U.S. captain Stacy Lewis selects Morgan Pressel as assistant captain for 2023 Solheim Cup

Morgan Pressel is a six-time Solheim Cup team member and a major champion.

Stacy Lewis has selected Morgan Pressel as an assistant captain for the 2023 U.S. Solheim Cup team. Pressel, a six-time member of Team USA and major winner, will try to help the Americans win back the cup next September at Finca Cortesin in Spain.

“When I started thinking about assistant captains, I knew that I wanted people with a true love for the Solheim Cup,” said Lewis. “Morgan was immediately at the top of my list. Her passion for the Solheim Cup and her competitive energy will be great assets to Team USA. I’ve known her for years as a competitor and friend, and I’m happy to have her with me as we spend the next year building a great team.”

Pressel, 33, was part of winning Solheim Cup teams in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019. She secured the winning point in 2009 with a 3-and-2 victory over Anna Nordqvist. Pressel’s overall Solheim record is 11–8–3.

Pressel became the youngest major winner in history at age 18 when she won the 2007 Chevron Championship. She also won the 2008 Kapalua LPGA Classic and has 66 career top-10 finishes. She recently put away her clubs for most of the season as she embarked on a career in television, covering the LPGA for Golf Channel.

“The Solheim Cup is the greatest exhibition in our sport, bringing unrivaled passion and energy, and it has always been one of my favorite events,” said Pressel. “I am honored and excited for the opportunity to support Stacy in her journey as captain of Team USA! We have been on many teams together, and now to help her and Team USA in Spain as an assistant captain will be a tremendous highlight in my career.”

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2024 Solheim Cup headed to Virginia’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, site of four Presidents Cups

In 2023, the competition heads to Spain for the first time at Finca Cortesin on the southern coast.

The Solheim Cup seems to get better every year. The 2021 staging at Inverness was a rousing success with a record crowd of 130,000, packed pavilions and merchandise flying off the shelves before the competition even started.

In 2023, the competition heads to Spain for the first time at Finca Cortesin on the southern coast. Because the Ryder Cup moved to odd years due to the pandemic, the Solheim Cup will switch back to even years, with back-to-back competitions in 2023 and 2024.

In 2024, the Solheim Cup heads to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, the LPGA announced. Golfweek first reported that the biennial event was likely headed there last week.

Jones considered the course, located just outside Washington D.C., to be his masterpiece. It opened in 1991 and was home to four Presidents Cups as well as the 2015 Quicken Loans National, won by Troy Merritt.

Overall view of the crowd and clubhouse during the opening ceremony of The Presidents Cup at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Virginia on September 22, 2005. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA)

Robert Trent Jones Golf Club is ranked 74th in Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses list. Its picturesque back nine runs adjacent to Lake Manassas, a 770-acre reservoir.

“We are honored and excited to bring the 2024 Solheim Cup to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. RTJ has a strong tradition of hosting world-class international competitions, and we can’t wait to add the Solheim Cup, one of the flagship events in women’s golf, to the list,” said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan in a statement. “Playing the Solheim Cup on this magnificent golf course near our nation’s capital will provide the perfect backdrop for these elite athletes to battle for the Cup. I have no doubt that the club and its members will serve as wonderful hosts, and that fans from around the world will enjoy an experience of a lifetime.”

The Solheim Cup has never before been staged in Virginia. Europe has won the last two contests, shrinking the United States’ overall lead in the series to 10-7.

There’s another big women’s event headed to the D.C. area soon with the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship slated for Congressional Country Club later this summer.

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Stacy Lewis, 36, will be the youngest captain in U.S. Solheim history when she leads in Spain – could she play, too?

“If I need to build the best team possible and my name is a part of that, then I’ll do it.”

Stacy Lewis hadn’t even been publicly announced as the 2023 U.S. Solheim Cup captain when she started filling up a notebook. At 36, she might be the youngest to be named captain of Team USA, but she believes plenty more just like her will follow. In true Lewis form, she’s already thinking of ways to make the job better.

“Behind the scenes, I want to set things up in place for future captains,” Lewis told a group of reporters, “so certain things from when the announcement is made to when you go about the process of doing your clothes and your bag and all that stuff, that it’s already kind of in place and set up, that it’s not kind of reinventing the wheel every time. Because I think looking forward, your captains are going to continue to be younger. They might still be playing like I am, so there’s got to be a balance there.”

ST LEON-ROT, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 20: Stacy Lewis of team USA holds the Solheim Cup trophyat the closing ceremony of The Solheim Cup at St Leon-Rot Golf Club on September 20, 2015 in St Leon-Rot, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Lewis, who will lead the USA’s efforts to reclaim the Solheim Cup from Team Europe at Finca Cortesin in Spain on September 22-24, is already big on practice sessions, wanting to make sure the routines of Solheim week are comfortable for all 12 players as best she can. This will be the hardest event of their careers inside the ropes, said Lewis, and she’s all about making it as stress-free and fun as possible. She also wants to win.

Lewis will keep some of the pod system that three-time captain Juli Inkster put in place but make it more flexible.

“It comes down to making putts,” said Lewis. “We didn’t do enough of that at Inverness. That’s what I talked about, being in these last groups and learning how to handle the pressure and the emotions of it. That’s really what the putting comes down to.”

Could she possibly lead by example next year in Spain? Heading into 2022, Lewis never imagined she’d be a playing captain. But after opening up the 2022 season T-4, T-8 and T-18, she’s not counting it out.

“If I need to build the best team possible and my name is a part of that,” she said, “then I’ll do it.”

Lewis sounded a bit like a new commissioner when she noted that she planned to do a lot of listening in the next few months. She wants to talk to fans, media, players, caddies, and players’ families. Team USA has lost the last two Solheim Cups, and she’s determined to do the work needed to change that.

“I want to figure out what we’re missing,” she said. “The pieces that we’re missing to help these girls play better and help make it be a better experience for the fans or whatever it may be.”

TOLEDO, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 02: Stacy Lewis United States Assistant Captain, and her daughter Chesnee look on during a practice round ahead of the start of The Solheim Cup at Inverness Club on September 02, 2021, in Toledo, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Solheim Cup is the biggest stage in the women’s game, and Lewis wants everyone on her team to understand the history of the event and the weight of its importance. She wants past players and past captains involved as much as possible so that current players can feel their passion.

A 13-time winner on the LPGA who ascended to No. 1 and won two majors, Lewis is a big-picture thinker and straightforward communicator. She’ll take advice and she’ll compromise, but there will be no gray area. While her Solheim Cup record is lacking at 5-10-1, she’s open about what she has learned over the years. Like the time in Colorado when she got frustrated after a missed putt and walked off the green, only to have partner Paula Creamer yell at her to come back and be a good partner.

“Gosh, you have more humbling moments in golf when you lose,” she said.

Growing up with scoliosis made Lewis tough. It also gave her great perspective. She wasn’t a child prodigy or even a top college recruit. She slowly, and somewhat surprisingly, built herself into the best player in the world and made the tour stronger in the process. Now she’s a working mom working hard to make the tour better for generations to come.

Lewis will be 38 years old by the time the next Solheim Cup rolls around. The youngest U.S. captain to date was Patty Sheehan in 2002 at age 45. Catrin Nilsmark was 36 when she captained Europe to victory in 2003.

Juli Inkster, who along with recent past captains Meg Mallon and Pat Hurst served on the committee that selected Lewis, told her: “You’re ready for this.”

Of that, there is no doubt.

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Suzann Pettersen, one of Europe’s most colorful Solheim Cup players, named 2023 captain

“This is the biggest honor of my career.”

Suzann Pettersen was named 2023 European Solheim Cup captain at a press conference in Spain on Monday. The colorful Norwegian player, who has been both the hero and the villain of the biennial match, will try to carry on the momentum set forth by Catriona Matthew, who led Europe to consecutive victories in 2019 and 2021.

The next match will take place in Spain’s Costa del Sol from September 18-24, 2023.

Pettersen, 40, has represented Europe in nine Solheim Cups as a player and twice as vice captain. In 2019, she famously sank the winning putt at Gleneagles and then walked off into retirement with son Herman in her arms.

“I am simply thrilled to be named Solheim Cup captain,” said Pettersen. “This is the biggest honor of my career.”

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Pettersen made her Solheim debut in 2002 at Interlachen Golf and Country Club in Minnesota and helped lead Europe to victory in 2003, 2011 and 2013 before returning from maternity leave in 2019 to deliver the most impactful seven-foot putt of her career.

Prior to being named a wild card pick in 2019, Pettersen has competed in only three Rolex Ranking events in 18 months, with two missed cuts and a T-59 in the CP Women’s Open.

Her performance in Scotland was nothing short of legendary.

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“We are delighted that Suzann has accepted the role of captain for the 2023 Solheim Cup,” said Alexandra Armas, chief executive of the Ladies European Tour. “She has been the heart and soul of the European team for almost 20 years and, with 21 points earned from nine appearances, her record speaks for itself.”

Pettersen took on the role on villain in 2015 when a concession controversy erupted on the final day in Germany.

The incident occurred on the 17th green at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in four-balls when rookie Alison Lee picked up an 18-inch putt for par that she thought Europe had conceded. As Charley Hull walked off the green, Pettersen told the group’s rules official that the putt hadn’t been given.

The miscommunication resulted in a loss of hole for Lee and partner Brittany Lincicome, who walked to the 18th tee stunned.

After the Americans failed to birdie the final hole, Europe closed the match, 2 up, and Lee and Hull broke down sobbing.

The Americans responded with the biggest come-from-behind victory in Solheim Cup history, with Team USA overcoming a four-point deficit to triumph, winning 8.5 points in singles play Sunday.

Pettersen later issued an apology.

Now a mother of two, Pettersen served as vice captain for Matthew at Inverness in September, helping Europe take home the Cup despite having only a small number of friends and family present due to travel restrictions.

A two-time major champion, Pettersen has 21 LPGA and LET titles, including 15 on the LPGA. She won the 2007 McDonald’s LPGA Championship (now KPMG Women’s PGA) and 2013 Evian Championship.

“My best golfing memories are from the Solheim Cup,” said Pettersen. “You are out there with your teammates, your friends, and you all work for one goal. You fight for your friends and you share incredibly precious moments.”

Team USA has yet to name its next captain.

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Nichols: Five reasons why Stacy Lewis should captain the next two U.S. Solheim Cup teams

Few current players have made a bigger impact on the LPGA as a whole than the former No. 1.

Stacy Lewis will once again captain Team USA at the Spirit International Amateur this week. The Spirit features 80 competitors from 20 countries, with two men and two women representing each side. Rose Zhang, Rachel Heck, Sam Bennett, and James Piot will represent Team USA Nov. 4-6 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

With Lewis back at the helm at The Spirit, it seems an ideal time to look ahead to another leadership role she seems destined to fill – U.S. Solheim Cup captain.

Given the Americans’ loss at Inverness, it seems unlikely that Pat Hurst will be given another chance at the helm. The committee that makes such decisions will likely meet in the coming weeks.

Here are five reasons why Lewis should be the next captain:

1. Lewis is a born leader – Few current players have made a bigger impact on the LPGA as a whole than the former No. 1. Her relationships with personal sponsors have led directly to title sponsorships and even the overhaul of a major in the KPMG Women’s PGA. She’s outspoken on important issues and encourages players to find their own voice. One of the rare big-picture thinkers in the game.

2. Her style is right for the moment – Lewis is a straightforward communicator. Players will know where they stand, and what she expects at all times. Players respect transparency. She’s also the kind of person who is willing to listen and adjust when necessary. At a time when Team USA seems to be finding its new identity post Juli Inkster and American stalwarts like Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel, Lewis seems like the ideal candidate to offer a blend of old and new.

3. Her resume – Lewis has won 13 times on the LPGA, including major victories at the 2011 ANA Inspiration and the 2013 AIG Women’s British Open. A two-time LPGA Rolex Player of the Year winner, Lewis became the first American to win the award since Beth Daniel in 1994. She also won the Vare Trophy in 2013 and 2014. Her Solheim Cup record of 5-10-1 is certainly lacking, but that doesn’t take away from her zeal for the event. If anything, she probably wanted it too much.

ST LEON-ROT, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 20: Stacy Lewis of team USA holds the Solheim Cup trophy after the final day of The Solheim Cup at St Leon-Rot Golf Club on September 20, 2015 in St Leon-Rot, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

4. Equipped to handle back-to-back years – It wouldn’t be at all surprising if the next Solheim Cup captains (for both sides) ended up having the job both in 2023 and 2024. With the Solheim Cup moving back to even years, it wouldn’t seem fair to name a new captain in 2024 and give her less than a year to prepare. Given Lewis’ previous experience assisting the team in both 2019 (after withdrawing due to injury) and 2021 (after not getting picked), she’s well-versed in what it takes to run the show. A disciplined and structured player by nature who handles the press as well as anyone on tour, Lewis is best equipped to manage the chaos of two Solheims in two years.

5. No one else seems ready Lewis will be 38 years old by the time the next Solheim Cup rolls around. The youngest U.S. captain to date was Patty Sheehan in 2002 at age 45. A couple of older players come to mind for the job: Angela Stanford (43) and Cristie Kerr (44). Both should be captains in due time. Stanford, who served as an assistant captain to Hurst this year, has said that she still wants to learn more before taking on the role. She’d also like to play in one more Solheim. Kerr didn’t make the team in 2021 and has yet to be an assistant captain. Previous assistant captain experience seems more crucial than ever given the back-to-back Cups.

And there’s plenty of time for Michelle Wie West, Creamer, and Pressel to have a turn. Does Dottie Pepper fit into the captain equation at some point? Perhaps.

But the time is right for Lewis.

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Europe builds big lead, holds on to win Solheim Cup over the U.S.

Make it two in a row for Europe over the Americans in the Solheim Cup. But it was not without some drama.

Make it two in a row for Europe over the Americans in the Solheim Cup. But it was not without some drama.

Europe held a 9-7 lead heading into Monday’s singles matches and kept the momentum going by winning the first 3 ½ points of the day.

Leona Maguire struck first with a 5-and-4 win over Jennifer Kupcho. Maguire, the first Irishwoman to play in the event, went 4-0-1 during the week.

Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden then closed out Ally Ewing, 3 and 2, to give the Europeans an 11-7 lead. Moments later, France’s Celine Boutier knocked out Mina Harigae, 5 and 4, giving the Europeans 12 points, two shy of the 14 they needed to retain the cup.

Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, just 15 days removed from winning her third major at the AIG Women’s British Open, earned a half point in her match against Lexi Thompson, making the score 12 ½-7 ½.

The U.S. finally got on the board when Nelly Korda defeated England’s Georgia Hall, 1 up, cutting the European lead to 12 ½-8 ½.

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Austin Ernst earned a half-point for the U.S. in her match against Nanna Koerstz Madsen, making it 13-9, and leaving Europe just a point away from retaining cup.

Megan Khang then claimed a 3-and-2 win over Germany’s Sophia Popov to cut the U.S. deficit to 13-10.

Brittany Altomare then knocked out Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, 2 and 1, tightening things even further to 13-11.

Lizette Salas and Matilda Castren went to the 18th tied. Castren hit an amazing shot from the sand to set up a par putt, which she made to give the Europeans the crucial 14th point they needed to retain the cup.

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Catriona Matthew, who led Europe to 14 ½ to 13 ½ win in 2019 at Gleneagles in Scotland, makes it two wins in row as captain. This is also the second time since the event started in 1990 that Europe won on U.S. soil. The first came in 2013 in Colorado.

The 2023 matches will be held in Spain for the first time, just one week ahead of the Ryder Cup’s first-ever stop in Rome.

In 2024, the Solheim Cup returns to the U.S. while shifting back to even years. The dates and location will be announced at a later date.

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Solheim Cup headed to Spain in 2023 but then? The biennial match will be played on even years starting in 2024.

The Solheim Cup is moving back to even years starting in 2024 to avoid a clash with the Ryder Cup.

The Solheim Cup is moving back to even years starting in 2024 to avoid a clash with the Ryder Cup. With the Ryder Cup moving to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers had previously announced that the men’s match-play event would permanently remain on odd years going forward.

“With the world sporting schedule changing so much due to current difficulties, we felt it was in the best interest of the Solheim Cup to return to an off-year rotation with the Ryder Cup,” Dennis Baggett, Executive Director of the Solheim Cup, said in November of 2020. “When the competition returns to the United States in 2024, I have no doubt fans will have an incredible opportunity to celebrate the best women golfers from the United States and Europe as they represent their home countries.”

The Solheim was first played in 1990 and remained on an even-year rotation until 2003. That move came about because the Ryder Cup switched to even years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks postponed the 2001 competition to 2002.

While future dates will be spread apart, the next staging of the biennial competition offers an opportunity much like in 2021 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. In 2023, the Solheim Cup heads to Spain for the first time from Sept. 22-24, one week ahead of the Ryder Cup’s debut in Rome.

The dates and venue for the 2024 Solheim Cup will be announced at a later date.

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A closer look at Solheim Cup singles matches and how to watch the action on Labor Day

Everything you need to know for Monday’s Labor Day singles matches at the Solheim Cup.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Anna Nordqvist and Lexi Thompson will kick off what could be a sensational Labor Day finish at rockin’ Inverness Club. If their singles match four years ago in Iowa is any indication, Nordqvist and Thompson will deliver at the 17th Solheim Cup. They might have halved that lead-off match in Des Moines, but former U.S. captain Juli Inkster joked that it felt like six points.

The third match of the day on Monday at Inverness is a gift of the golf gods, with Leona Maguire and Jennifer Kupcho squaring off in what should be a roaring rookie showdown. Maguire, the only player in the event to go all five matches, is 3-0-1 in her Solheim debut while Kupcho is 2-0-1. The pair faced each other earlier this year in the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play event and finished the match tied.

“You never know how you’re going to react in these situations until you’re put in them,” said Maguire. “This is what you practice for. This is what you prepare for. I love team golf. I love match play.”

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World No. 1 Nelly Korda looked out of sorts in her morning foursomes loss and sat out in the afternoon. She was embroiled in controversy in Saturday four-balls, and while she and Ally Ewing went on to win the match, it was emotionally draining and upsetting.

Korda defeated Caroline Hedwall in her singles debut two years ago.

Another one of Europe’s heralded rookies, Matilda Castren, will have her work cut out against Lizette Salas, who has never lost in singles with a 3-0-1 record.

On the European side, Spain’s Carlota Ciganda has the team’s best singles record of 3-0-1. She’ll face Brittany Altomare on Monday.

Mel Reid had her neck attended to in the middle of the round on Sunday afternoon. She said it happened at lunch, but that she’ll be fine. She faces rookie Yealimi Noh, who is riding a high after putting up her first Solheim Cup point in afternoon four-balls.

“The Americans have put something in our food, I think,” joked Reid. “The tiramisu is keeping us up at night and the spring rolls are giving us a bad necks.”

If it all comes down to the final match, rookie Emily K. Pedersen will carry the load for Europe against American Danielle Kang, who won the LPGA Drive On event at Inverness last summer. And just for fun, Pedersen’s boyfriend happens to be Kang’s caddie.

Europe needs five points to retain the Cup, and the Americans need 7.5 to win it back.

The final round of the Solheim Cup will be live on Golf Channel Monday, Sept. 6 from 12-6 p.m. EDT.

Singles matches (all times Eastern)

12:05 p.m. – Anna Nordqvist (EUR) vs. Lexi Thompson (USA)

12:15 p.m. – Madelene Sagstrom (EUR) vs. Ally Ewing (USA)

12:25 p.m. – Leona Maguire (EUR) vs. Jennifer Kupcho (USA)

12:35 p.m. – Georgia Hall (EUR) vs. Nelly Korda (USA)

12:45 p.m. – Celine Boutier (EUR) vs. Mina Harigae (USA)

12:55 p.m. – Nanna Koerstz Madsen (EUR) vs. Austin Ernst (USA)

1:05 p.m. – Matilda Castren (EUR) vs. Lizette Salas (USA)

1:15 p.m. – Carlota Ciganda (EUR) vs. Brittany Altomare (USA)

1:25 p.m. – Sophia Popov (EUR) vs. Megan Khang (USA)

1:35 p.m. – Mel Reid (EUR) vs. Yealimi Noh (USA)

1:45 p.m. – Charley Hull (EUR) vs. Jessica Korda (USA)

1:55 p.m. – Emily K. Pedersen (EUR) vs. Danielle Kang (USA)

Europe carries two-point edge over Americans entering Sunday singles at 17th Solheim Cup

“It always seems to come down to the singles. Every little half point here or there is going to be crucial.”

TOLEDO, Ohio – Patrick Cantlay took home $15 million on Sunday for winning the FedEx Cup, which is essentially what both the American and European teams have combined to make on the LPGA in 2021.

On Labor Day in Toledo, 24 women will play for pride and country in the 17th Solheim Cup on a major championship venue.

And it’s all setting up to be an epic showdown.

“We knew the Americans were going to come back fighting at us,” said European captain Catriona Matthew.

And while they did, winning three points in morning foursomes on the heels of a rules controversy involving World No. 1 Nelly Korda, Europe took 2.5 points in the afternoon session to take a 9-7 lead heading into singles.

This marks the ninth time that Europe has held the lead going into singles; four times they’ve gone on from there to win the Cup.

Amidst of a sea of red, white a blue, a chant of “Ole, Ole, Ole,” rang out around the 18th green at Inverness late Sunday as Mel Reid knocked one close on the 18th to clinch a half point alongside Leona Maguire against Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas. In one of the day’s most thrilling matches, Kupcho chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole to send the American fans in a frenzy.

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Fans on the 17th hole during the Fourball Match on day two of the Solheim Cup at the Inverness Club on September 05, 2021 in Toledo, Ohio. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

“It was 136,” said Reid of her final approach into the 18th. “It was probably playing 10 into; I hit a three-quarter 8 (iron). I knew as soon as I hit it it was either going to be a little bit left and short or it was going to be good, so I was hoping for the good, and I almost willed that ball into the hole.”

Reid and Maguire just got to know each other this week and now have a 2-0-1 record together. The fearless Irish rookie is 3-0-1 on her own.

Maguire’s identical twin sister Lisa, a former player herself who know goes to dental school, was hoarse on Sunday after shouting all day. She’s the only supporter here for Maguire, though all of Ireland is back home supporting.

Maguire, the first Irish player to compete in the Solheim Cup, is the only player who will compete in all five matches this week.

“I think they’ve got to know each other,” said Matthew of the surprise partnership, “and they’ve kind of reveled in each other’s company.”

The 26-year-old Maguire spent 135 weeks as the top amateur in the world. The former Duke standout represented Europe in two Junior Solheim Cups, one Junior Ryder Cup and Great Britain and Ireland in three Curtis Cups.

“She knows how to play some amazing golf,” she said. “We’ve seen her do it college, she did it in her amateur days and I guess people are just now seeing what she can do on the big stage. It’s really impressive to watch.”

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Meanwhile rookie Kupcho has come up big for the Americans, going 2-0-1 in three matches alongside Salas.

She doesn’t play like (a rookie),” said Salas, “and I never approached her like one, and she definitely doesn’t have a game like a rookie.”

Hurst said Kupcho’s and Salas’ success is a good example of the pod system at work.

“The way they’re playing and interacting with each other,” she said, “has been what we were looking for.”

Hurst looked like she might be taking a risk when she sent out a pair of rookies together in Mina Harigae and Yealimi Noh, who’d never scored a point, in afternoon four-balls. They handled a tight match against Celine Boutier and Sophia Popov down the stretch like steely vets, winning 3 and 1, to put the only full point on the board for Team USA.

“I think we were just ready to go more than anything,” said Harigae. “We were chomping at the bit watching the morning matches, especially their comebacks. I think that motivated us more.”

The host country has won the Solheim Cup 12 of the last 16 times. For the Americans to win, they’ll need their stars to come up big on Monday. So far, Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda and Lexi Thompson are a combined 2-6-0 at Inverness.

Europe needs five points to retain the Cup and the Americans need 7.5 to win it back.

“It’s going to be tight,” said Matthew. “It always seems to come down to the singles. Every little half point here or there is going to be crucial.”

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Solheim Cup: USA mounts impressive comeback to pull within one point of Europe

The Americans are down just one entering Saturday afternoon.

TOLEDO, Ohio – With their backs against the wall, the Americans did what was needed, even with World No. 1 Nelly Korda looking out of sorts.

The Europeans were up in all four matches on a quiet Sunday morning, but Pat Hurst’s team came roaring back, winning three points in foursomes play to pull within one point of the Europeans.

Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst put the first point on the board for Team USA, turning around their match midway through the back nine and holding on to win, 1 up.

“It was huge,” said Ernst. “We needed to get a point for the team and get it turned early so they could see some red early.”

Lexi Thompson followed with a birdie bomb on the 17th hole that gave her and Brittany Altomare a 2-and-1 victory. It marked the first Solheim Cup win for Thompson without partner Cristie Kerr.

Thompson said they came into the day playing for Grace Godfrey, daughter of LPGA player Jane Park and Pete Godfrey, who fell critically ill earlier this year at the tour stop in Dallas. Grace turned 1-year-old on Sunday. Players on both teams wore happy birthday stickers on their hats.

“We just wanted to keep a smile on our faces for her and keep her in our prayers,” said Thompson, “and came out today kind of with that attitude that we’re just blessed to be out here.”

Jennifer Kupcho ignited the crowd on the 17th with a long birdie putt to give her and Lizette Salas their second point of the week. They’ll go back out together in the afternoon four-ball session against Europe’s Mel Reid and rookie Leona Maguire, who are also 2-0.

Reid and Maguire delivered the only loss for Team USA, dispatching of Nelly Korda and Ally Ewing, 5 and 4. Korda, who was embroiled in a rules controversy on Saturday, hit a handful of shocking shots, including a bladed miss from the bunker on the par-4 fourth hole that found the hazard.

She’ll sit in afternoon four-balls while sister Jessica comes back out to partner with Megan Khang. Jessica sat out both the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning sessions.

Maguire, the first Irish player to ever compete in a Solheim Cup, first got to know Reid earlier this week. She’s a perfect 3-0 thus far and will be the only player in the competition who plays all five matches.

“I think it was a pairing neither of us saw coming, but the captains obviously saw something in us that we didn’t see in ourselves,” said Maguire, “and I think we’re both fearless on the golf course, which is something you need to be in those matches, especially given the pairings we were up against.”

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Sunday Four-Ball Pairings

12:05 p.m. ET – Celine Boutier and Sophia Popov (EUR) vs. Yealimi Noh and Mina Harigae (USA)

12:20 p.m. ET – Carlota Ciganda and Nanna Koerstz Madsen (EUR) vs. Jessica Korda and Megan Khang (USA)

12:35 p.m. ET – Mel Reid and Leona Maguire (EUR) vs. Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas (USA)

12:50 p.m. ET – Charley Hull and Emily K. Pedersen (EUR) vs. Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst (USA)