The Spaniard’s victory was the culmination of a great team effort, and Caroline Hedwall’s reaction was decisive.
This Sunday at Finca Cortesín was one of those unforgettable moments that only sport can offer. Thousands of people held their breath to witness the highlight of the day: the outcome of the match between Carlota Ciganda and Nelly Korda, which gave Europe the sixth point of the day and therefore enabled it to retain its title.
INDIVIDUALS SUNDAY: Europe, 6 – USA, 6
FINAL RESULT: Europe, 14 – USA, 14 (Europe retains title)
Megan Khang (USA) beats Linn Grant (Europe) by 1up
The American, one of the mainstays of her team throughout the tournament (3.5 points in total), once again showed great solvency against Sweden’s Linn Grant. She dominated the match from the first to the last hole, with differences that never exceeded 2 holes, although she never fell behind on the scoreboard despite the efforts of Linn Grant, who was a good support for the European team (3 points) during the competition.
Leona Maguire (Europe) beats Rose Zhang (USA) by 4/3
Leona Maguire registered the first point of the day for the European team. The Irishwoman, who contributed 3 points in total, clearly dominated her opponent despite the young Rose Zhang scoring the first hole. From then on, five birdies from the European golfer allowed her to open a clear gap on the scoreboard, especially in the second part of the round. The duel ended deservedly at the 15th hole in Maguire’s favour. Zhang’s Solheim Cup debut fell short of expectations (half a point for her team).
Danielle Kang (USA) beats Charlie Hull (Europe) 4/2
Danielle Kang brought the second point of the day for the United States in a match that was dominated, like the day’s opener, from the first to the last hole. Five birdies minimized the timid reactions of Charlie Hull. The English player tried butdid not give the impression of being able to stop the gale of American play. The match crossed its halfway point with a three-hole lead for Kang, a premonition of what was to follow.
Anna Nordqvist (Europe) beats Jennifer Kupcho (USA) 2/1
The Swede contributed just one win to the European team, a seemingly meagre but at the same time very timely performance. Jennifer Kupcho also made a timid contribution (only half a point in total). After four holes of equality, Anna Nordqvist took the lead and did not let go until she won on the 17th hole.
Georgia Hall (Europe) tied with Andrea Lee (USA)
The English player will not forget for a long time the putt of barely half a metre that she missed on the 17th hole and that allowed the American golfer to tie a match that she had very complicated on the 14th hole. However, a sequence of two birdies on the 15th and 17th holes by Andrea Lee allowed her to reach that tie that would not be moved.
Gemma Dryburgh (Europe) tied with Cheyenne Knight (USA)
Gemma Dryburgh made her Solheim Cup debut in the best possible way, taking a three-hole lead on the 7th hole, but Cheyenne Knight never gave up and gradually reduced the European lead until she tied on the 16th, a result that would hold until the end. A half-point that was a great result for the American side.
Angel Yin (USA) beats Céline Boutier (Europe) by 2/1
Céline Boutier was only two holes ahead in a match clearly dominated by the American Angel Yin; however, the Frenchwoman’s determination led her to tie on holes 2, 11 and 15, but it was not enough and she ended up losing on the 17th hole after the American’s seventh birdie.
Caroline Hedwall (Europe) beats Ally Ewing (USA) by 2up
Caroline Hedwall lifted the crowd out of their seats when she tied a match that she had been losing by three holes, but a sequence of four birdies in five holes, from 13 to 17, put her ahead on the scoreboard, a magnificent comeback that she finished on the 18th hole. A very valuable role for a player who until Saturday afternoon had not played a single match.
Lilia Vu (United States) beats Madelene Sagstrom (Europe) by 4/3
Lilia Vu could not have found a better time than this to win her first Solheim Cup point. Four birdies in the first four holes gave her a lead that was to prove decisive, partly because Madelene Sagstrom, whose strength this week has been in the Fourballs, had an unlucky day. Only one birdie was scored by the Swedish golfer. The final 4/3 speaks of the difference between the two on Sunday.Maja Stark (Europa) gana a Allisen Corpuz (Estados Unidos) por 2/1
The Swedish golfer began tense, with a ball in the water on the bustling hole 1, but little by little she released the drops of good golf that had been seen in the previous two days. A birdie by the Swede on the 17th transferred the tension to Corpuz, who was a bundle of nerves on the 18th. Great Solheim for Maja Stark.
Carlota Ciganda (Europe) beats Nelly Korda (USA) by 2/1.
Touching Carlota. The match of this Solheim, the really decisive, at times even dramatic. The Spaniard took advantage of the fact that until the ninth hole the number 2 of the World Ranking did not know the birdie, between an escape and a putt something erratic. She was 3up with eight holes played, a juicy income that no one can trust if Nelly Korda is in front of her. And no wonder, because the American got back on track and tied the match on the 15th, and the point at that point was decisive for Europe to retain the title. As it was, Carlota Ciganda, controlling the pressure on her shoulders in a superhuman way, scored a superb birdie at the 16th to regain the lead. She finished off a hole later to unleash delirium among her team-mates. Surely, the highlight of the career of the best Spanish golfer in history.
Lexi Thompson (USA) beats Emily Pedersen (Europe) 2/1.
It could have been the decisive match of this Solheim Cup, but it was actually the one with the least glory. The European started winning (2up to 3), but the American turned it around fiercely (3up to 12). The Dane, who arrived with doubts, says goodbye with five games played and half of the points won, and giving a fantastic show of pundonor against a Lexi Thompson who has added three points in Finca Cortesín.
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