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Anna Nordqvist nails historic hole-in-one in Solheim Cup

Updated: Saturday, 17 Aug 2013 23:43 | Comments

Anna Nordqvist celebrates her historic feat on the 17th hole at Colorado Golf Club
Anna Nordqvist celebrates her historic feat on the 17th hole at Colorado Golf Club

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist made history on the second day of the Solheim Cup but Europe were unable to enjoy it too much as America closed to within a point of the lead in Colorado after a thrilling fourballs session.

Twenty-six-year-old Swede Nordqvist teed off on the 17th hole alongside partner Caroline Hedwall, with the duo one up against Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda.

She promptly drained the first hole-in-one in the history of the tournament to put Europe 6-3 up overall, but with Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer taking a nailbiter for the home side, and Michelle Wie holding her nerve to take another match, that soon became 6-5.

It was left then to Catriona Matthew to land a nervy final-hole putt to share a point with Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas to keep Europe just ahead.

Nordqvist's story was the headline, though, especially after she and Hedwall had been a shot down with five to play before their late brilliance.

It had appeared as though their performance had echoed down to Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher too, with the duo pegging back Lewis and Creamer having trailed by four as they started the 11th.

They levelled going into the last but carded a horror six on the par-four and watched their rivals take the match with a birdie three.

That made it 6-4 and when Wie held it together to sink a winning putt when paired with Brittany Lang against Suzan Pettersen and Beatriz Recari - the latter had spurned a putt to take the match to the final hole.

It had looked at that stage as though America would level at 6-6, but Matthew kept it together to keep a share of the final game of the morning.

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