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Europe retain Solheim Cup

TOLEDO, Sept 7 — Team Europe held off a late American cost to retain the Solheim Cup on the ultimate day on the Inverness Club on Monday.

The 26-year-old Finn Matilda Castren sank a placed on the final gap to edge her match in opposition to Lizette Salas and take Europe to their goal of 14 factors with three matches nonetheless to finish.

They had began the day 9-7 forward and received an extra 4 matches with two halves making certain the all-important 14-point tally to retain the trophy received at Gleneagles two years in the past.

“It was a tremendous crew effort after we obtained off to a fantastic begin this morning,” mentioned profitable captain Catriona Matthew.

Rookie Leona Maguire beat Jennifer Kupcho 5 & 4 to choose up the primary level of the day and lengthen Europe’s lead as she turned solely the third participant in Solheim Cup historical past to earn 4 or extra factors in a single competitors.

It was rapidly adopted by Madelene Sagstrom bagging one other level with a 3 & two win over Ally Ewing after which Celine Boutier accomplished a convincing 5 & 4 victory over Mina Harigae in a blemish free efficiency.

The much-anticipated contest between Anna Nordqvist and Lexi Thompson, who have been the primary singles pairing to tee off on the ultimate day, was halved after 18 holes to take Europe even nearer, however then started a gripping US fightback.

The first full level of the day for the Americans got here from World No. 1 Nelly Korda, who beat Georgia Hall on the final gap on the finish of a detailed contest that lastly gave the partisan crowd cause to cheer.

Home momentum faltered as Austin Ernst missed a brief birdie placed on the final and halved with Nanna Koerstz Madsen however then Megan Khang and Brittany Altomare revived American hopes to scale back Europe’s result in 13-11.

Khang, who was six up at one stage, accomplished a 3 & two win over Sophia Popov whereas Altomare ended Carlota Ciganda’s unbeaten singles document within the Solheim Cup with a two & one victory.

However, Castren then steered in a proper to left par putt on the 18th to edge Salas and guarantee Europe retained the trophy with three matches nonetheless to finish. — eNM

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