The overtaking of Daniel Hillier in the men's tournament, that of Emma Talley in the women's one. In Northern Ireland, the ISPS HANDA World Invitational, a competition organized by the European Tour, LPGA and Ladies European Tour, is taking off.
In County Antrim, where 288 competitors showed up at the starting line (144 men on one side, 144 women on the other, with two different rankings), the great balance continues. New Zealander Hillier (author of 9 birdies and a bogey) with a total of 129 (67 62, -11) has only one shot ahead of the English Jordan Smith, second with 130 (-10) and alone at the top of the standings after the 18 opening holes.
Good performance also for two other Britons, Garrick Porteous and David Horsey, both third with 132 (-8). While he is 34th (he has gained 4 positions) with 138 (69 69, -2) Francesco Laporta who, after two bogeys in the first 4 holes played (he started from 10), changed gears making three birdies.
Aron Zemmer came out on the first cut (after the 'moving day' there will be a second one), 84th with 142 (+2). In the pink event, the American Talley with a show trial characterized by a partial of 65 (-7) out of a total of 132 (67 65, -13) strokes, took the stage and at mid-race boasts a gap advantage reassuring on the South Korean Chella Choi and on the compatriot Jennifer Kupcho - among the three leaders after the first lap - both second with 135 (-10).
And now the moving day before the grand finale. On the one hand Hillier, on the other Talley. The ISPS HANDA World Invitational is getting more and more alive and getting ready for its highlight. Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced today the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio.
The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown. “We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell.
“The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events”.
The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic.
One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker. “The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker.
“I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!” The BMW Celebrity Match is open to anyone attending the Solheim Cup on September 2.
Tickets can be found at www.solheimcupusa.com, with additional participants to be announced in the coming weeks. Along with the celebrity match, BMW becomes an official partner of the Solheim Cup as the official vehicle for the event.
With a full week of action set to take place at the 2021 Solheim Cup, fans can also purchase various ticket and hospitality packages to enjoy every activity in Toledo at Inverness Club. New in 2021 is the Meijer Pavilion, which will give ticketholders a 300-degree view of the surrounding holes and upgraded food and beverage options, with local bands playing everyday from 11 a.m.
– 2 p.m. The 2021 Solheim Cup event will take place Sept. 4-6 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. U.S. Captain Pat Hurst, along with Assistant Captains Angela Stanford and Michelle Wie West will lead the best players from the United States as they look to reclaim the Solheim Cup on home soil.
Europe will once again be helmed by Captain Catriona Matthew, with Vice Captains Laura Davies, Kathryn Imrie and Suzann Pettersen by her side. The U.S. and European teams will be finalized following the 2021 AIG Women’s Open.