Solheim Cup 2021: Europe take commanding lead over United States after foursomes

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Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall fought their way back, two down from two, to pick up half a point for Europe

Date: 4th-6th September Venue: Inverness Golf Club, Toledo, Ohio
Cover: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. BST, Mondays from 4:00 p.m., plus a one-hour highlight show on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and online.

Mel Reid and rookie Leona Maguire inflicted their first Solheim Cup defeat on the Korda sisters when Europe dominated the first four in Ohio.

Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren got the first point and won with one hole against Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst.

Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall won the final two holes to cut their match against Ally Ewing and Meghan Khang in half.

Charley Hull and Emily Pedersen fought back to defeat Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare as Europe started 3½-½ ahead.

Europe led in 10 of the 17 inter-team encounters after the opening four, but for most of Saturday’s opening session the teams looked evenly matched until a late European attack.

The hosts were apparently back on par with Ewing and Khang by two, with two facing Hall and Boutier, who were unbeaten at Gleneagles in 2019.

Hall punched from 15 feet for birdie to win the 17th hole, however, and a par was good enough on the last because Ewing pushed a three-foot putt to win the match behind the hole.

Reid and Maguire’s win felt like a heavy blow to the US ‘golden pairing’, world number one Nelly Korda and her sister Jessica, who had asked their captain Pat Hurst to bring them together after their two foursome matches won in Gleneagles in 2019 by a wide margin.

The European pair took advantage of an early two-hole advantage but, cheered on by a noisy home crowd, Jessica fielded in 13th to fill the gap before Maguire closed the win on 18th.

And as the momentum swept towards the guests, Hull and Pedersen made an excellent recovery from two to four to play birdies on the 15th and 16th before the Dane hit a match-winning threesome on the 18th.