Solheim Cup: Rose Zhang trounced by LPGA fan favorite Leona Maguire

by Joanne Miller

Team Europe started strong on the final day of the Solheim Cup, scoring the first point as Leona Maguire defeated Rose Zhang. Maguire’s stellar performance showcased her determination and skill, solidifying her position as a key member of the European team.

Maguire’s victory over Zhang was a testament to her resilience and competitive spirit. Playing in her second Solheim Cup, Maguire has played in all five rounds in each of her appearances. This consistency and commitment were evident in her impressive win.

The Irishwoman made five birdies and an eagle to secure the victory in just 15 holes. Her eagle putt on the par-4 14th hole was particularly noteworthy, as it dashed any hopes of a comeback from Zhang, who was already in for a birdie. Maguire’s near 60-foot putt showcased her skill and contributed to her dominant performance.

Zhang started strong, taking an early lead on the first hole. However, this seemed to ignite Maguire, who quickly turned the tables on her opponent. Maguire won the par-5 2nd and par-3 3rd holes, taking the lead. Throughout the match, Maguire maintained relentless pressure on Zhang, ultimately winning four of the next five holes to go 4UP. Their match concluded with both players paring the par-4 15th hole, securing Maguire’s victory.

Team Europe has shown remarkable resilience throughout the tournament, staging a comeback after initially trailing 4-0. Their strong performance in the fourball play on both Friday and Saturday helped square the match heading into the singles. Maguire’s win further contributed to the team’s momentum and set the stage for an exciting finish to the tournament.

While Zhang may have suffered a defeat, her teammates rallied to pick up the slack. Megan Khang secured a 1-UP victory over Linn Grant, and Danielle Kang defeated Charley Hull 4 & 2 shortly after Maguire’s triumph. Anna Nordqvist’s win against Jennifer Kupcho leveled the tournament once again at 10-10.

As there are still eight matches left to be played, the competition remains tight. Team USA hopes to end their losing streak, while Team Europe aims to secure their third consecutive Solheim Cup victory. As the suspense builds, golf enthusiasts eagerly await the outcome of these remaining matches.

Savannah Leigh Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through, providing comprehensive coverage of the sport. For more golf news and analysis, you can follow her on Twitter @SportsGirlSL and on Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports. Don’t forget to check out @_PlayingThrough for additional golf content.

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