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2021 Solheim Cup day two: USA v Europe fourballs – live!

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There we go, then. Mel Reid, huh? Another day, another wonderfully dramatic couple of sessions, studded from start to finish with some quite brilliant golf. Europe take a two-point lead going into the final day’s singles, but as anyone who followed the final day at Gleneagles two years ago, a plethora of outcomes are possible. Anything could happen, and it certainly will. Hope you’ll join us for that tomorrow afternoon. See you then, and thanks for reading this blog. Nighty night!

Noh/Harigae beat Boutier/Popov 3&1

J Korda/Khang lost to Ciganda/Koerstz Madsen 1UP

Kupcho/Salas tied with Reid/Maguire

Kang/Ernst lost to Hull/Pedersen 4&2

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USA 7-9 Europe

… in goes the putt, and just as Kupcho sickened Europe on 17, Reid returns the favour by pulling something out of the bag at the last! A to-and-fro match ends all square, and it’s the difference between a two-point lead for Europe and just the one. That will hurt the US team.

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (F)

USA 7-9 Europe

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Kupcho dribbles her putt down the green as slowly as she can. But it’s such a speedy one, it rolls four feet past the hole. Maguire has a chance to seal the deal early doors, but her downhill birdie effort from a similar position to Kupcho sails wide right. And then finally Reid, who steps up, stands over her two footer, and …

Salas up first. She’s got a 30-footer across the green. She lags it up at perfect pace, but it’s always stopping high on the right. Par, and it’s all down to Kupcho, whose approach went over the flag and faces a downhill left-to-right swinger.

Salas and Kupcho both find 18 in two. Both will have looks at birdie from 30 feet; at least one of them will make a two-putt par at the very least, you’d think. So Europe need to find the birdie that’d grab half a point. And they’ve got one heck of a chance of getting it, because from 135 yards, Reid sends a high iron straight at the flag, taking on the bunker. As she twirls her club, clearly happy, she narrows her eyes to peer up the hole. The ball lands just past the bunker, the rough taking all excess pace and spin off the ball, which trundles on a serene left-to-right curve to a couple of feet! Sensational!

What a competitor Jennifer Kupcho is! Yet again she pulls something extraordinary out of the bag! With Reid putting from the fringe at the back, she throws down the gauntlet by steering in a chip from the greenside rough. Reid, spooked, having looked favourite to win the hole, sends a timid putt wide right, and what a classic matchplay steal by the amazing Kupcho! The US go down the last assured of at least a half.

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (17)

USA 6½-8½ Europe

USA 6½-8½ Europe

Neither Khang nor Korda look like making their long birdie putts, and Madsen is afforded two putts to win the match. She cosies the first putt up to the edge, and that’s another point for Europe! Ciganda did most of the work since the turn, but it was Madsen who sealed the deal when the Spaniard found herself out of position. J Korda/Khang lost to Ciganda/Madsen 1UP.

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (F)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (16)

USA 6½-8½ Europe

USA 6½-7½ Europe

Pedersen sends her drive through the short par-four 16th, then chips back to a couple of feet. It’s conceded, the hole is halved, and Europe have finally put something on the board after a long wait! Kang/Ernst lost to Hull/Pedersen 3&2.

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (17)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (16)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 3&2 (F)

USA 6½-7½ Europe

Korda finds the green with her second, but she’s plenty right of the flag. Madsen responds by knocking her approach pin high to 20 feet. Khang also finds the dancefloor in two, but like Korda, she’s roughly twice as far away as the Dane. Meanwhile on 17, Reid is the only player to find the green in regulation … and she swipes a pearler to 15 feet! Advantage Europe on both greens, but plenty of drama to unfold yet, I’ll be bound.

The USA are in the box seat coming down 18, with both Korda and Khang in the fairway, but only Madsen on the short stuff for Europe. Ciganda, in a fairway bunker to the right of the hole, is forced to take her medicine and chip out.

A chance for Danielle Kang to snatch a hole back off Europe in the anchor match … but her relatively straight 25-footer misses on the left, and it’s dormie three.

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (17)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (16)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 3UP (15)

USA 6½-6½ Europe

Leona Maguire is a sensational golfer! She rolls a very missable birdie putt straight into the cup, and punches the air in celebration. That’s kept her team level, with a couple of holes to play. Ice cool. Meanwhile up on 17, Carlota Ciganda scrambles par to keep Europe one ahead in her match with one hole to play. Dormie, and she’s been outstanding since the turn.

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (17)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (16)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 3UP (14)

USA 6½-6½ Europe

Kupcho is this close to chipping in from the fringe at the short par-four 16th for eagle. That’s a tap-in birdie, and the pressure is suddenly on Maguire, who has raced her own chip 12 feet past. Reid tries to relieve the burden by draining her long birdie chance, but it doesn’t drop. Big putt from Maguire coming up.

Europe respond through Leona Maguire, who wins 15 in par! That’s tied the third match, and what Europe would give to cash in their chips now.

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (16)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (15)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 3UP (13)

USA 6½-6½ Europe

USA 6½-6½ Europe

Neither Boutier nor Popov give their long birdie rakes enough juice, and it’s hole and match to the rookie pairing of Noh and Harigae! That’s a fine victory, not least because Boutier and Popov came roaring back at them, eating up their three-hole lead. The US pair kept their supercool, and simply pulled away from their European opponents once again. And the hosts are level for the first time since the scores were 0-0 yesterday morning! Noh/Harigae beat Boutier/Popov 3&1.

3&1 Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (F)

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (16)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (14)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 3UP (13)

USA 6½-6½ Europe

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Ciganda and Korda both chip close at the short par-four 16th. They pop in their putts to halve the hole with birdie. That was a particularly great up and down by the Spaniard, who was in thick rough to the left of the green, a bunker in the road.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (16)

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (16)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (14)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 3UP (13)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Noh and Harigae are surely going to close out the opening match. All four players are on 17 in regulation, but the American pair are far closer to the pin. Both will have a look at birdie from 15 feet. Given they only need a half, this looks a done deal … though of course at the Solheim, you never know, and it’d only take either one of Boutier or Popov to rake in their 30-foot chance to rattle some nerves.

A chance for Pedersen to put Europe four up in the anchor match. But her 20-foot putt is always staying high on the right.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (16)

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (15)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (14)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 3UP (13)

USA 5½-6½ Europe



Emily Kristine Pedersen of Team Europe lines up a putt.

Emily Kristine Pedersen of Team Europe lines up a putt. Photograph: Raj Mehta/USA Today Sports

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Boutier pulls a 15-foot birdie putt wide at 16. Noh rolls in a ten-footer for her birdie. Popov needs to match her from six feet, but prods a poor effort to the right. The USA are dormie two, and it looks like Boutier and Popov’s brave comeback is going to be all in vain. The best they can do is snatch half a point. Better news for Europe on 15, though, where Ciganda rolls in her 30-foot right-to-left slider at absolutely dead weight. If one joule of energy was spared, that would have been teetering on the lip. Overhanging? Let’s not go there.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (16)

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (15)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (14)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 3UP (12)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Khang and Korda find 15 in regulation, but they’re both back right when the pin’s front left. Madsen can’t reach the green with her approach, while Ciganda takes on the bunker guarding the left, and straight over the flag, but a good 30 feet past. Really not sure who’s in better nick there.

The opening pair tie 15 in par. Meanwhile back on 14, Ciganda comes awfully close to draining a 30-footer for birdie and the hole, but her effort shaves the right-hand lip. And on 13, Maguire and Salas trade 15-footers for birdie. That’s some putt by Salas, who keeps the Europeans at bay. For now. This session is right on the knife-edge.

1UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (15)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (14)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (13)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 3UP (12)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Pedersen rolls in her birdie putt! In fact, it was more like a 25-footer, and she gives the air a quiet punch. Kang, in the fringe at the back, can still match her by chipping in, and that’s very much a possibility from 15 feet or so. But she clips nervously, the ball always breaking right, never getting far enough. Europe have suddenly gained the upper hand in the final match.

1UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (14)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (13)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (12)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 3UP (12)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Pedersen’s tee shot at 12 lands pin high. She’ll have a look at birdie from 15 feet. Kang responds by arrowing her iron straight at the pin. If it hits, it’s either shattering the stick or dropping in. It sails by and into the rough at the back, where Ernst and Hull also roam. You’d take Europe’s position here.

Kupcho looks like she might win three holes in a row for her team, sending her tee shot at 12 over the flag to 12 feet. But Reid lands her tee shot 15 feet below the flag, then arrows in the putt. Kupcho shoves her effort wide left, and America’s lead is halved. Meanwhile Hull doubles Europe’s lead in the last match, wedging her second to kick-in distance, forcing Ernst to attempt a chip-in from the fringe that she can’t make. This isn’t ebbing and flowing any more; it’s pulsating.

1UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (14)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (13)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (12)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 2UP (11)

USA 5½-6½ Europe



Jennifer Kupcho of Team USA plays her shot from the 12th tee.

Jennifer Kupcho of Team USA plays her shot from the 12th tee. Photograph: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

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Harigae makes her birdie putt at 14 and reclaims the lead for the hosts in the first match … though only just. From a couple of feet, she nearly yips it, the ball performing the best part of a full 360 before finally dropping. She blows out her cheeks in very real relief, but that sensational approach has been correctly rewarded. Meanwhile on 13, Ciganda sets up a decent eagle chance, her ball in the fringe at the back, 15 feet from the hole. With neither US player close, it looks like she’ll have two putts for the win. But Khang then races in a long birdie putt, Ciganda pulls her eagle effort, and everyone walks off as they were. Ciganda is a study in frustration, livid at the chance spirited away from her.

1UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (14)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (13)

2UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (11)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 1UP (10)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Ernst and Hull trade birdie putts on 10. The former’s putt gets the crowd going; the latter’s response dampens them back down. Plenty of noise on 14, though, where Harigae nearly holes out from the fairway. She’ll have a great look at birdie, and that’s a fine reaction to shipping a three-hole lead.

Noh/Harigae A/S Boutier/Popov (13)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (12)

2UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (11)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 1UP (10)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Kupcho does it again! She sends her second at 11 to four feet, and makes no mistake whatsoever with the birdie putt. Before she secured the hole for the States, Maguire had a tricky uphill 20-footer to navigate, but her effort to drain one and put pressure on Kupcho was by some distance the worst putt of the day. Woefully underhit, and breaking off to the right, the ball barely made it halfway to the hole. That’s a really strange putt, which Europe will desperately hope is just an outlier, and nothing to do with low energy levels. You’d have to forgive her if so; she’s played every session so far.

Noh/Harigae A/S Boutier/Popov (13)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (12)

2UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (11)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 1UP (9)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Boutier birdies 13. That requires Harigae to make a 40-footer to tie the hole … and she so nearly makes the putt! But that’s the hole to Europe, who have hauled themselves back into contention in the opening match. Three down not so long ago, they’re now all square.

Noh/Harigae A/S Boutier/Popov (13)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (12)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (10)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 1UP (9)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

The dance continues. Now it’s Europe’s turn to alter the palette of the scoreboard. Madsen knocks her tee shot at 12 to six feet and walks in the birdie putt. The second match is all square again.

1UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (12)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (12)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (10)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 1UP (9)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Official confirmation that these matches have been advancing at glacial pace, as per previous moaning, even if the drama has been worth the wait: the second and third pairings have been put on the clock, while the final game has been given an advisory rocket, but no sanction yet.

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Ciganda has a chance to draw level with Korda and Khang at 11, but hits a shaky effort from 15 feet that is always turning right. The US team are still one up. Meanwhile back on 10, a wonder putt by Kupcho! She lasers in a 30-foot birdie effort to turn up the heat on Reid, who suddenly needs to make one from 15 feet to tie the hole. She can’t sink it, and Kupcho’s landed a big blow there. The winner of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019 walks off like the Master she is, rousing the crowd with a few claps as she bounces away to the next tee. This session is ebbing and flowing like daddy-o.

1UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (12)

1UP J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen (11)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (10)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 1UP (9)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Reid, in between taking insouciant sips on what looks like a chocolate milkshake but in truth is probably some sort of less pleasant but more beneficial athletic concoction, sends her second into the heart of 10. Kupcho follows her there, with Salas and Maguire both in greenside bother. Everything’s suddenly in the balance again, and the crowds have fallen quiet as a result. Maybe it is a chocolate milkshake, though.

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Noh very nearly caresses her chip into the cup. So close to a stunning birdie that would have sucker-punched Popov. Harigae doesn’t threaten the hole at all with her putt, and Europe are right back in the opening match. This scoreboard looks very different all of a sudden. It’s been a good few minutes for Europe.

1UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (12)

1UP J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen (10)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (9)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 1UP (8)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

All of a sudden, it’s all happening! Ciganda rolls in a 15-footer for birdie on 10. She had to make that, because Khang was so close. The hole’s tied in birdie when Khang tidies up. Pedersen eagles 8 to put a splash of blue back on the board. And on 12, Noh’s tee shot only finds the rough near bunkers on the left, though Harigae sends her tee shot into the heart of the green, and will have a realistic chance at denying Popov from 15 feet. This fourballs session started fairly slowly, but it’s really hotting up now with some outstanding golf.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (11)

1UP J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen (10)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (9)

Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen 1UP (8)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

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Maguire is so close to holing out from 150 yards at 9! Her ball, not for the first time this afternoon, pitches right by the hole. Unlike earlier, it screeches to an immediate halt, and she’ll have a kick-in birdie. See also: Popov at 12, who sees her partner Boutier take too much club and bound through the green. She switches down, and swishes a glorious iron straight at the flag. It rolls to 18 inches, and the pressure is now on Noh and Harigae to respond.

Popov and Boutier take turns to go very close with birdie putts from the fringe at 11. But neither drops, leaving Harigae with a chance to nip their attempted comeback in the bud. Fortunately for Europe, her putt is always breaking left; had they gone three down, they’d be sailing very quickly towards serious bother. But back on 10, Khang continues her sudden hot streak by wedging to four feet at 10. If Ciganda and Madsen suddenly find themselves two down, after the events of the last green, they can be permitted to start kicking themselves.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (11)

1UP J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen (9)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (8)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (7)

USA 5½-6½ Europe



Europe’s Sophia Popov reacts after missing a putt on the 11th.

Europe’s Sophia Popov reacts after missing a putt on the 11th. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/AP

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As dramatic chip-ins on this hole go, that’s not quite up there with Bob Tway’s bunker shot to snatch the 1986 PGA from under Greg Norman’s nose. (They’ve switched 9 and 18 this week to ensure this famous hole sees plenty of action.) But it’s dramatic enough, and Khang celebrated it with similar gusto!

Oh Greg (pt. XXXVIII in a long series).

Megan Khang chips in sensationally from the back of 9! She bumps out of greenside cabbage, her ball hitting the flagstick, spinning backwards onto terra firma, gripping on the turf and screwing back into the hole! She scampers across the green to celebrate, hugging her partner Korda as the gallery goes wild! Ciganda and Madsen both have chances from ten feet to tie the hole with par, but neither make convincing strokes, and Europe’s very brief comeback is halted in its tracks.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (10)

1UP J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen (9)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (8)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (7)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Europe desperately need something to happen. And there are happenings in two matches. Popov curls in a perfectly judged downhill left-to-right curler on 10 to eat into Noh and Harigae’s lead, while Pedersen’s par on 7 ties things up in the last match out.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (10)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (8)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (7)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (7)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Reid quickly puts her newly massaged shoulder to the test, powering her approach at 8 into the heart of the green from thick, lush rough. There’s no apparent grimace as she takes her shot, which is hopefully a very good sign.

Mel Reid is currently getting some attention from the physio. Looks like a problem with her right shoulder. As if Europe don’t have enough to worry about presently.

Mina Harigae rattles another long birdie putt into the cup, this time at 9, and the rookie is more than justifying her captain Pat Hurst’s pick. Celine Boutier can’t respond by chipping in from close range from the back, and Europe are in a spot of bother in this opening match as they hit the turn. Meanwhile the one splash of blue on the leaderboard is wiped out by Jessica Korda, who splashes from greenside sand at 8 to a couple of inches, enough to snatch the hole from Europe. This is looking very promising for the USA, and, given the way the two teams have fared on the back nine so far this week, extremely worrying for Europe.

3UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (9)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (8)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (7)

1UP Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen (6)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Kupcho lags her 35-foot birdie effort to kick-in distance. That allows Salas to have a run at birdie from similar distance, but she doesn’t make one for once. Reid races her 25-footer three foot past, then horseshoes the one coming back. That’s not the first time she’s missed a tiddler today. Maguire’s now-compromised birdie effort dies apologetically to the left, and the US will be the happier of the two teams with the half.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (8)

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (7)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (7)

1UP Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen (6)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Salas, Kupcho, Maguire and Reid all find the 7th in regulation. All will have an uphill look at birdie, but only Maguire is within 20 feet. Salas, as plenty of evidence already proves, is however dangerous from anywhere.

Europe need a little something, and Nanna Koerstz Madsen delivers. She races in a straight uphill 30-footer on 7 to put a splash of blue on that scoreboard. And for a second it looks as though Boutier’s long birdie effort will slash America’s lead in the first match, but Harigae responds with one of her own, punching the air as she maintains her team’s two-hole advantage.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (8)

J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen 1UP (7)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (6)

1UP Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen (5)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Apropos of very little, the Sky Sports commentary team Richard Kaufman and Dame Laura Davies take some time out to riff on Arsenal’s pain. Is there anybody left out there in medialand who hasn’t enjoyed some light-hearted patter at the expense of the Premier League basement boys? Poor Mikel. Meanwhile Lizette Salas rakes in another mid-range birdie putt to put some more red on the scoreboard. Things are looking rather good for the hosts at the minute, especially when you factor in the USA’s significantly better performances on the back nine this week.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (7)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (6)

1UP Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire (6)

1UP Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen (5)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Hull’s in the sand, and so with Ernst so close, has a shy at holing out. The ball sails 15 feet past, but she knocks in the one coming back, allowing Pedersen to get a read before her similarly long birdie attempt. Can she sicken Ernst? Nope. It’s always drifting off to the right, and Ernst tidies up for the birdie and the win! She and Kang celebrate with a sweeping low five, down below.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (7)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (6)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (5)

1UP Kang/Ernst v Hull/Pedersen (5)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

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Ernst shakes off that missed opportunity on 4 by sticking her tee shot at 5 to three feet. Nothing’s certain from there, as Kupcho just demonstrated, but the hosts could – should – be hitting the front in the final match very soon. Can Hull or Pedersen conjure up yet another European escape?

Harigae whips a lovely approach into 7, leaving herself a fairly straight 12-foot birdie putt. Before she can take it, Boutier finally makes a putt, rolling a forensic 15-footer into the centre of the hole for par. That puts a little bit of pressure on Harigae, who sends her birdie effort wide right. Another escape for Europe. Will the USA rue these missed opportunities while the momentum is still with the home side?

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (7)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (6)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (5)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (4)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

The pace of play is fairly glacial this afternoon. Pressure of the Solheim, I guess, with all matches tight. Khang misses an eight-footer for the win at 6; ditto Ernst at 4.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (6)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (6)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (5)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (4)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Maguire is the width of a dimple away from curling one in from the fringe at the back of 5. She’s bothered this hole all right, but has been scantly rewarded. However, Europe are gifted a let-off, Kupcho yipping her birdie putt from a couple of feet. That’ll give Maguire and Reid a boost, just when it looked like they’d lose a second hole in a row.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (6)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (5)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (5)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (3)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Kupcho hits one of the shots of the day at the short par-three 5th, landing her ball four feet from the pin. Huge chance for birdie … although Maguire responds by nearly slamming her tee shot straight into the cup! The ball pitches a couple of inches away, before bounding through to the fringe at the back. There’s only been one hole-in-one at the Solheim before – Anna Nordqvist at Colorado in 2013 – but we’ve come close on three or four occasions already this week, there having been a few near misses at the 12th yesterday.



Europe’s Leona Maguire watches her tee shot on the fifth hole.

Europe’s Leona Maguire watches her tee shot on the fifth hole. Photograph: David Dermer/AP

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Some very average action around the 5th green. Madsen leaves her first putt way left of the hole and misses the resulting four-footer. Khang makes a hideous misread, her putt breaking 15 feet to the right. Korda flubs a chip, but nails the six-footer she leaves herself, which is just as well because Ciganda had made a careful two-putt par from 20 feet. Plenty of nerves on show there, but back on 4, Salas ties up her match by rolling in a gently oscillating 15-footer. This couldn’t be much tighter.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (6)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (5)

Kupcho/Salas A/S Reid/Maguire (4)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (3)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Classic matchplay to-and-fro antics on 3! Lizette Salas rakes a 30-footer straight in for par, but the irrepressible Leona Maguire responds with a blow from 25 feet. She pumps the air as Europe retain their one-hole lead.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (5)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (4)

Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire 1UP (3)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (2)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Megan Khang and Jessica Korda take turns to miss eight-footers on 4, and that’s a disappointing way to give the hole to Carlota Ciganda and Nanna Koerstz Madsen. The second match is all square again.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (4)

J Korda/Khang A/S Ciganda/Madsen (4)

Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire 1UP (2)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (1)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

It’s been a fairly subdued start to the afternoon fourballs, tell the truth. Plenty of time left to crank up the drama and bother the old ticker. The marquee match sees Kupcho, Salas, Reid and Maguire all find the elongated par-three 3rd from the tee … but none of them are particularly close to the flag. Putting competition coming up.

Four birdie putts on 2. Maguire is the furthest out, and for a second she starts walking her putt in, but it breaks off to the left just as it looked like dropping. Salas and Kupcho take turns to misread, leaving Reid a glorious opportunity from six feet. You’d expect her to make it more often than not, but pushes a nervous effort wide right. That’s a big chance to double Europe’s lead spurned.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (4)

1UP J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen (3)

Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire 1UP (2)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (1)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Hull, Pedersen, Ernst and Kang hit four poor putts in a row on the 1st green, and that’s an uninspiring half to start with. Plenty of time to get into their groove. Up on 3, Korda learns nothing from Ciganda’s birdie effort and leaves it out by some distance on the left. Hole halved, and the US remain one up.

2UP Noh/Harigae v Boutier/Popov (3)

1UP J Korda/Khang v Ciganda/Madsen (3)

Kupcho/Salas v Reid/Maguire 1UP (1)

Kang/Ernst A/S Hull/Pedersen (1)

USA 5½-6½ Europe

Jessica Korda seems to have the energy levels her sister sorely lacked this morning. Having celebrated her eagle at 2 with a jaunty skip and strut, she now eases her tee shot at the par-three 3rd pin high. She’ll have a good look at birdie from ten feet … and will get a read from Carlota Ciganda, who is a few feet outside her, coming in on the same line.

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