Another great day at the Solheim Cup has come to a close, and the Europeans are still clinging to a two point lead. Europe is trying to retain the cup after their win back in 2019 at Gleneagels in Scotland.
Despite the Solheim Cup being on American soil at Inverness in Toledo, Ohio, the Americans got off to a terrible start losing three of the four matches in the morning session on Saturday.
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Europe held their three point lead after Saturday with a 5.5-2.5 advantage. The USA took the morning session on Sunday after getting off to yet another bad start, but rallied on the back 9s to take three of four match ups.
A big reason the Americans have been able to keep it close is the stellar play of the team of Lizette Salas and Jennifer Kupcho. Those two have made magic in Lucas County, Ohio so far this weekend, playing in three rounds and accounting for 2.5 points for the USA.
It was a brilliant move by USA Captain Pat Hurst putting the 32 year-old veteran Salas with the Solheim Cup rookie in Kupcho. Salas is the oldest player on the team and is second on the team in matches played, only behind Lexi Thompson.
Jennifer Kupcho is growing up before our very eyes. She was knocking down putts all day long. From everywhere too, Dayton, Akron, Cleveland, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Wherever she was, the ball went in the hole, and that’s not even mentioning her chip in at the 17th to secure at least a halve at the time.
Pat Hurst has to be very pleased with how that combo has paid dividends thus far. They’ve been superstars. She can’t say the same for the Korda sisters.
Nelly and Jessica Korda haven’t had the best Solheim Cup so far. They’ve gone a combined 1-4, one of those losses they were paired together. Their lone win came on Saturday afternoon when Nelly was paired with Ally Ewing.
I don’t think there’s too much reason to panic here. The sisters Korda are among the best golfer in the world, and going one-on-one is totally different than two-on-two. Even with their struggles this weekend, I expect that Nelly will be the anchor for the US, she is still the top ranked player in the world.
Monday should be a really fun day to watch some great golf. The crowds in Toledo have been awesome, the energy has been high, and the urgency will be in overdrive. Europe has a 9-7 lead, a 2 point cushion, which means a comeback is still very possible. Time will tell to see if the Solheim Cup stays in the United States, or goes back across the Atlantic with the Europeans.