Ciganda and Maguire resurrect Europe on the first day of the Solheim Cup

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It was not the dreamed start of the historic Solheim Cup that, with so much sacrifice from many of those involved, finally ended up in Spain. The preview of the golf was an opening ceremony that was a tribute to the most rancid, shabby and cheap Spain with the presence of the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno. No trace of any state representation. Today, with the confirmation of the presence of SM Philip VI At the closing of the tournament, the ministers and politicians on duty will elbow each other for appearing in the photo on Sunday. Let’s hope they come with the money under their arms that they have denied to the most important women’s sports competition ever held in our country.

Politics aside, the Solheim Cup continued its course with the biggest beating in history in an opening session. Four zero for the United States in the morning foursomes (alternating shots). In the European debacle, only the couples of Celine Boutier-Georgia Hall y Leona Maguire-Anna Nordqvistwho although defeated, at least took their matches until the 18th hole.

The donut brought out the captain’s colors Suzanne Pettersenwho had no choice but to remove the bench, and as expected he brought out Carlotta Ciganda to close the fourballs (best ball) of the afternoon. Never before has a second Solheim session been so decisive after the imposing American dominance.

Then Europe pivoted Leona Maguire y Carlotta Ciganda to break the trend of the competition and win the afternoon session 3-1, a result that reduced the overwhelming score to 5-3 in favor of the North Americans.

Ciganda won along with Lynn Grant a Angel Yin y Ally Ewing. It was the most controlled match in Europe that began with a monumental game by the Spaniard who accumulated three birdies in her first four holes. Gemma Dryburgh and the swedish Madelene Sagström They tied their match against the promise Rose Zhang y Megan Kangand the Danish Emily Pedersen y Maya Stark They got another tie and half a point against Jennifer Kupcho y Alice’s Body, with one of the highlights of the day. Perdersen’s hole-in-one on 12 changed the trend of the match and revolutionized Finca Cortesín in Málaga.

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