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Ending Controversial Row, Nelly Korda Humbly Gives Up Crown to BFF’s Replacement Amid Dominating European Rivals

Published 09/22/2023, 8:57 AM EDT

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The first session came out to be a tremendous shock to the European Solheim Cup team as the American squad absolutely destroyed them in all four foursome matches. And at the center of it all was Nelly Korda who, with her partner on course, soared past her European counterparts, registering a point for the US team.

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Captain Stacy Lewis’ plans came out triumphant as she paired the golfer up with one of her squadmates instead of her best friend on the team, in what was initially nothing short of an intriguing decision. But the 1X major champ, after emerging victorious in her match, was all praise for her American peer as she dubbed her a “clutch” player!

Nelly Korda sings praises of her on-course partner


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The Korda-Allisen Corpuz pair came out all guns blazing in the first session of the foursomes in the biennial event. A total of three birdies combined with two bogeys from their opponents, Leona Maguire and Anna Nordqvist, took them to an easy victory over the European pair.

In an interview post the match, the younger Korda sibling praised her foursome companion and said, “My partner made some really clutch putts,” all the while expressing her admiration for the 2023 US Women’s Open champ. Moreover, she also mentioned how everyone from the US team who played together on the course had good chemistry.


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What’s more, adding to the praise for her on-course teammate, the 8X LPGA Tour winner did not forget to express her approval of her captain’s decision to pair them together. The 2021 Women’s PGA Championship winner pointed out how well the duo was paired while showing her appreciation for Corpuz.

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The decision to pair up Korda and the 25-year-old American golfer, by the skipper, was initially deemed a controversial one by many golf fans. Nevertheless, it turned out to be the right decision as the American team decimated their rivals in the first session.


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‘Missed’ chance turns out good for the US Team

A lot of golf enthusiasts were in the hope of seeing two best friends play against the European team on the golf course. But it did not happen as Megan Khang, Korda’s longtime friend, was paired with the talented Lexi Thompson and both took the first game of the day 2&1. Later, the Korda-Corpuz pair was also able to register a win against their rivals.

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For the first time in the Solheim Cup history, US won all four foursomes. They have got the just the start they wanted. Going forward, Team Europe will be extremely under pressure and now they will need an exceptional performance to stage a comeback.

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Allan Abe


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Allan Abe is a fresh golf writer at EssentiallySports. Tiger Woods was the golfer who inspired him into the sport, and he lives by what the legend once said, "No matter how good your get, you can always get better." Allan extends his love for golf by indulging in a little gaming in his free time, with PGA Tour 2K21 being his go to.
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