Solheim Cup: Europe Rides Foursomes Romp to Big Day-One Lead

Leona Maguire Solheim Cup Day 1
Leona Maguire of Team Europe reacts to her putt on the 14th green during the Foursomes Match on day two of the Solheim Cup at the Inverness Club on Sept 5, 2021 in Toledo, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus via Getty Images)

The United States split the afternoon Four-Ball matches 2-2, but after getting blasted 3.5 to 0.5 in the morning Foursomes matches, the USA will enter Sunday down by three points, 5.5 to 2.5.

It wasn’t as bad as it looks, though. Europe won all three of its Foursomes matches 1 up, meaning each went 18 holes.

Europe’s star was Ireland’s Leona Maguire, who first teamed with veteran Mel Reid of England in morning Foursomes to beat world No. 1 Nelly Korda and sister Jessica Korda, 1 up.

The 26-year old then paired with a second Brit in Georgia Hall to earn another 1-up victory over USA’s Yealimi Noh and Brittany Altomare in the afternoon Four-Ball format.

“Trying to stay as calm as possible,” said Maguire, “Soak it all in. It’s been good.”

SOLHEIM CUP: OVERALL SCORE

EUROPE 5.5, USA 2.5

SATURDAY FOURSOMES RESULTS

EUROPE 3.5, USA .5
Matilda Castren/Anna Nordqvist (EUR) def. Austin Ernst/Danielle Kang (USA), 1 up; Celine Boutier/Georgia Hall (EUR) tied with Ally Ewing/Megan Khang (USA); Leona Maguire/Mel Reid (EUR) def. Nelly Korda/Jessica Korda (USA), 1 up; Charley Hull/Emily K. Pedersen (EUR) def. Brittany Altomare/Lexi Thompson (USA), 1 up

SATURDAY FOUR-BALL RESULTS

EUROPE 2, USA 2
Nelly Korda and Ally Ewing (USA) def. Nanna Koerstz Madsen and Madelene Sagstrom (EUR), 1 up; Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas (USA) def. Carlota Ciganda and Sophia Popov (EUR), 1 up; Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren (EUR) def. Lexi Thompson and Mina Harigae (USA), 4 and 3; Georgia Hall and Leona Maguire (EUR) def. Yealimi Noh and Brittany Altomare (USA), 1 up

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