Solheim Cup: Team Europe move into 5.5-2.5 lead against Team USA after controversial opening day | Golf News


Team Europe claimed a share of the spoils in the afternoon fourballs to move 5.5-2.5 ahead and retain their three-point lead on a controversial opening day at the Solheim Cup – watch day two live from midday on Sky Sports Golf.

Last Updated: 04/09/21 11:41pm

Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren won both matches together during a memorable opening day for Team Europe

Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren won both matches together during a memorable opening day for Team Europe

Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren continued their unbeaten start to the Solheim Cup to help Team Europe retain their three-point lead on a controversial opening day in Ohio.

The Scandinavian pair cruised to a 4&3 victory over Lexi Thompson and Mina Harigae in the afternoon fourballs to secure their second point of the day at the Inverness Club, having defeated Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst in the morning session.

That win followed an unbeaten foursomes session for Team Europe and briefly moved Catriona Matthew’s side into a 4.5-0.5 advantage, only for Nelly Korda and Ally Ewing to get Team USA’s first full point of the contest after benefiting from a contentious ruling in their match.

Madelene Sagstrom picked up Nelly Korda's eagle putt before waiting the full ten seconds to see if it would fall into the hole, seeing Team USA awarded the hole in that fourball match

Madelene Sagstrom picked up Nelly Korda’s eagle putt before waiting the full ten seconds to see if it would fall into the hole, seeing Team USA awarded the hole in that fourball match

Madelene Sagstrom picked up Nelly Korda’s eagle putt before waiting the full ten seconds to see if it would fall into the hole, seeing Team USA awarded the hole in that fourball match

Korda’s eagle putt on the 13th stopped on the edge of the hole and was quickly picked up by Madelene Sagstrom, playing alongside Nanna Koerstz Madsen, with the rules official deeming the Swede to have not waited long enough and crediting the eagle to Team USA.

The decision moved Korda and Ewing one ahead with six holes to play and helped them complete a narrow victory on the 18th, while Lizette Salas found a final-hole birdie to see her and Jennifer Kupcho win by the same margin against Carlota Ciganda and Sophia Popov.

Georgia Hall and Leona Maguire’s match against Brittany Altomare and Yealimi Noh also went to the par-five last, where the European pair secured a 1up win to give the visitors a 5.5-2.5 lead heading into Sunday.

More to follow…

Watch the Solheim Cup throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues Sunday from midday on Sky Sports Golf and – for free – on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel.



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