Pat Hurst and Catriona Matthew reveal their pairings for the morning foursomes, as the 17th Solheim Cup gets underway on Saturday.
Solheim Cup - Day 1 Foursomes Pairings Revealed
12:35PM (BST): Anna Nordqvist/Matilda Castren (EUR) vs. Danielle Kang/Austin Ernst (USA)
12:47PM: Celine Boutier/Georgia Hall (EUR) vs. Ally Ewing/Megan Khang (USA)
12:59PM: Mel Reid/Leona Maguire (EUR) vs. Nelly Korda/Jessica Korda (USA)
13:11PM: Charley Hull/Emily K. Pedersen (EUR) vs. Lexi Thompson/Brittany Altomare (USA)
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Related: Team USA (opens in new tab)
Nordqvist, who is making her seventh appearance at the event, will be partnered with rookie, Castren, who won her first LPGA event this year and then went on to win on the Ladies European Tour to earn Tour status and qualify for Solheim consideration.
Danielle Kang (opens in new tab), who will be making her third appearance, and Austin Ernst (opens in new tab), who will be making her second, have both been part of Solheim Cup sides, but have never been paired together.
The duo do have some experience of this course though; last year, Kang won the Drive On Championship which was played at Inverness Club.
Match 2 sees arguably team Europe's most dangerous pairing, with Celine Boutier (opens in new tab) and Georgia Hall (opens in new tab) recording a perfect 3-0 record in 2019 (with two wins in foursomes).
Captain Catriona Matthew said on Friday, “That was an obvious one, that we were going to certainly try out and put out again, this time.” Hall is 4-0 in her Solheim career in this format. Boutier is making her second appearance.
The American pairing sees Ally Ewing (opens in new tab) and Megan Khang (opens in new tab) paired together. This may come as a slight shock considering the duo were both part of the ’19 squad, with Ewing going 0-1 in foursomes and Khang 0-2.
Mel Reid (opens in new tab), who is making her fourth appearance in this event, partners debutant Leona Maguire (opens in new tab), who is the first player from Ireland to represent Team Europe in the Solheim Cup.
Maguire has featured in a few Junior Solheim Cups, with Reid holding a 2-2-1 record in Solheim Cup foursomes.
Their opponents will be America's strongest pairing, with the Korda sisters (Nelly (opens in new tab) & Jessica (opens in new tab)) teaming up for the second consecutive year after forming a formidable partnership in 2019.
At Gleneagles, the pair won their foursomes matches 6&4 and 6&5, with the sisters looking to replicate that at the Inverness Club.
Hull, who is making her fifth appearance, has a great record in the foursomes, winning four and losing just one. Pedersen, on the other hand, is making her second appearance, and lost 5&3 in the 2017 foursomes; she was paired with Mel Reid that day.
Paired together at Gleneagles in 2019, the duo lost 2&1 to Hull and Boutier. However, Thompson does have a 2-1-1 record in this format.
With the pairings decided, Europe will feature two of their rookies, with team USA not featuring any of their three just yet.
So what did the captains have to say? Well, Matthew said this about the pairings: "I think a lot of thought goes into it. Myself and my vice captains, we bounced ideas off each other, asked the players their opinions, and I think between the four of us, we all agreed 100 percent that this was our best looking line-up for the first morning."
Team America's captain, Hurst, said: "We feel very confident with who we're putting out right now, so there's going to be some great matches."
Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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