the United States the point.
Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall In the second confrontation of the morning they edged out Andrea Lee and Danielle Kang on the 6th hole, but from then on the results changed, although the score was tied again until everything was decided on the 17th hole, where Andrea Lee made a great birdie seemed to make it 2-0.
There was hope in the level the Swede would provide Anna Nordqvist and the Irish Leona Maguire to close the gap in the next round, and sure enough, they took the lead on the first hole against Nelly Korda and Allisen Corpuz, two top 10 players in the world, whose magic was felt on the 9th and 11th holes.
On matchday 16, the game became even more exciting when Leona Maguire finished with a good birdie, putting the emotions at the service of the thousands of spectators in attendance, but with a two-hole lead, the Europeans took a risk to take third place :0 and to prevent Anna Nordqvist’s last hit. Putt, almost two meters tall, didn’t go in.
In the last “foursome” duel they had Ally Ewing and Cheyenne Knight at a high level and left the Europeans no options Charley Hull and Emily Kristine Pedersen; The North Americans decided between holes 4 and 9 with a five-up partial that led to the score being 4-0 on the 14th hole.
Europe will have to respond this Friday afternoon in the games of the Fourball category, which will feature at Finca Cortesín the only Spaniard in the race, Carlota Ciganda, much loved and celebrated by the public on the Costa del Sol.