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Solheim Cup report: What happened on day two at Gleneagles?

Wind battered the Scottish layout throughout day two, with the rain even throwing a few punches late on, but through all of that, one thing was constant and that was high quality matchplay golf.

A Sunday singles showdown awaits with the teams tied at 8-8 and here’s how we got there.

The second day opened up again with foursomes, which featured yet another rampant victory from the unstoppable Korda sisters.

Their 6&5 victory was the highlight of the session as they demolished Bronte Law and Carlota Ciganda, who were yet to be defeated in their opening two matches.

Despite being the last group to tee off, they were the first finished by a good margin thanks to their winning birdie at the 13th.

This was their fourth birdie of the day and they had not taken their foot off the gas since the very beginning. The visitors opened their round with back-to-back birdies to and were quickly 2-up with Europe winning just one hole, the 4th.

After this point it was all USA and they soon had the first point of the day on the board. This made up half of the American foursomes tally with Morgan Pressel and Marina Alex also securing a point.

The duo were looking down and out after just six holes as they were on the wrong end of a magnificent start from Anna Nordqvist and Anne van Dam.

The Europeans were 4-up through six and cruising, but with increasingly trickier conditions and a nice putt holed by Alex on the 7th, the tide turned and their lead dissolved.

Having won the 7th, Pressel and Alex went on to win five consecutive holes from nine through 13 and then added the 15th to their card, too.  3-up with three to play, they lost the 16th but a half at the next completed a hugely impressive comeback.

Having held a one-point lead after the opening day, Europe were keen to hold on to this and did so winning two matches themselves.

Charley Hull maintained her unbeaten foursomes record in Solheim Cups as she partnered Azahara Munoz to a 4&3 victory over Megan Khang and Danielle Kang.

For a long while it looked to be even better than it was for the home team – they were 6up through 11 and their opponents had not won a single hole.

Despite losing the 12th and 13th, Hull and Munoz had enough of a lead to ensure there was no late drama and a half at 15 sealed the deal.

Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier were also in control throughout their match and recorded a solid 3&2 victory over Lizette Salas and Ally McDonald.

The Saturday fourballs were in fact dreadfully slow, but we’ll get to that. The matches themselves were enthralling and both teams gave as good as they got.

Three of the four matches went all the way to the 18th, with the final match of the day reaching the 17th green.

Danielle Kang made a great birdie on 17 to conclude the final contest in which she partnered Lizette Salas to defeat the all-Spanish duo of Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz.

The opener saw Brittany Altomare and Annie Park involved in a ‘ding-dong’ battle with Suzann Pettersen and Anne van Dam.

Europe never managed to get ahead but repeatedly pegged the Americans back to level the match. In the end, it was just one step too far for the Europeans to make birdie on the last for a half.

Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier continued their formidable partnership as they produced a back-nine comeback to take the spoils from their match with Ally McDonald and Angel Yin.

The USA led throughout the majority of the round and it looked to be a matter of time before they closed out the victory.

But, with the Europeans 3-down with five to play, they rallied to win each of the remaining holes and seal a valuable point.

In the second match out, Lexi Thompson and Marina Alex shared the point with Caroline Masson and Jodi Ewart Shadoff. In truth, this was the correct result as 11 of the holes were halved, with Europe winning four and USA two.

Solheim Cup report: Slow play plagues Friday and Saturday

Throughout the opening two days there were more than a few murmurs about the pace of play – or lack of it.

Friday’s play was somewhat slower than it should have been and despite officials stating that they would be hot on the heels of anyone playing slow, this was not the case.

The opening day’s fourballs highlighted just how grave the issue is that golf and the Solheim Cup is facing, and that was only emphasised even further on Saturday.

Suzann Pettersen partnered Anne van Dam in the first match out on Friday afternoon and they took an astonishing two hours 57 to play nine holes.

They were playing against Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas and it was after five hours and 11 minutes that their match finally concluded on 16 after holding up all of the following groups.

Salas was the only player to be given a bad time warning, had she been given a second she would have been disqualified from the hole she was playing, but this did not happen.

Even the captains acknowledged the issue with Juli Inkster saying “It’s painfully slow out there.”

The situation worsened on Saturday with Salas being put on the clock again and Carlota Ciganda also joining her. Again, neither players were penalised.

Funnily enough, both players were in the final match of the day – Kang/Salas vs. Ciganda/Munoz – they were far from keeping up with the group in front of them come the back-nine and after four and a half hours had only reached the 14th.

The conditions were simply dreadful throughout Saturday which would naturally have slowed play a little but not to the extent that we have seen.

Will we ever see significant moves made to end slow play? Who knows.

Solheim Cup report: Overall scores after day two

Europe: 8

USA: 8

Solheim Cup report: Day two results

Saturday foursomes

8.10am: Anna Nordqvist/Anne van Dam vs. Morgan Pressel/Marina Alex – USA 2&1

8.22am: Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier vs. Lizette Salas/Ally McDonald – Europe 3&2

8.34am: Charley Hull/Azahara Munoz vs. Danielle Kang/Megan Khang – Europe 4&3

8.46am: Carlota Ciganda/Bronte Law vs. Jessica Korda/Nelly Korda – USA 6&5

Saturday fourballs

12.46pm: Suzann Pettersen/Anne van Dam vs. Brittany Altomare/Annie Park – USA 1-up

1.01pm: Jodi Ewart Shadoff/Caroline Masson vs. Lexi Thompson/Marina Alex – Match halved

1.16pm: Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier vs. Ally McDonald/Angel Yin – Europe 2-up

1.31pm:Carlota Ciganda/Azahara Munoz vs. Lizette Salas/Danielle Kang – USA 2&1

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