It’s been a whirlwind of a Solheim Cup at Des Moines already and we’ve not even got to the final day single matches yet.
If you’ve not been watching here’s a round-up of the first couple of days before you get settled in to watch the final day after your Sunday roast.
Even before it got underway Korda and Pettersen had to withdraw through injury which meant Paula Creamer stepped in for the USA and with one day to spare Vice Captain Catriona Matthew became the replacement for team Europe.
With these changes the teams were set ready for day one.
Like the Ryder Cup the first tee is full of music, cheering and chants, just like our Bunker events. Some nerves were on show from the rookies but others embraced the atmosphere and even asked for the record breaking crowd to get louder!
Day one didn’t go to plan for the European team. A steady morning foursomes outing was offset by team USA dominating the afternoon fourballs by winning all four matches. Some put it down to Euro nerves, others put it down to the team selection including a rookie in every match and other put it down to just great golf.
End of day one final score: USA 5.5 – EU 2.5
Saturday morning’s foursomes looked bleak for a start with the leaderboard becoming all red very quickly. Luckily for the Europeans the tide turned with the final two groups including the highest ranked player for the European team Anna Nordqvist and rookie Georgia Hall winning a point and the ‘mum’s’ Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher beating young guns Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang.
Day two morning final score: USA 7.5 – EU 4.5
It was a birdie-fest (not to mention the eagle from the rough) for both teams in the afternoon four balls resulting in some of the best golf in Solheim Cup history with holes being won from chips off the green to par 3’s being halved after two almost hole-in-ones.
The first American pairing started the birdie train rolling right away with Lincicome and Lang being 8 under thru 7 holes, and the didn’t let up. Meaning Reid and Ciganda to match birdies to keep the match going.
The level of golf was incredible on day two which lines up for a dramatic Sunday with the Americans only needing 3.5 points to retain the cup, but we all know the Europeans won’t go down without a fight!
End of day two final score: USA 10.5 – EU 5.5
The USA only need 14 points from the Sunday singles to keep the trophy.
(Main image courtesy of LPGA.com)