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2021 Solheim Cup day one: USA 2½-5½ Europe – as it happened

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2021 Solheim Cup day one: USA 2½-5½ Europe – as it happened

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Here is Ewan Murray’s account.

Day one, afternoon fourballs outcomes

Honours even within the afternoon, which appears to be like about exact on stability, despite the indisputable truth that the foundations furore referring to the Overhanging Ball of Doom and Madelene Sagstrom’s quickfire concession will perchance dominate the column inches. But what a first day. Anna Nordqvist, Georgia Hall, Leona Maguire and Matilda Castren had been Europe’s seize, whereas the USA will likely be thankful to the never-relate-die brilliance of Lizette Salas and Jennifer Kupcho. It’s all build of living up for a properly-organized Sunday! Hope you’ll internet pleasure from it with us. Thanks for reading this blog, and glance you the next day!

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Ciganda/Popov

Thompson/Harigae v Nordqvist/Castren 4&3

Noh/Altomare v Hall/Maguire 1UP

USA 2½-5½ Europe

USA 2½-5½ Europe

Hall lags shut, and the second putt is conceded. The 2018 British Initiate champion save the pedal to the ground over the closing stretch, turning a one-hole deficit into a treasured level for Europe. Hugs all spherical. Europe will likely be thrilled with their day’s work.

Noh/Altomare v Hall/Maguire 1UP (F)

USA 2½-5½ Europe

… sends her putt off on the correct line, but fails to hit it! Frustratingly for the Individuals, she never gave it an opportunity to descend. That leaves Hall with two putts to give Europe a 3-level lead going into the next day.

Maguire’s third is decent, no more, a pair of toes additional on the relieve of Altomare. She’s successfully out of this hole. It’s all down as to whether Noh or Altamore can manufacture their birdie putts … and within the event that they attain, whether Hall can clear up and manufacture the job. Noh’s long rake goes nowhere plot. And so Altamore steps up and …

Maguire is pressured to avoid wasting up from the golf green bunker, but from 154 yards Hall swishes an sexy iron to five toes! That would possess secured Europe a treasured level. Noh pulls her second from the bunker to the a long way-left corner of the fairway, leaving exceptional as much as Altomare. She hits a dazzling plot in direction of the relieve of the fairway, a the same left-to-exact shape to Hall, but an additional ten toes relieve. Accumulated, she’ll possess an absolute most reasonable see at birdie from about 15 toes that, if made, would bundle all forms of force on Hall. What drama, and right here’s factual the first day!

Maguire’s power at 18 finds sand down the exact. Hall as regards to finds the the same lure but her ball snags within the first decrease plot the golf green. Altomare splits the golf green. Noh finds Maguire’s bunker. Some substantial moments establishing, a technique or the numerous!

Noh misreads, despite the indisputable truth that, and Europe live one up as they coast down 18. This isn’t the hole the build Bob Tway famously holed out from the bunker to snatch the 1986 PGA Championship from Greg Norman; they’ve switched the ninth and 18th this week because they had been disquieted few of the suits would attain the famed last. Naturally, all but one among today’s eight suits possess long past the distance today. What are the possibilities?

Noh/Altomare v Hall/Maguire 1UP (17)

USA 2½-4½ Europe

Altamore opts to head first, and steers a downhill left-to-exact swinger to a pair of toes. That’s secured the half of, and permits Noh to give her longer, uphill birdie effort an absolute most reasonable faded clack.

Hall chips as much as kick-in distance. In for par, it permits Maguire to possess a travel with her putt. That’s never entering into, and now the US possess two attempts to tie things up earlier than the last hole.

Noh/Altomare v Hall/Maguire 1UP (16)

USA 2½-4½ Europe

All four participants of the final group ship common wedges into 17. Altomare is the closest and will possess the single see at birdie. The momentum if truth be told is with the Individuals exact now. Europe will feel they let a dazzling situation poke by their fingers within the event that they’re merely one level ahead on the tip of the day. The USA may perchance be thrilled to search out themselves factual one on the relieve of.

Noh/Altomare v Hall/Maguire 1UP (16)

USA 2½-4½ Europe

Up to this level

USA 2½-4½ Europe

Lizette Salas snatches a level for the United States on the last! She whips a sexy plot into 18, pin excessive, six toes to the exact. Sophia Popov as regards to chips in from the front, Carlota Ciganda goes shut with a putt from the perimeter on the relieve, after which Salas rolls within the birdie putt! What a carpe-diem moment, and it’s one which’s hauled the hosts relieve into this event! Penny for the thoughts of Ciganda, despite the indisputable truth that, who disregarded that tiddler to take the 17th.

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Ciganda/Popov (F)

Noh/Altomare v Hall/Maguire 1UP (16)

USA 2½-4½ Europe

Up to this level

Extra chat! Now it’s Nelly Korda’s turn to confer with Sky. “Obviously that situation on the par five was unhappy, you don’t are making an strive to take a hole love that. But by the level I bought off the fairway, the referee came as much as us and stated they had been reviewing it. They stated we had no relate in it, and it was all as much as the foundations committee. Obviously it feels uncommon, but they did the single they may with the situation at hand.”

Ally Ewing adds: “We didn’t call the foundations official to ask the relaxation. We hope they designate we weren’t making an strive to take the hole that map. We had no sick will however the foundations committee did attain that option. It rattled both groups but it didn’t seize a long way off from the magnificent golf that was performed.”

Extra action! Hall tidies up for her birdie on 15 to give Europe the lead within the last fourball of the day.

Kupcho/Salas A/S Ciganda/Popov (17)

Noh/Altomare v Hall/Maguire 1UP (15)

USA 1½-4½ Europe

An understandably emotional Madelene Sagstrom talks to Sky. “Obviously I wasn’t following the foundations about leaving the ball for ten seconds. But I attain deem in integrity and the admire of the sport of golf, and I would never seize up a putt that had an opportunity to head in. I don’t agree with the option of the ball being on the edge but I didn’t educate the ten-second rule so it sucks exact now. I feel [welling up] love I let my crew down. It’s sharp because we’re on American soil and … oh gosh … [a tear falls] … I was going to wait for this till the locker room but that’s OK. It’s tricky, we’re giving our all available and combating so sharp, it’s factual sad that the sport is on that option. I’m going to head relieve, recoup and be magnificent for the next day.”

Nanna Koerstz Madsen adds: “I factual are making an strive to give a shout out to Madelene for dealing with this so completely. Of us started yelling awful stuff, and it was not relaxing for Madelene to be in that position. She felt sinful and she or he if truth be told shouldn’t, golf shouldn’t coast down to a putt that may well never possess long past in.”

USA 1½-4½ Europe

Madsen first, from the perimeter on the relieve. She offers it an absolute most reasonable roll, but it’s continually missing wide on the exact. So can Sagstrom, from the perimeter to the exact of the cup, manufacture up for the error that brand her crew on 13? Nope. She reads the line completely, but doesn’t hit it. It’s a first victory for the USA. Fist bumps that don’t see particularly warm, but perchance we’re reading too exceptional into that. It’s been a protracted day, in spite of the complete thing.

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (F)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Ciganda/Popov (17)

Noh/Altomare A/S Hall/Maguire (14)

USA 1½-4½ Europe

Ciganda pulls a awful birdie putt left of the cup at 17. The US dodge a bullet there. In the intervening time up on 18, Korda is in for par, which system Madsen and Sagstrom both possess 20-footers for the birdie that may well dramatically salvage half of a level.

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (17)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Ciganda/Popov (17)

Noh/Altomare A/S Hall/Maguire (14)

USA ½-4½ Europe

The last match has been aloof for a whereas, but Georgia Hall adjustments all that. On 15, she fires her second from 176 yards to 6 toes. Europe will possess a pair of probabilities to turn the all-square suits blue. In the intervening time on 18, no one’s particularly shut, so as things stand, a US soak up the first match looks to be like more likely than not.

Ciganda, miles out of position down the left of 17, whips an absolute stunner out of the grime and straight on the flag. Her ball rolls gracefully to four toes. Popov and Kupcho end wanting the fairway. The force’s all straight away on Salas, and she or he pulls her plot. “Wow!” she sighs. But her ball takes a friendly bounce off a financial institution to the left of the fairway, and leaves a 15-footer for birdie. That would prove to be critical. A couple of massive putts establishing!

USA ½-4½ Europe

Whatever happens subsequent, Europe will lead the Solheim Cup going into the second day. They’ve secured the first level of the afternoon fourballs. Lexi Thompson had one other chance to increase the match, but this time she’s not sinking a dramatic 25-footer. Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren stable a 4&3 victory over an out-of-sorts Thompson and Mina Harigae.

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (17)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Ciganda/Popov (16)

Thompson/Harigae v Nordqvist/Castren 4&3 (F)

Noh/Altomare A/S Hall/Maguire (14)

USA ½-4½ Europe

Up to this level

On 17, Ewing, Korda and Madsen stable their pars from lengths varied. That leaves Castren with a if truth be told fast and slippery downhill left-to-exact birdie chance. She tickles it away, but it’s continually heading left. The US are dormie, on account of the Amazing Overhanging Ball and Madelene Sagstrom’s hair-build of living off reactions!

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (17)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Ciganda/Popov (16)

Thompson/Harigae v Nordqvist/Castren 4UP (14)

Noh/Altomare A/S Hall/Maguire (12)

USA ½-3½ Europe

A long-fluctuate placing competition has been build of living up on 15. The Europeans factual have to stable a half of to stable the take. In the intervening time one other passionate fist pump by Sophia Popov, who tidies up for birdie on 16 and phases the second match.

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (16)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Ciganda/Popov (16)

Thompson/Harigae v Nordqvist/Castren 4UP (14)

Noh/Altomare A/S Hall/Maguire (12)

USA ½-3½ Europe

Popov knocks her second at 16 to a pair of toes from 130 yards. No longer quite a gimme but not a long way off it. These closing holes had been magnificent to Europe earlier today; will they turn more red genuine property on the scoreboard blue?

Kupcho and Salas both possess probabilities to take 15 from the perimeter, eight toes from the hole. The vulnerable elects to chip, the latter to putt. Neither manufacture it, and the hole is tied. In the intervening time on 16, Ewing makes a missable six-footer for par to halve that hole too. And on 14, Castren holes a snaking exact-to-left-and-relieve-as soon as more birdie putt from 30 toes. The outlet would stable a 5&4 take … but Thompson then rakes home a 25-footer for birdie to increase the match! It’s dormie four, however the Individuals are unruffled combating!

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (16)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Ciganda/Popov (15)

Thompson/Harigae v Nordqvist/Castren 4UP (14)

Noh/Altomare A/S Hall/Maguire (12)

USA ½-3½ Europe

Sky Sports confer with a Solheim Cup official, who clears up the foundations brouhaha. “When Nelly hit her putt, and it bought up in direction of the hole, it bought so shut to being within the hole that we sure that it was in actuality overhanging. And when the ball overhangs the hole, an opponent has to enable her opponent reasonable time to internet as much as the hole, then one other ten seconds to secret agent if that ball falls into the hole. That didn’t occur, so when the European participant picked up the ball, per the foundations of golf it was relatively decrease and dried. It didn’t give her adequate time. It was relatively sure decrease.”

Effort for Nelly Korda on 16, who goes from fairway bunker to greenside bunker, leaving herself shortsided. With both Europeans on the fairway, Ally Ewing must educate suit, and does so, factual about, the perimeter on the relieve stopping her ball toppling down the financial institution. A substantial splash and three vast putts establishing.

Castren visits the scene of the Mountainous Seven-2d Controversy. She’s bought a exceptional easier eagle chance than Nelly did. Admire Nelly, it doesn’t descend, however the birdie putt’s conceded anyway, and that’s adequate for but one other hole. Europe are closing in on a substantial take with only five holes left to play.

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (15)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Ciganda/Popov (14)

Thompson/Harigae v Nordqvist/Castren 4UP (13)

Noh/Altomare A/S Hall/Maguire (10)

USA ½-3½ Europe

Jennifer Kupcho drains one other long putt! She steers in a 50-footer from off the front of 14, and that’s a vast match-play moment, because Carlota Ciganda had despatched her map to ten toes, and the hole all straight away looks to be like an awful lot smaller. She tugs nervously at her birdie effort, and that’s a sensational smash and seize for the USA, who coast one up in match two!

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (15)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Ciganda/Popov (14)

Thompson/Harigae v Nordqvist/Castren 3UP (12)

Noh/Altomare A/S Hall/Maguire (10)

USA ½-3½ Europe

It’s additionally worth remembering that the first group had been positioned on the clock, which may merely price Sagstrom’s have to internet a switch on. It’s that you per chance may imagine to possess sympathy for both her and Europe for that, particularly as the ball was never shedding in, making the overhanging ruling severely academic and extraordinarily painful. But them’s the foundations, and them’s the breaks.

Up to this level

By the map, neither Nelly Korda nor Ally Ewing, nor indeed somebody on the US crew, made any form of criticism about Madelene Sagstrom conceding that birdie putt in seven seconds and deciding on the ball up earlier than the dispensed ten. It was seen by the referee, who raised the situation herself. Catriona Matthew isn’t soft about it, but as soon as there’s a bit of time and distance applied to the affair, she’ll perchance accept it as one among those things and switch on. It’s per chance for the single that the next hole is halved.

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (14)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Ciganda/Popov (12)

Thompson/Harigae v Nordqvist/Castren 3UP (12)

Noh/Altomare A/S Hall/Maguire (10)

USA ½-3½ Europe

While that fiasco was revealing itself, Georgia Hall despatched her second at 10 to 6 toes, and knocked within the birdie putt. After stemming the bleeding on the old hole, Europe possess clawed themselves level within the final match.

1UP N Korda/Ewing v Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (13)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Ciganda/Popov (12)

Thompson/Harigae v Nordqvist/Castren 3UP (11)

Noh/Altomare A/S Hall/Maguire (10)

USA ½-3½ Europe

Gap awarded to USA

Korda’s ball has been deemed to be overhanging, so she’s awarded the eagle three and the USA take the hole. They coast one up. That’s harsh in a plot on Europe, because there was little chance the ball would descend in – only a if truth be told miniature part of it was over the lip – and having come to a stop, without a freak gust it was never going to switch as soon as more within the next three seconds. But Sagstrom didn’t wait long adequate, and the foundations of golf are the foundations of golf. While you boil it all down, that’s on Sagstrom and Europe. They’ll don’t possess any complaints.

Controversy right here!

Madelene Sagstrom only waited seven seconds to take hang of up Nelly Korda’s ball on 13 and concede the birdie putt. The referee has attributable to this truth awarded Korda her eagle three, because technically the USA had been robbed of three seconds whereby the ball can possess toppled in. Sagstrom and captain Catriona Matthew are arguing that the ball wasn’t overhanging and would never possess dropped. “It was never going to head in,” insists Sagstrom. “It doesn’t subject, you didn’t wait the ten seconds,” says the referee. But then she asks whether the ball was overhanging, and agrees to see at television footage. Hmm. I believe Europe would be bang to rights right here on a technicality, but we’ll glance.

Thompson/Harigae and Nordqvist/Castren part the 11th in four. Castren had a tight opportunity to stretch Europe’s lead to four holes, but her 12-foot tickle from the perimeter on the relieve is continually drooping wide left. The USA need something to occur on this match swiftly.

N Korda/Ewing A/S Koerstz Madsen/Sagstrom (13)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Ciganda/Popov (12)

Thompson/Harigae v Nordqvist/Castren 3UP (11)

1UP Noh/Altomare v Hall/Maguire (9)

USA ½-3½ Europe

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2021 Solheim Cup day one: USA 2½-5½ Europe – as it happened