- by cnn
- 02 Dec 2023
The destiny of the Solheim Cup hangs in the balance after Team Europe fought back to level the scores 8-8 ahead of the final day at Finca Cortesin, Spain.
Team USA went into Saturday with a 5-3 lead, after whitewashing its counterparts in the first session on Friday, but failed to capitalize on that advantage with a second straight afternoon session defeat.
Team Europe is seeking a record third consecutive Solheim Cup win, needing to reach 14 points on Sunday owing to the fact it's the current holder.
Two of the morning's four foursomes matches - which sees players of each pair take alternate shots with one ball - proved to be topsy-turvy affairs. The last contest between the Swedish pair of Linn Grant and Maja Stark and America's Danielle Kang and Andrea Lee was decided by the final putt on hole 18.
Grant needed to make a 12-foot putt on the last to secure Europe's second point of the session amidst palpable tension - and the 24-year-old rookie delivered to the obvious delight of the partisan crowd at Finca Cortesin.
That dramatic putt provided a fitting end to a match which saw momentum swing in favor of Suzann Pettersen's team, despite Team USA still holding a 7-5 advantage after the morning session.
The afternoon fourballs session - a format that has each player hitting their own ball and recording the lowest score on each hole for their pair - immediately saw the leaderboard flooded with European blue after Leona Maguire's birdie on the second hole, and that impetus remained almost constant in the Spanish sunshine.
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