The Solheim Cup, a biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States, is currently underway and all golf enthusiasts have their eyes glued on the developments. The Solheim Cup, which is named after Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer Karsten Solheim, who was a driving force behind its creation, is a major annual golf attraction.
So far Europeans are leading this year’s tournament. Swede Anna Nordqvist ended a major morning match on Saturday “with a hole in one using a 7-iron from 187 yards on the 17th hole, believed to be the first ace in the history of the competition.” Europe, which has never been in the lead in the U.S. out of six tries, now leads with an impressive 10.5-5.5 at Colorado Golf’s Club.
The USA, which requires 14.5 points to claim the Cup lost in 2011 in Ireland, haven’t lost Solheim Cup competition in continued series. The largest leap covered in Solheim Cup by any team is two points (1996 and 2002).
“Obviously, it was a very disappointing afternoon,” U.S. captain Meg Mallon said. “We have our work cut out for us (Sunday). It can be done. It’s daunting right now, but it can be done.”
” … Today was a magical day for the Europeans. For us, it was one of those days where the putts didn’t drop. It was literally shocking to see us lose all four matches in the afternoon,” he added.
Three veterans – Suzann Pettersen, Catriona Matthew and Nordqvist – were sat by Europe Caption Liselotte, who believed it was a bold move to send youngsters like Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Charley Hull in first afternoon. The two played well against Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson (2nd youngest player in the Solheim history).
11 birdies by the teenagers along with a key one for Hull at 17th were the highlights of the match. Thompson made Creamer’s birdie putt to halve the hole. Caroline teamed twice, once with Nordqvist in 2-1 victory in morning and second time with Caroline Masson with 2-1 victory over Korda & Michelle Wie.
Europe had a 5-3 lead early day. Creamer and Lewis won the final hole. The anchor match was won by Wie and Lang. A 5-footer was hit on the 18th by Mathew. Caroline and her mate pulled out a half against Lizette Salas and Lincicome in the exciting series.