The putts wouldn’t fall, the chants of “Olé, Olé, Olé” have been few and the Europeans discover themselves in a deep gap early on the Solheim Cup.
The house group, searching for its first three-peat within the competitors, received off to a gradual begin at Finca Cortesin in Casares, Spain, and now enters Day 1 fourballs trailing the U.S., 4-0.
Right here’s a take a look at how the morning foursomes (alternate shot) performed out Friday morning.
Lexi Thompson/Megan Khang (U.S.) def. Maja Stark/Linn Grant (EUR), 2 and 1
U.S. captain Stacy Lewis expressed her religion in Thompson, who has struggled to her worst yr as a professional, by sending her out first, alongside Khang. The duo responded by successful the primary three holes of their match in opposition to the Swedish rookies.
Stark and Grant fought their approach again right into a tie by successful gap Nos. 6, 11 and 13 with birdies, however a 10-foot birdie by Thompson on the par-4 15th gave the U.S. a 1-up lead with three to play.
Although Grant saved the Euros alive with a prolonged birdie putt to tie the 16th, the Individuals matched Europe’s par on 17 to seal the match.
Danielle Kang/Andrea Lee (U.S.) def. Celine Boutier/Georgia Corridor (EUR), 1 up
Boutier and Corridor went 3-0 as a group in 2019 however simply 0-0-1 in ’21, and they’re now 0-1-0 this time round.
The Euros led, 1 up, by means of eight holes, however the U.S. gained Nos. 9 and 10 to regain the benefit. The back-and-forth match continued with Boutier and Corridor successful the 12th and the U.S. was in bother on the 13th, earlier than Kang made an enormous birdie putt to tie the opening.
With the match nonetheless knotted by means of 16 holes, the Individuals got here up clutch with a birdie on the par-3 17th to take a 1-up lead, which might maintain after each groups made par on the closing gap.
Nelly Korda/Allisen Corpuz (U.S.) def. Leona Maguire/Anna Nordqvist (EUR), 1 up
This was the one match that didn’t begin effectively for the U.S., with Korda hooking her opening tee shot into the lake that guards the entrance of the primary inexperienced. The Individuals would lose the opening gap, however shortly bounced again with wins at Nos. 3-5.
Main 1 up on the flip, Korda and Corpuz did sufficient to carry off the veteran Nordqvist and the scrappy Maguire. Korda’s tee shot on the par-3 17th offset Maguire’s lengthy birdie putt, and the ultimate gap was halved with pars to offer the Individuals a slim victory within the last match on the course. It wrapped up a clear sweep for the U.S. in foursomes for the primary time in Solheim Cup historical past.
Ally Ewing/Cheyenne Knight (U.S.) def. Charley Hull/Emily Pedersen (EUR), 5 and 4
This was the ultimate match of the session, however the first to complete. The veteran duo of Hull and Pedersen struggled mightily, dropping holes to par and tying holes with bogey.
Ewing, a three-time Cupper, and Knight, a rookie, gained six of the primary 9 holes earlier than the Euros received their solely gap win, on the 10th. It was a simple triumph for the U.S. to earn the primary factors of the 18th version of the matches,