Solheim Cup 2021: Georgia Hall reunites with Celine Boutier, and Mel Reid teams up with Irish debutant Leona Maguire in the second session; Charley Hull also performs together with Emily Kristine Pedersen.
Anna Nordqvist, the AIG Women’s Open champion, will play with Matilda Castren, a Solheim Cup 2021 rookie, in the first match of the Saturday foursomes in Ohio.
Nordqvist, who won her third major title last month to qualify for her seventh consecutive Solheim Cup 2021 appearance, is one of three players from Europe’s sole victory on American soil in 2013.
Castren was one of Catriona Matthew’s captain’s picks after breakout wins on the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour this season, and the all-Scandinavian duo will face Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst at 7.35 a.m. local time (12.35 p.m. BST).
Matthew has remained with a winning formula from their thrilling 14.5-13.5 triumph at Gleneagles by teaming Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier once again, seeking to lead Europe to back-to-back Solheim Cup titles.
Hall and Boutier won all three of their matches together in 2019 and finished the week with perfect records, winning their singles matches as well, with the duo seeking to continue their winning streak against Ally Ewing and Megan Khang.
Pat Hurst, Team USA’s captain, has gone for experience and left all three of her debutants off the team sheet in the first round, with four-time Solheim Cup player Lizette Salas joining Jennifer Kupcho, Yealimi Noh, and Mina Harigae.
Nelly Korda, the world No. 1 and her sister Jessica, the only two unbeaten players in the United States’ 2019 defeat, will face Mel Reid, Scotland’s vice-captain, and Leona Maguire, the first Irish player to compete in a Solheim Cup.
Charley Hull partners up with Emily Kristine Pedersen for Europe’s final foursomes match, where they’ll face Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare, while Carlota Ciganda, Sophia Popov, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, and Madelene Sagstrom aren’t in the starting lineup for the visitors on Saturday morning.
Schedule (all times BST)
1235 Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren vs Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst
1247 Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier vs Ally Ewing and Megan Khang
1259 Mel Reid and Leona Maguire vs Nelly Korda and Jessica Korda