Nelly Korda, Allisen Corpuz help U.S. keep Solheim Cup lead

by Joanne Miller

Nelly Korda and Allisen Corpuz Shine in Solheim Cup Foursomes

The Solheim Cup, one of the most prestigious events in women’s golf, is currently underway at Finca Cortesin in Andalucia, Spain. The tournament brings together the best female golfers from Europe and the United States, competing in a team format over three days. While the players battle for glory, one thing that has caught the attention of fans and experts alike is the impressive performance of Nelly Korda and her partner, Allisen Corpuz, in the foursomes matches.

Nelly Korda, known for her steady play and strong mental game, has been a key player for the United States in the Solheim Cup in recent years. In the 2019 and 2021 editions of the tournament, she teamed up with her older sister, Jessica Korda, and the duo proved to be a formidable force, winning two out of three foursomes matches. However, with Jessica absent this year due to a back injury and her pregnancy, Nelly had to find a new partner for the alternate-shot format.

Enter Allisen Corpuz, a rising star in women’s golf. Corpuz claimed her first LPGA Tour victory earlier this year by winning the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach. Despite being a rookie in the Solheim Cup, Corpuz has shown great composure and skill, thanks in part to having Nelly Korda by her side.

In the current edition of the tournament, Korda and Corpuz have been in outstanding form. They secured a convincing 5-and-3 victory over Georgia Hall of England and Celine Boutier of France in their Saturday morning match, contributing to the United States’ 7-5 lead over Europe. This win marked their second consecutive victory in the tournament, demonstrating their synergy and ability to work together effectively on the golf course.

Following their win, Korda praised her partnership with Corpuz, stating, “Allisen and I just played really well the past two days. I think we just bonded really well on the golf course. We didn’t make too many mistakes, especially today, and we rolled in a lot of putts.” Korda’s calm demeanor and experience have also helped Corpuz settle into the high-pressure atmosphere of the Solheim Cup.

While Korda and Corpuz have been shining for the United States, the European team is not to be underestimated. Denmark’s Emily K. Pedersen and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda secured the first point for Europe in the Saturday morning session by defeating Lilia Vu and Jennifer Kupcho 2 and 1. However, the United States quickly regained momentum as Lexi Thompson and Megan Khang pulled off a 1-up victory against Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and Leona Maguire of Ireland.

As the competition intensifies, both teams remain focused on securing victory in the Solheim Cup. The United States currently holds a narrow lead, but the Europeans are determined to make a comeback. Carlota Ciganda of Team Europe emphasized the importance of playing their best golf, stating, “We can do this, but we have to play good golf and we have to be very present, and hopefully that’s enough.”

The Solheim Cup continues with four four-ball matches on Saturday afternoon, followed by 12 head-to-head singles matches on Sunday. Europe will retain the Cup if they reach 14 points, while the United States will need 14½ points to reclaim the title. As the stakes get higher, fans around the world eagerly await the thrilling conclusion of this remarkable tournament.

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