The second day of the Solheim Cup 2023 was once again dominated by the blue hues of Team Europe. After a challenging first day, the European squad successfully battled back to even out the score at 8-8 on the Finca Cortesin course in Andalusia.
The morning began with the USA leading 5-3, having previously been up 4-0 after the initial foursomes matches. The day ended with the last fourball events, in which the Europeans nearly achieved a clean sweep.
Solheim Cup 2023, results
The foursomes witnessed a dominant performance from the USA's Korda/Corpuz (5&3 over Hall/Boutier), while the other three matches were more evenly matched.
Pedersen/Ciganda took the first European win of the day, beating Vu/Kupcho 2&1. However, Thompson/Khang clinched a win at the second-to-last hole over Nordqvist/Maguire, placing significant emotional weight on the final match.
It was a close contest, but the European team of Stark/Grant eventually triumphed over Kang/Lee, keeping their hopes alive.
The momentum of the day continued into the fourballs, with the European team playing an almost flawless game.
While Knight/Yin managed to pull ahead of Nordqvist/Hedwall by 2Up, the European team sealed the deal with wins from Hull/Maguire (4&3 over Korda/Ewing), Sagstrom/Pedersen (2&1 over Zhang/Lee), and Ciganda/Grant (2&1 over Kang/Vu).
Now, it all comes down to the final day's 12 individual matches to determine the ultimate Solheim Cup champion. The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament pitting professional women's teams from Europe and the US against each other, and is contested in the same format as the Ryder Cup.
The initiative for this competition came from Karsten Solheim, founder of the American brand PING, which manufactures golf items. The first tournament was held in 1990 and was then held in various locations on even-numbered years until 2002.
After the Ryder Cup calendar was modified, since 2003 it has been held on odd-numbered years to avoid date conflicts. The tournament is held over three days with a total of twenty-eight matches: eight foursomes, eight fourballs and twelve singles on the last day. This is exactly the same as the Ryder.