2023 SOLHEIM CUP: SUNDAY SINGLES RESULTS
ANDALUCIA, Spain — Europe has retained the Solheim Cup after tying 14-14 with the Americans on Sunday at Finca Cortesin. Both sides won five matches and tied two matches to each earn six total points in the singles session, with Carlota Ciganda closing out Nelly Korda on the 17th green to capture the deciding point for the European team.
Take a look at the Sunday singles results from the 2023 Solheim Cup.
Sunday Singles Results
Match 17 – Megan Khang def. Linn Grant 1 up
Megan Khang grabbed the early lead with an opening birdie on No. 1 and she did not lose that lead once in 18 holes of play. Linn Grant, who played all five matches in her Solheim Cup debut, tried to cut into the lead on several occasions but Khang answered each time. The best Grant was able to do was bring the score down from 2-up to 1-up on holes 7, 12 and, finally, on 16. The match went dormie when both made par on 17, but Khang was able to close it out with a par putt to tie the match and earn the U.S. their second point of the day.
Match 18 – Leona Maguire def. Rose Zhang 4&3
Rose Zhang struck first, carding her first birdie of the day on the opening hole. But Leona Maguire, the hero of the 2021 Solheim Cup, quickly answered with birdies on two and three to take control of the match. The two went back and forth until No. 7., when Maguire took the lead again and only expanded on it from there. She went 2 up, 3 up, then 4 up on holes 12, 13 and 14 before the match ended on 15 when the two halved that hole. Maguire’s quick victory was the first point of the day for Team Europe and overall.
Match 19 – Danielle Kang def. Charley Hull 4&2
After the third group teed off, Danielle Kang became the third American to take a 1-up lead after the first hole. She held it for the next two holes before Charley Hull tied the match with a birdie on No. 4. Another seemingly deadlocked match, Kang caught fire after going 1-up on hole 6. She got to 3-up on No. 12 and made it 4-up with a birdie on 16, earning her the 4 and 2 victory and the first point of the day for the United States
Match 20 – Anna Nordqvist def. Jennifer Kupcho 2&1
It took five holes before the stalemate between Jennifer Kupcho and Anna Nordqvist was broken. On 5, playing assistant captain Nordqvist carded her first birdie to give the Swede the lead over Kupcho. From there, Nordqvist took the next two holes building a 3-up lead over the American, but she would not go down easily. Kupcho brought the match down to 1-up with a birdie on 14 and the two kept battling, tying the next hole before the vice-captain took a 2-up lead on 16 with a birdie of her own. Dormie heading onto 17, the match ended there with a par from each player. Nordqvist’s win became the second point of the day for Europe.
Match 21 – Andrea Lee tied Georgia Hall
Georgia Hall struck first, carding a birdie on the opening hole in the final day. She would go on to hold that lead for the next four holes until Andrea Lee made par on No. 6 to tie the match after a bogey from Hall. A birdie from Lee on the very next hole put her at a deficit again, but she made up for it with another par on 8 to tie it again. It would stay tied for the next three holes before Hall went 1-up on 12, then 2 up on 14. Though Hall had opportunities to close the door, Lee fought back and eventually brought the match to a tie on No. 17. The two parred the final hole, halving the match for the United States and Europe.
Match 22 – Cheyenne Knight tied Gemma Dryburgh
After not seeing any action in day two, Gemma Dryburgh came out swinging and carded her first birdie on the par-3 No. 3 to take a one up lead. Her lead grew to 3 up over the next two holes, looking like she would take control and earn Europe another point. Slowly but surely, Cheyenne Knight worked herself back into the mix with birdies on No. 8 to get the score down to 2-up, another on No. 15 to close the gap to 1-up and, finally on 16, she tied the match up. It stayed that way for the last three holes, giving the U.S. and Europe another half a point each.
Match 23 – Angel Yin def. Celine Boutier 2&1
Only one of three Europeans to take a lead after the first hole, Celine Boutier took advantage of the early par 4 to go 1-up on Angel Yin. But the American tied it right back up after a bogey by Boutier on 2. Yin followed that up with a birdie on 3 to take her first lead of the day and carried it until No. 11. Boutier made another birdie on 11 to tied it up and then took advantage of a bogey from Yin on No. 12 to retake a short-lived lead. Yin won the next two holes, going 1-up, then lost a point on 15 to bring things back to a tie. A great drive on 16 and a long birdie put gave Yin her final lead of the day, as she followed with another birdie on 17 to win 2 and 1.
Match 24 – Caroline Hedwall def. Ally Ewing 2 up
American Ally Ewing led nearly the entire match, going all the way to 3 up on No. 12 having not been down a hole before then. But Swede Caroline Hedwall, well rested after playing just one match on Friday and Saturday, did not give up, winning holes 13, 14 and 16 to tie the match near the very end. With the momentum and the crowd strongly in her favor, Hedwall won her last two holes with a birdie and an eagle, staging an important come-from-behind victory to earn a whole point for the Euros.
Match 25 – Lilia Vu def. Madelene Sagstrom 4&3
One of the more dominating wins of the day, Lilia Vu took her early lead on No. 1 and never looked back. Growing her lead hole by hole, Vu got to 5-up on No. 6 thanks to three birdies and a couple of errors by Madelene Sagstrom. Trying to bring the match back in favor of the Europeans, Sagstrom managed to cut the lead to 3-up with a birdie on No. 8. With the momentum starting to shift, Vu took advantage of a double-bogey from the European on No. 11, effectively sealing the deal for the Americans with a 4 and 3 victory.
Match 26 – Maja Stark def. Allisen Corpuz 2&1
The tightest match of the afternoon, it stayed deadlocked for the first six holes until Maja Stark struck first with a birdie on No. 7. Allisen Corpuz could not find an opening from the Swede, trailing 1-up most of the back nine with the score even creeping into 2-up territory on Nos. 13 and 14. Corpuz tried her best and brought the gap back down to 1-up heading into No. 17, but the American faltered on No. 17 allowing Europe to take the 2 and 1 victory.
Match 27 – Carlota Ciganda def. Nelly Korda 2&1
Arguably the most important match of the day, points were all tied up between the U.S. and Europe as the penultimate match was coming to an end. Playing on home soil, Spainard Carlota Ciganda led from the second hole until the 15th, increasing her lead to as high as 3 up on No. 8. American Nelly Korda was able to slowly chip away at Ciganda’s lead on with a birdie on 9, a par on 10 and another par on 15. Heading onto No. 16, the signature hole surrounded by grandstands, Ciganda felt the home field advantage as her theme song was sung throughout the European crowd. Korda stuck her approach shot close, withing 4-feet, but missed her short put before a birdie from the Ciganda sent a roar throughout the course. On 17, it was Cignada’s turn to stick one close and, after Korda found the bunker and nearly chipped in, the Spainard drained her birdie put to earn Europe’s final point of the day and retain the Solheim Cup for the team.
Match 28 – Lexi Thompson def. Emily Kristine Pedersen 2&1
Lexi Thompson and Emily Pedersen took the stage anchoring the singles play as two of the best performers at the 2023 Solheim Cup. Pedersen took the early lead going 1-up on the first hole thanks to an early birdie. She grew her lead to 2-up on No. 3 after Thompson bogeyed the par-3 No. 3. Not allowing the European momentum to continue, Thompson rattled off back-to-back birdies to square the match up on No. 6. The tides began to turn and the American grew to a 4-up lead looking poised to end the match early. Pedersen tried as best as she could to bring the score down closing the gap to a 2-up lead for the American heading into the final holes. Back-to-back pars effectively ended the match, giving America their 14th point.