Solheim Cup 2019 results: Europa and the USA locked together at 8-8 ahead of Sunday singles at Gleneagles

Marina Alex and Morgan Pressel of the USA beat Anne Van Dam (left) and Anna Nordqvist at the Solheim Cup
Marina Alex and Morgan Pressel of the USA beat Anne Van Dam (left) and Anna Nordqvist at the Solheim Cup

Europe and the United States were locked together at 8-8 ahead of the final day of the Solheim Cup after a brilliant fightback from Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier in miserable conditions at Gleneagles.

Hall and Boutier were four over par after seven holes and unsurprisingly four down against Ally McDonald and Angel Yin, but fought back to claim their third win together and the home side's only victory of the afternoon fourballs.

The European pair were still three down with five to play, but Boutier drove the green on the short 14th and holed from 30 feet for an eagle before also making a birdie on the par-five 16th.

Hall's par on the 17th was enough to move ahead for the first time in the match and a conceded birdie on the last completed the brilliant comeback.

"I'm over the moon," former Women's British Open champion Hall said. "We didn't have the best of starts and the weather was horrendous but we grinded it out and managed to get the job done."

Rookie Boutier added: "I had the best partner out there and I couldn't have done it without here, that's for sure."

Suzann Pettersen and Anne van Dam had earlier lost a hard-fought contest with Brittany Altomare and Annie Park on the last, while Caroline Masson missed from six feet on the 18th to win her match with Jodi Ewart Shadoff against Lexi Thompson and Marina Alex.

Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang beat the Spanish pair of Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz 2&1 as darkness descended to level the scores at 8-8 ahead of Sunday's 12 singles matches.

As the holders, the United States need to win six points to retain the trophy and secure an unprecedented hat-trick of victories under captain Juli Inkster.

Europe had earlier held on to their overnight one-point lead after the morning foursomes, despite an extraordinary collapse from Anna Nordqvist and Van Dam.

Nordqvist and Van Dam, the only new foursomes pairing selected by captain Catriona Matthew, were four up after six holes against Morgan Pressel and Marina Alex, only to lose seven of the next nine on their way to a stunning 2&1 defeat.

Carlota Ciganda and Bronte Law also suffered a record-equalling 6&5 loss to sisters Jessica and Nelly Korda, but victories for Charley Hull and Azahara Munoz and Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier left the home side narrowly ahead heading into the afternoon fourballs.

Inkster had said none of her team would play all five matches and kept to her word, even though that meant leaving the rampant Korda sisters on the sidelines.

Three birdies in the first six holes had given Nordqvist and Van Dam a commanding lead and they looked like going further in front when rookie Van Dam hit an excellent approach to the seventh.

However, Nordqvist left her birdie attempt woefully short and after having to wait for the ball to stop oscillating in the gusty wind, Van Dam missed the par putt.

That proved to be the turning point and, buoyed by Van Dam finding the water on the ninth, the American pair made four birdies in a row to move in front against their shellshocked opponents, who also bogeyed the 13th and 15th.

A birdie from the European pair on the par-five 16th kept the contest alive, but Pressel and Alex secured a remarkable win on the next.


Solheim Cup Sunday singles draw & tee times

(Europe names first, all times BST)

  • 1140 Carlota Ciganda v Danielle Kang
  • 1152 Caroline Hedwall v Nelly Korda
  • 1204 Georgia Hall v Lexi Thompson
  • 1216 Celine Boutier v Annie Park
  • 1228 Azahara Munoz v Angel Yin
  • 1240 Charley Hull v Megan Khang
  • 1252 Anne van Dam v Lizette Salas
  • 1304 Caroline Masson v Jessica Korda
  • 1316 Jodi Ewart Shadoff v Brittany Altomare
  • 1328 Suzann Pettersen v Marina Alex
  • 1340 Bronte Law v Ally McDonald
  • 1352 Anna Nordqvist v Morgan Pressel

Solheim Cup Match-by-match results

Foursomes (Europe names first)

Carlota Ciganda and Bronte Law lost 6&5 to Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda

The Korda sisters got off to a flying start with birdies at the first two holes and although they were briefly pegged back, four bogeys in six holes from their opponents gifted them a commanding lead and a birdie on the 13th sealed a record-equalling 6&5 victory to follow a 6&4 win on the opening day.
Match score: Europe 4.5 United States 4.5

Charley Hull and Azahara Munoz beat Danielle Kang and Megan Khang 4&3

Hull and Munoz won the first three holes and moved four up on the eighth after Kang failed to escape a fairway bunker at the first attempt. Pars on the 10th and 11th were enough to take the European pair to the brink of a record win, but Khang chipped in for a birdie on the 12th to stop the rot. The American pair won the next as well but Hull sealed victory on the 15th.
Europe 5.5 United States 4.5

Anna Nordqvist and Anne Van Dam lost 2&1 to Morgan Pressel and Marina Alex

Nordqvist and Van Dam raced into a four-hole lead courtesy of three early birdies and looked like moving further ahead on the seventh, only to three-putt from 15 feet to precipitate an extraordinary run of seven losses in nine holes. The European pair won the 16th to keep the match alive but could not find another birdie on the 17th and suffered a remarkable defeat.
Europe 5.5 United States 5.5

Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier beat Lizette Salas and Ally McDonald 3&2

A run of 10 straight pars had the European duo just one hole in front, but birdies on the 11th and 12th took them three up before a first bogey of the day on the next gave the American pair hope. Both pairs birdied the short 14th before Salas and McDonald crucially bogeyed the next.
Europe 6.5 United States 5.5


Fourballs

Suzann Pettersen and Anne Van Dam lost by 1 hole to Brittany Altomare and Annie Park

Reunited after their win on Friday, after which Pettersen described Van Dam as a "rock star", the European pair were two down after six and Pettersen's five birdies in the next six holes were only good enough to get back to all square. The vital moment came on the par-five 16th when Pettersen and Van Dam both bogeyed and they were unable to birdie the last to snatch a half.
Europe 6.5 United States 6.5

Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Caroline Masson halved with Lexi Thompson and Marina Alex

Switched to fourballs after their foursomes thrashing by the Korda sisters on Friday, Ewart Shadoff and Masson played far better in the tough conditions and there was never more than one hole in a tight contest. Alex crucially birdied the 16th to get back to all square and Masson missed from six feet for a winning birdie on the last.
Europe 7 United States 7

Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier beat Ally McDonald and Angel Yin 2up

Hall and Boutier were four over par after seven holes and unsurprisingly four down, but rallied superbly with Boutier making an eagle on the short 14th and a birdie on the par-five 16th. Hall's par on the 17th was enough to move ahead for the first time in the match and a conceded birdie on the last completed the brilliant comeback.
Europe 8 United States 7

Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz lost 2&1 to Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang

The only players to contest all five sessions were paired together and were two up after three, only to lose four of the next five holes. Munoz's birdie on the 12th reduced the deficit but the European pair were unable to get back on level terms and Kang birdied the 17th to seal the win.
Europe 8 United States 8

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