Europe lead US going into Solheim Cup final singles

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Leona Maguire and Mel Reid
Leona Maguire and Mel Reid halved their fourballs match in a dramatic finish on the 18th green
Date: 4-6 September Venue: Inverness Golf Club, Toledo, Ohio
Coverage: Live text commentary on BBC Sport website from 12:30 BST on Saturday and Sunday, from 16:00 on Monday plus hour-long highlights show on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and online.

Europe held off a United States fight back to take a 9-7 lead into Monday’s Solheim Cup singles matches in Ohio.

Yealimi Noh and Mina Harigae briefly drew the US level at 6½-6½ with a 2&1 win over Celine Boutier and Sophia Popov in Sunday’s fourballs.

But the Europeans, who at one stage trailed in all four matches, rallied.

Carlota Ciganda and Nanna Koerstz Madsen, and Charley Hull and Emily Pedersen won, while Mel Reid and Leona Maguire halved their match on the 18th.

It made for compelling viewing with the hosts seemingly well placed before the momentum shifted back towards Catriona Matthew’s defending champions, who had taken a slender 6½-5½ advantage into the fourballs.

The US team had earlier won three of Sunday’s foursomes, recovering well after Europe’s burgeoning partnership of the experienced Reid and rookie Maguire crushed Nelly Korda and Ally Ewing 5&4.

While Reid and Maguire brushed off a rare moment of Korda brilliance – on the 13th when she holed a sensational putt for eagle – to record a resounding victory, the momentum in the other matches all shifted in the hosts’ favour.

Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst beat Georgia Hall and Madelene Sagstrom on the 18th after the English player was unable to hole a 20-foot birdie putt.

The European pair had been two up after birdies on the opening two holes, but in a rollercoaster encounter, lost the fourth, sixth and seventh to fall behind before regaining the initiative and losing it again.

Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare’s win was similarly tight, with the lead changing hands twice before the Americans finally wrapped up the match.

Throughout her career, Thompson has been susceptible to missing short putts and she again faltered from inside six feet on Sunday but she holed a 35-footer for a winning birdie on the penultimate hole.

Lizette Salas and Jennifer Kupcho won four holes on the trot to also triumph on 17.

World number one Nelly Korda was uncharacteristically out of sorts all morning – thinning a fairway bunker shot into a stream, chunking a wedge shot just 15 yards, under-hitting a chip from greenside rough and missing several putts – so it was no surprise to see that US captain Pat Hurst elected to rest her star player for Sunday afternoon’s fourballs.

But that is not to take anything away from the performance of Reid and her rookie partner Maguire, who recorded her third win from three matches.

And it was equally no surprise to see Reid and Maguire sent out again for the fourballs by Europe Catriona Matthew.

More to follow.

Solheim Cup Sunday foursomes scores