Altomare’s early morning victory with Lexi Thompson reduced Europe’s lead; closing singles are Monday
TOLEDO, Ohio – Leona Maguire and Mel Reid helped Europe take a 9-7 lead Sunday over the United States in Monday’s closing matches of the Solheim Cup.
Maguire and Reid combined to knock down top Nelly Korda and Ally Ewing in a shootout match on Sunday morning in Inverness, then rushed to tie Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas on four balls in the afternoon.
In the morning’s alternate shootings, the United States moved closer to 6Â½-5Â½, highlighted by Brittany Altomare of Shrewsbury and Lexi Thompson teaming up to defeat Charley Hull and Emily Pedersen. Thompson’s 30-foot putt on the 17th par 4 closed the 2-1 win.
Altomare did not play in the afternoon session.
Reid and Maguire crushed the struggling Korda and Ewing, 5 and 4 – the biggest blowout in all of the first 16 games – then halved with Kupcho and Salas when Reid knocked him down to 3 feet on the 18 par 4 to equalize.
Europe is trying to win on American soil for just the second time in the event’s 31-year history. This is the ninth time that Europe has led singles matches. The Europeans have won just four of the previous eight wins after two days, the last in 2013 when they claimed their only road victory at Colorado Golf Club.