Solheim Cup 2019: Europe and the United States are tied 8-8 going into the final day - (2021)
|2019 Solheim Cup: Europe v United States|
|Venue: Gleneagles, Scotland Dates: 13-15 September|
|Coverage: Full live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app followed by an hour-long highlights show on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and online|
Europe and the United States go into the final day of the Solheim Cup tied 8-8 after strong winds made for tricky playing conditions at Gleneagles.
In an enthralling afternoon, three fourball matches went to the final hole, with Europe's only victory coming from Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier.
Germany's Caroline Masson missed a six-foot putt to win her match.
All the fourball matches were put on the clock after they took three hours to play nine holes.
The slow play was largely down to the weather conditions with the wind gusting up to 35mph and causing balls to fall off tee pegs and oscillate on greens.
However, both Europe's Carlota Ciganda and American Lizette Salas, playing in the final match, also received formal warnings on the 13th hole.
Salas' playing partner Danielle Kang finally won their match, after five hours and 35 minutes, with a birdie putt on the par-three 17th.
“It was a tough day, a battle for everyone,” said European captain Catriona Matthew.
“But the first two days has shown how close both teams are. Sunday will come down to the odd shot that will get momentum going one way or the other.”
There are 12 more points available in Sunday's singles.
As defending champions, the US need to reach 14 points to retain the title, while Europe require 14½ to regain it.
Morning session shared
Europe had retained their one-point advantage by drawing Saturday morning's foursomes 2-2.
Charley Hull and Azahara Munoz continued their profitable partnership, beating Danielle Kang and Megan Khang 4&3 to make it 2½ points out of three, while Hall and Boutier added another point with a 3&2 victory.
However, Bronte Law and Carlota Ciganda were well beaten 6&5 by Jessica and Nelly Korda.
The Korda sisters, who won their foursomes match 6&4 on Friday, were only level par for the 13 holes they played but Law and Ciganda struggled in the wind with six bogeys.
And Anne van Dam and Anna Nordqvist, who were four up after six holes, lost 2&1 to Morgan Pressel and Marina Alex.
Europe fight hard in afternoon
US captain Juli Inkster said on Thursday that none of her players would take part in all five possible matches over the three days. And true to her word, the Kordas were rested for the fourballs, despite also picking up half points with different partners on Friday.
Inkster's stance looked to be being vindicated when her side led all four matches midway through the afternoon.
However, only Altomare and Park – with a last-hole win over Pettersen and Van Dam – and Salas and Kang held on for victories.
Hall and Boutier registered their third point of this year's event, winning the final five holes of their match with Ally McDonald and Angel Yin.
The Americans who were 7&5 winners on Friday raced four clear after seven holes and were still three holes ahead after 13.
However, Boutier won the par-four 14th with an eagle after driving to the green and Hall took the next with a par.
A Boutier birdie levelled the match on the 16th before Hall moved the Europeans ahead for the first time in the match with a par on the short 17th and her French partner completed the win with another birdie on the last.
England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Germany's Masson had a real see-saw match with Lexi Thompson and Marina Alex, with never more than one hole in it.
The Europeans briefly led but were one down after nine. Masson birdies on the 10th and 13th holes put them ahead.
But Alex rolled in a birdie putt to win the 16th and after the 17th hole was halved, play went down the par-five last.
Masson chipped her third to six feet and after the Americans had missed lengthier birdie opportunities, she had a chance to win the hole and match but pushed her putt fractionally left.
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