By Ali Stafford
Can Team Europe make it? back-until-back win at the Solheim Cup? Watch extended coverage of this year’s competition live on Air sports.
AIG Women’s Open champion Anna Nordqvist partners with Solheim Cup rookie Matilda Castren in the opening match of the saturday foursome in Ohio.
nordqvist, who qualified for her seventh consecutive Solheim Cup appearance by claiming a third major title last month, is one of three survivor players of Europe’s only victory on American soil in 2013.
castren was one of Catriona Matthew’s captain’s picks after breakthrough victories on the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour this season, with the all-Scandinavian clutch goes out at 7:35 a.m. local time (12:35 a.m. BST) against Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst.
Matthew, in the hope of leading Europe to back-until-back Solheim Cup wins, stuck with a winning formula from their dramatic 14.5-13.5 win in Gleneagles by pairing Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier once again.
Hall and Boutier won all three matches together in 2019 and both ended the week with 100 percent defeated, also win their singles matches, with the couple hopes to expand that run against Ally Ewing and Megan Khang.
Team USA captain Pat Hurst is gone with experience and left all three of her debutants off the team sheet in the opening session, with four-time Solheim Cup player Lizette Salas joining Jennifer Kupcho, Yealimi Noh and Mina Harigae in to sit out the foursomes.
World No. 1 Nelly Korda and sister Jessica, the only two unbeaten players in USA’s 2019 defeat, will face Mel Reid, a vicecaptain in Scotland, and Leona Maguire, who will be the first Irish player until in the eternity compete in a Solheim Cup.
Live Solheim Cup Golf
September 4, 2021, 5:30 PM
Charley Hull teams up with Emily Kristine Pedersen for Europe in their final quartet match, where they will play Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare, while nobody of Carlota Ciganda, Sophia Popov, Nanna Koerstz Madsen and Madelene Sagstrom feature for the visitors on Saturday morning.
Schedule (all times BST)
1235 Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren vs Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst
1247 Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier vs Ally Ewing and Megan Khan
Live Solheim Cup Golf
September 4, 2021, 12:00 pm
1259 Mel Reid and Leona Maguire vs Nelly Korda and Jessica Korda
1311 Charley Hull and Emily Kristine Pedersen vs Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare
Watch the Solheim Cup live on Air sports. Live coverage begins on Saturday from 12 noon on Sky Sports Golf and – for free – on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel.
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