2019 Solheim Cup – Day Two – Gleneagles Golf Club
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 14 th and holed from 30 feet for an eagle before also making a birdie on the par-five 16 th.
Hall’s par on the 17 th 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 18 th to win her match with Jodi Ewart Shadoff against Lexi Thompson and Marina Alex.
An impressive display from@ LizetteSalas5and@daniellekangto wrap the day up 🔥@SolheimCupUSAfinish the final game off on the 17 th and we go in to Sunday singles ALL SQUARE AT 8-8 😱# SolheimCup# ItAllLeadsToThisMomentpic. twitter.com/dsm8PglDRo
— The (Solheim Cup) @ (solheimcup) (September) , 2019
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 overn ight 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.