2021 Solheim Cup day one: USA 2½-5½ Europe – as it happened


Scott Murray

Europe took a three-point lead after a dramatic and controversial first day

Here comes match three. Ireland’s in-form Leona Maguire, who shot a joint-low major round of 61 at the Evian earlier this summer, batters a huge drive down the opening hole. Nelly Korda, the world number one and Olympic gold medallist, follows suit. Maguire is paired with Mel Reid, while Nelly is naturally teamed with sister Jessica. There could be fireworks here.

Hall’s splash out of the bunker front left of 1 is not all that. An open door for USA. Ewing can’t steer in her 20-foot birdie putt, but she’s close enough for it to be conceded. Boutier can’t make the 15-footer she’s left with, and the first blow of the 2021 Solheim Cup is made by USA!

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