The United States of America came fighting back against Great Britain and Ireland as they cut their overnight deficit to just one point following the conclusion of the morning foursomes on day two of the 41st Curtis Cup.
GB&I held a three point advantage following the opening day in Conwy as they led 4 ½ to 1 1/2 , however two wins and a halve in this morning’s foursomes for the US sees the score sitting at 5-4.
USA come out firing
In a repeat of yesterday morning’s foursome line-up, Rachel Heck and Rose Zhang went head-to-head with Louise Duncan and Hannah Darling with the US team winning 3&2 to close the home team’s overnight lead.
The World Number 1 and 2 went ahead on the second hole with a par following a bogey from the GB&I pair. The American duo were in control of the match from that point forward.
An excellent 30ft uphill birdie putt from Heck on the 16th was enough to secure the point for Sarah Ingram’s team.
‘’We played some great golf out there, so did they. We expected nothing less, they're great players. It was a hard fought match, but we stayed patient. The back nine, we finally got things going, started rolling in some putts,’’ said Heck.
‘’That was a fun way to cap off that match, we haven't had a really long one fall yet, so I think that was a good time to do it.’’ The world number two added.
World number one Rose Zhang remains the only unbeaten player in this year’s Curtis Cup heading into the afternoon foursomes with two and a half points now to her name
‘’Actually, we didn't really do much different (from yesterday), we had the same mentality, and got some good shots going. In the match yesterday we managed to get it to all square even with some sprayed shots, so it was just great in general, we really fed off each other,’’ said Zhang.
Revenge for US Pair
USA pair Rachel Kuehn and Emilia Migliaccio got one over GB&I’s Annabell Fuller and Charlotte Heath as they defeated the English duo 3&2. On the opening day foursomes it was the English pair of who got the better of the same opponents.
The match was up and down through the front nine but the Americans turned the screws on the 13th hole with a birdie to go 1-up, continuing on as the Americans put the second point of the day on board for their team.
‘’We played great, kept the ball in play and hit our fairways. We hit our irons great and putted well. We hit some good putts that didn't fall early, and then they started to fall on the back.,’ said Kuehn.
‘’We weren't sure who our captain was going to put for the pairings, and when Rachel (Kuehn) and I saw we were out together playing the same people, we were ready to go.
“Yesterday morning we kind of didn't quite get the momentum our way, a couple balls out of position, but today we were always in position, that was really important for us today,’’ said Migliaccio.
Pairings share the spoils
The final foursome of the morning saw the match between GB&I’s Caley McGinty and Emily Toy against Jensen Castle and Brooke Matthews finish all square.
Team USA have begun their fightback in impressive style as a strong performance in Friday morning's foursomes brings the score to Team GB&I 5-4 Team USA heading into this afternoon👊 #CurtisCup pic.twitter.com/uV69GMJNpB— The Curtis Cup (@CurtisCup) August 27, 2021
In a very close up and down encounter, both teams found themselves in front at different stages, but a pair of bogeys on the par-5 18th saw the match finish all square, the only point contribution for Elaine Ratcliffe’s team in the day two morning foursomes.
‘’It was a great match, they played super great. Brooke (Matthews) and I just focused on basically staying in the moment, and enjoying each other. We just met each other, so just getting to know each other a little more.’’ Said Castle.
‘’I think it was a fair result, to be honest, it was up and down all the way. Obviously, we didn't play the last as well as we could have, but I think overall it was probably a fair result for both teams,’’ said Toy.
A brilliant birdie putt on the par 4 14th from just off the side of the green saw Toy make several momentum shifting putts in the final pairing of the morning’s foursomes.
‘’Putts like that just keep the momentum going, and we ended up winning the next hole as well so it's cumulative, it was important to make that putt and take that momentum for the last five, six holes there,’’ Toy added.