Ohio was Scotland

“We have one of the best teams in history,” said Carlota Ciganda in the preview of the 17th Solheim Cup. The 31-year-old Navarrese, the only Spaniard in the European team, knew that the dozen golfers who went to the Inverness Club in Ohio they could take the second cup on American soil. The Old Continent defended the title won against the USA in the 2019 edition in Gleneagles (Scotland) with a tight 14.5 to 13.5 and despite the fact that the dozen European players have faced the powerful North American team almost alone, and their audience, they have achieved the goal.

The success in the singles day was preceded by a great performance in the points distributed in foursomes (one ball per pair) and fourball (one ball per player and the one with the best hole counts) since Europe reached the twelve singles with a 9 to 7 in favor so they only needed five points to secure the tie that allowed them to retain the Solheim Cup.

The pressure, both for responsibility and for the stands, and the nerves that such an important event could carry in the European players were well controlled and all of them, Top 100 of the world ranking, were taking their games in advantage or very even Except for the German Popov. The resounding victory of the Irish Leona Maguire against Kupcho by 5 and 4 gave the point 10 to Europe and gave even more wings to her continental companions. Like the Swedish Madeleine Sagstrom who beat Ewing by 3 and 2, or the French Celine Boutier who did the same by defeating Harigae by 5 and 4. The 12 to 7 with nine points at stake was an Everest that the North Americans saw a miracle tread.

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2021 British Open winner Anna Nordqvist of Sweden added another half a point after drawing a lavish, high-quality duel with Lexi Thompson. A point and a half then separated Europe from the final triumph … but the United States pressed. The victories of Nelly Korda, Meghan Kang and Britanny Altomare, who defeated Carlota Ciganda by 2 and 1, coupled with the significant advantage that Yeilimi Noh gained in his match against Mel Reid brought the digits closer, but it was all a mirage of illusion for locals. The Danish Nanna Koerstz Madsen drew a draw from Austin Ernst and the Finnish Matilda Castren gave the long-awaited figure 14 to Europe after beating Lizette Salas.

Jessica Korda and Noh added points 12 and 13 for the United States, with no chance of winning but with the slightest hope of starting the tie that would give them the honor of not losing numerically, although by regulation … but it could not be since Danish Emily Pederson gave Europe 15th by defeating Kang. 15-13 final for the Old Continent and 7th victory in history. The ten of the USA are still far away but Europe has two consecutive chains. The next Solheim Cup will be from September 18 to 24, 2023 at Finca Cortesín (Málaga).


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