Europe retained the Solheim Cup and secured just their second win in the United States on Monday, prevailing 15-13.

The visiting team held a 9-7 lead heading into the final day's action and protected that advantage to see out a stunning success.

Team Europe were comfortable in the end, although victory was sealed in rather untidy fashion in Ohio.

With the score at 14-11, Danielle Kang's poor putting left Emily Pedersen three up with three to play, guaranteed at least half a point, which would be enough for the win.

Matilda Castren had already ensured the holders would take the trophy home again, though, sinking the decisive putt to finish 1 up over Lizette Salas and clinch at least a draw.

Salas has twice finished second at majors this season, while Castren only made her LPGA Tour bow last year, yet it was the European star who held her nerve.

"It feels amazing. I can't believe I made that putt," Castren told Sky Sports. "It's such an amazing feeling and I'm so proud to be part of this team."

Suzann Pettersen had holed the winning putt two years earlier at Gleneagles, and she was a source of inspiration for Castren.

"We have Suzann's photo in the locker room, and there's a part of me that thought I wouldn't be able to do it," she said. "The pressure made me focus a bit more."

First-time Team USA captain Pat Hurst told NBC Sports: "It is what it is. We played hard and with heart. That's all we were asking for.

"Both sides are awesome players. The level of women's golf is unbelievable now, and it's just getting better."

Pedersen held on to beat Kang, while there were also European wins for Madelene Sagstrom, Leona Maguire and Celine Boutier. Maguire finished with a sensational 4.5 points as the only unbeaten player.

World number one Nelly Korda at least went down fighting, ending 1 up over Georgia Hall.

Anna Nordqvist won the Women's Open to land her third major title after a dramatic twist on the famous 18th hole at Carnoustie.

The 34-year-old became the first Swedish golfer since Annika Sorenstam in 2003 to triumph at the tournament, and a par at the last was enough after playing partner and co-leader Nanna Koerstz Madsen finished with a double bogey.

Rather than coming unstuck as the latest victim of the Barry Burn, Madsen found a greenside bunker with her approach and shanked the escape, meaning the Dane was chipping onto the green with her fourth shot. Madsen finished with a double bogey, completing a miserable end to the tournament.

She had led at 13 under when teeing off at 15 but found sand there too and dropped a shot, before slipping from a share of the lead at the last to finish tied for fifth on 10 under, the anticipated play-off not required.

It meant Nordqvist's closing round of three-under-par 69, which took her to 12 under for the tournament, gave her the trophy glory and $870,000 top prize.

Second place on 11 under was shared by three players: Madelene Sagstrom (68), also of Sweden, American Lizette Salas (69) and Britain's Georgia Hall (67).

Sagstrom dropped a shot at 18 long before the drama unfolded with Madsen. Sagstrom was also at the centre of attention on the first hole when her tee shot was grabbed from the fairway and tossed around before being written off as inedible by the guilty party – a local bird.

Nordqvist's husband Kevin McAlpine is a caddie for Martin Laird on the PGA Tour and the couple's paths have rarely crossed in recent months, but he was on hand to witness his wife adding to her 2009 LPGA Championship and 2017 Evian Championship titles.

"I've been waiting for this for a while," said Nordqvist at the trophy presentation. "I haven't won in a couple of years. There have been a lot of downs, a lot of hard times. This makes it feel even sweeter.

"I definitely was wearing out my heartbeats there at the end. I think it's a great finish. The wind died down a little bit but it can play pretty brutal. I think it's been a key that I played those last four really well all week.

"I had my husband Kevin there for me every single year since Evian, since I won last time. I could only dream about winning the British Open.

"My husband's from 20 minutes away from here. I was supposed to get married 20 minutes away from here. So this place is truly special. I've never seen Carnoustie in this great of a shape. I love the fans being back, having an atmosphere, so thank you so much."

She said of her married life: "It's been a tough year for the both of us. We've been on different tours, so prior to Thursday I hadn't seen him for six and a half weeks due to my travel schedule.

"It was really nice to have him here. My caddie's Scottish too and they know a little about links golf so that's been a great experience to have."

The Smyth Salver for the leading amateur went to 21-year-old Louise Duncan, the Scot finishing on seven under after a level-par 72 to finish.

Hall went close to delivering a home champion and wrote on Twitter: "Gutted not to get the win but proud of how I played this week."

A superb third-round 65 saw Anna Nordqvist storm joint top of the leaderboard heading into the final round of the Women's Open.

The Swede shot the best score of the week on Saturday thanks to seven birdies, including at three of the last five holes, to move to nine under par for the championship alongside Norway's Nanna Koerstz Madsen.

Nordqvist, seeking her third major triumph, is even beginning to enjoy the inclement weather at Carnoustie as rain made for a sodden third round.

"I felt like I hit the ball really, really well last week in the hard wind at Dumbarnie in The Scottish Open," she said. "So, it's started to feel like it's come together.

"I feel like the last few weeks have been solid. I just haven't made as many putts or scored as well as I played.

"My caddie just told me to keep patient. In links golf you test your patience and I feel like I've had a great attitude this week.

"I love Carnoustie. I think it's a great venue and I'm just enjoying being back in Scotland."

Madsen is also at nine under after a third round of 68, with Lizette Salas a stroke further back.

There are four women at seven under par including Scottish amateur Louise Duncan, who carded a fine 68 to the delight of the home crowd.

World number one Nelly Korda and Georgia Hall, who held a share of the overnight lead, are at six under par.

Mina Harigae, who was level with Hall after Friday's play, shot a disappointing 76 on Saturday to fall six shots off the lead.

Mina Harigae and Georgia Hall shared the lead after the second round of the Women's Open at Carnoustie.

American Harigae carded a brilliant 67 on Friday to surge up the leaderboard, with three birdies in her first six holes setting up a strong day.

The 31-year-old had missed the cut in four of her seven majors on United Kingdom soil but ensured she would go into the weekend at the summit after a second successive birdie at the formidable 18th.

She sat alongside Hall at seven under par, the Englishwoman having shot a 69 despite a double bogey at the par-four 15th.

"I'm a much better golfer the last 12 months, I've been playing well," Harigae said. "I just feel like I'm in a good place.

"It was definitely a little softer out there and I thought it was a little breezier than when I played yesterday afternoon.

"So I didn't think it was easy conditions, but also I know it can be a lot tougher."

Kim Sei-young, one of the three to share the overnight lead after round one, was just a stroke further back, level with Lizette Salas.

World number one Nelly Korda and Madelene Sagstrom, who had matched Kim at five under on Thursday, each fell three strokes behind the leaders after second-round 73s.

The best round of the day belonged to Megan Khang, who made the cut at one under after a stunning round of 66 that included five birdies from the 11th to the 18th – a spectacular improvement on her opening-round 77.

Nelly Korda, Kim Sei-young and Madelene Sagstrom hold a share of the lead after the first round of the Women's Open.

World number one Korda has already won the Women's PGA Championship and an Olympic gold medal this year and the American set her sights on Open glory following her triumph in Tokyo.

The American made a great start at Carnoustie on Thursday, carding a five-under 67 to sit alongside Kim and Sagstrom at the top of the leaderboard.

Korda went out in 33 courtesy of four birdies and made another four gains in her final six holes, dropping shots at the 12th and 16th. 

Kim dropped just one shot at the 15, having made six birdies in the space of nine holes either side of the turn.

Sagstrom would be out on her own at six under but for a dropped shot at 18 in a round she started with four gains in her opening six holes,

Scot Louise Duncan, winner of the Women's Amateur Championship in June, got under way with an impressive four-under 68 on home soil, while Georgia Hall, Yuka Saso and Andrea Lee are also just one shot off the lead.

Lexi Thompson is well poised on three under along with Carlota Ciganda and Lizette Salas, with Hinako Shibuno and Inbee Park among the players a further stroke back.

Golf lionheart Nelly Korda admits Olympic gold medal success probably will not fully sink in until the end of the season as she turns her focus towards Carnoustie and the Women's Open.

The 23-year-old American has risen to world number one, landed a first major title and now snatched Tokyo 2020 glory in what is proving a stellar year in her young career.

She completed a second successive round of 69 to polish off victory on Saturday at the Kasumigaski Country Club, finishing one clear of Japan's Mone Inami, who won a silver medal play-off, and New Zealand's Lydia Ko.

The demands at the pinnacle of professional golf are such that, though Korda spoke of an "amazing" feeling at being an Olympic champion, she is well aware of what lies ahead for her in the coming weeks.

And so rather than going away to celebrate, Korda will be heading for Scotland on another working trip.

"It's honestly crazy. You're constantly looking ahead for your next event," she said. "One event you finish, and then next it’s like the British or Scottish [Open].

"It never really gets to sink in, in a sense. I'll look back at the season after the season is done but right now there's a lot of big events coming up, but when I do look back it’s just crazy.

“I think every win is special in its own way. I wouldn't say one win is more special or one win is bigger. Each win has a significant meaning to me.

"Obviously this is a huge honour, and it’s amazing to be a gold medallist - to even just be an Olympian and represent your country. You have to be at the top of the top to come to the Games."

Korda's parents, former Czech tennis stars Regina Rajchrtova and Petr Korda, have suggested she possesses the hunger of a queen of the jungle.

Asked about the focus she needed to find in the final round, when a storm delay held up play for 49 minutes in the closing holes, Korda said: "My parents always say that I'm a lion because always since a young age I've always been super determined and super focused on what I want, so I feel it's built inside of me."

Sister Jessica has even suggested Korda already belongs in the "G.O.A.T." - greatest of all time - conversation. Jessica finished outside the medals in a tie for 15th but nobody beat her closing 64 on Saturday.

The Scottish Open begins on Thursday and Korda is not currently listed as competing in that tournament, but she will be in the Women's Open field, with the tournament beginning on August 19.

After winning the Women's PGA Championship and following up in style in Japan this week, Korda will test her game on the Scottish links when Carnoustie stages its second women's major.

Korda had a second-round 62, which was the lowest round of the week, and that paved the way for her Olympic success.

"Safe to say I really enjoyed my first Olympic experience," she said.

Not even a tropical storm could hold back Nelly Korda as the young American star held on for Olympic gold at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

The world number one golfer emerged triumphant from a fierce battle in the final round, winning by a single stroke from Japan's Mone Inami and New Zealand's Lydia Ko.

Inami fired a 65 and was the co-leader at 17 under until she bogeyed the last, finding a greenside bunker with her approach and failing to put the ball close, then missing her 20-foot par putt.

That meant Korda walked down the 18th knowing she was in pole position to take gold, albeit needing to keep an eye on Ko.

Both Korda and Ko found the green safely, each with an outside chance of birdie. Neither could sink that first putt, but Korda left herself a tap-in for the title and made no mistake.

The 23-year-old then was embraced by her sister Jessica, dancing across the green to offer a fond embrace.

Jessica Korda had fired a joint best-of-the-day 64 to finish in a tie for 15th, but it was Nelly's day to triumph.

The champion set herself up for this success with a 62 in round two, and consecutive rounds of 69 on Friday and Saturday took her over the winning line.

Play was briefly suspended with two holes left to complete for the front-runners, as the nearby storm caused a 49-minute delay just while the tension was ramping up.

But fears of a Saturday washout were allayed to ensure the tournament went the distance, and with gold on 17 under going to Korda, Inami took silver in a play-off when Ko bogeyed 18, the first extra hole.

Inami and Ko, who also made 65 in the final round, had finished tied on 16 under, one ahead of India's Aditi Ashok, whose closing 68 was not enough for a medal.

Korda's triumph meant the USA achieved a golf double, with Xander Schauffele having won the men's title.

World number one Nelly Korda carded an opening 67 but Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom holds the lead after the first day of the women's golf event at the Tokyo Olympics.

In sweltering conditions at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, Sagstrom hit a five-under-par score of 66, even though she was frustrated by her long game.

The heat was not easy to deal with for the field, with temperatures topping 36 Celsius. 

Indeed, Lexi Thompson lost her caddie Jack Fulghum due to heatstroke on the back nine of her round.

"I came into the day having a sore throat... and then dealing with my caddie not being able to finish, it's tough," said Thompson, who carded a 72.

"I mean, I was so worried about him. I'm from Florida and I'm still not used to that kind of heat.

"I just hope that he's okay and he gets the hydration he needs and nutrients to go into the next few days. If not I'll figure something else out. I just want him to be healthy."

Sagstrom, meanwhile, said: "I was striking the ball all right but not great. My short game was my saviour."

Korda, who won the Women's PGA Championship in June, acknowledged how she had also found the conditions difficult.

"I think the mental aspect of it is probably the hardest, just because you have to keep yourself hydrated and you kind of lose it a little out there," said the 23-year-old, whose round included six birdies.

"Like when I was teeing up some balls, I definitely felt a little light-headed, but I kept myself in it."

India's 18-year-old hope Aditi Ashok is level with Korda on four under.

Ko Jin-young had to recover from a poor start but rallied with four birdies in the space of five holes on the back nine to tie with Finland's Matilda Castren and Spain's Carlota Ciganda on three under. 

It was a disappointing day for U.S. Open champion Yuka Saso, however, who carded a three-over par 74, a round which included five bogeys.

A record-equalling comeback from Minjee Lee saw the Australian seal her first major title at the Evian Championship on Sunday.

Lee beat Jeongeun Lee in a play-off on the par-five 18th, with the South Korean finding the water to give the 25-year-old three chances to secure victory.

Though she missed her eagle putt, Lee nudged in for a birdie to cap a comeback which matches the previous best in a woman's major.

Lee started the day seven shots off the pace, but carded a brilliant 64 to match Patty Sheehan (at the LPGA in 1983) and her compatriot Karrie Webb (at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco) in the history books.

Her triumph has been one which looked to be coming for some time, with Lee – who birdied four of her last five holes to return to the clubhouse at 18 under par – having come close at the ANA Inspiration and the British Open.

Jeongeun Lee, the 2019 US Open champion, let her lead slip on the front nine, though recovered to have an opportunity to win with an eagle putt, which she failed to take.

American teenager Yealimi Noh missed out on the play-off by a shot, with Japan's Akaya Furue two strokes further back, ahead of Atthaya Thitikul at the Evian Resort Golf Club.

"I never thought about winning while playing, I just tried to make as many birdies as I could, I saw the leaderboard maybe once or twice," a jubilant Lee said.

"I just tried to play to the best of my ability and it’s really great to win a major!"

Lee's triumph came just a couple of weeks after her sister, Min Woo, won the Scottish Open.
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Jeongeun Lee6 extended her lead at the top of the Evian Championship leaderboard to five shots heading into the final round of action.

The South Korean had equalled the record for the lowest round ever played at a major by a man or woman in the second round and carded a three-under 68 at the Evian Resort Golf Club on Saturday.

Lee6 is now on the brink of winning a second major title following her 2019 U.S. Women's Open triumph.

She carded three bogeys in round three, but four birdies along with an eagle at the par-four 11th ensured the 25-year-old remains in a commanding position at the summit at 18 under.

"I'm satisfied with my result today because I did miss some shots a little bit, but I got up and down well," Lee6 said.

"At the 2019 U.S. Women's Open I didn't lead going into the final round, but this tournament I'm leading so it's a little bit different. I'm going to be a little bit nervous."

First-round co-leader Yealimi Noh is outright second after birdying her final three holes for a four-under 67 to reach 13 under, while former world number one Lydia Ko is a shot further back.

Minjee Lee birdied her last four holes to card a joint-low 65, along with Brittany Altomare and Maria Fassi, as the Australian moved into a tie for fourth with Ayaka Furue and Pajaree Anannarukarn.

The chasing pack will require a major slip-up from Lee6 to have any chance of lifting the trophy on Sunday, with five strokes the largest deficit ever overturned at the tournament in France.

Jeongeun Lee6 enjoyed a remarkable round on day two of the Evian Championship as she recorded a 10-under-61 to equal the record for the lowest round ever played at a major by a man or woman to hold the lead heading into the weekend.

Previously, Lee6's South Korean compatriot Kim Hyo-joo was the sole holder of the record, having shot 61 in Evian seven years ago on her way to claiming a first LPGA Tour title.

Having also enjoyed a fine first round of five under – one off overnight leaders Yealimi Noh and Pajaree Anannaukarn – Lee6's 61 on Friday means her score of 127 over 36 holes is the lowest in majors history, surpassing the 128 Brooks Koepka managed at the 2019 PGA Championship.

Lee6 – who adds a number to her name due to the fact five other Jeongeun Lees were on the LPGA Tour when she started – made a solid start that had her two under by the fourth hole after starting on the 10th, and she made it to the turn at four under for the day.

She then picked up another couple of birdies on holes one and four, but it was the final four where she truly came into her own.

Lee6 rattled off four birdies in succession, including a 16-foot putt on the last hole that remarkably showed no hint of nervousness despite the gravity of the achievement it confirmed.

Even with the historic nature of her feat, Lee was reserved at the end as she said: "I try to keep it on the fairway and keep it on the green and I focused on putting speed. That's it.

"I had a lot of birdie chances. I could play easily. My putting was really, really good, so, yeah, that's it."

Nevertheless, Lee6 is not so far clear that she cannot worry about those chasing her, as Anannarukarn enjoyed another impressive day to sit tied for second with Ariya Jutanugarn on 12 under – the latter's 63 was bettered only by Lee6.

Yealimi Noh showcased her potential as the LPGA-newcomer shot six under par on the opening round of the Evian Championship to hold a share of the lead heading into day two.

The 19-year-old set herself up brilliantly on the very first hole, holing out from some 126 yards for a confidence-boosting eagle.

Noh only officially joined the tour last year and her record at the highest level had been rather up-and-down, having been fined for slow play in a tournament as recently as March, before then finishing tied for third at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational last week.

It was certainly more of the latter that she evoked on Thursday, as she reached the turn at three under – her eagle and two birdies only impacted by a single bogey.

But that five on the par-four fourth hole would be the only time Noh failed to at least make par on the day, as she carded three birdies on the back nine to record a 2021-low of 65.

And she felt that opening eagle gave her a psychological edge after the early bogey.

"I wasn't making a few putts after the turn," Noh said. "After pars, it was bogey, and I was like, 'oh, what the heck, you had an eagle!'

"I think it's the first time I've ever done that. I was just like, what? Like OK. It was really cool."

Nevertheless, Noh is not alone at the top of the leaderboard, as Pajaree Anannarukarn matched her six-under 65, which was the best she had ever managed in a single round at a major.

A group of five are a shot further back, while Sarah Kemp and previous major winners Ariya Jutanugarn and Kim Hyo-joo find themselves on four under, certainly within reach of the top with a positive second round.

However, world number one Nelly Korda is seemingly already out of contention after finishing the day three over par.

Nelly Korda broke through for her maiden major title, winning the Women's PGA Championship as she became the LPGA Tour's new world number one.

American golfer Korda claimed a three-stroke victory thanks to Sunday's four-under-par 68 at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia.

Korda was tied for the lead alongside eventual runner-up Lizette Salas (71) heading into the final round, but she moved clear of her countrywoman courtesy of two eagles, two birdies and just one bogey.

The 22-year-old Korda is now a six-time LPGA Tour champion following three wins in 2021.

"I just played really well this week. I had a great week last week, and carried the momentum through to this week," Korda said after finishing 19 under through 72 holes.

"I've put in a lot of work. To finally get three wins under my belt and to get a major, I don't even have words, honestly. This is something I've worked for since I was 14.

"To finally get it done here in Atlanta with such an amazing crowd, it's really special. I have an amazing caddy, so shout out to Jason [McDede]. I tried to keep a level head, and keep it one shot at a time."

Kim Hyo-joo (68) and Giulia Molinaro (72) finished nine shots off the pace, while three-time winner Inbee Park (73) had to settled for a share of 40th position at one over.

The Women's PGA Championship is a two-way battle ahead of the final day with Lizette Salas and Nelly Korda equal leaders and five strokes ahead.

The American pair are both 15-under, after 31-year-old Salas carded a five-under-67 on Saturday, to pull level with world number three Korda at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Korda, 22, carded a bogey-free four-under 68, to follow her excellent 63 on Friday, having won last week's Meijer LPGA Classic.

Former British Open runner-up Salas had six birdies on her front nine, as she carded 67 for the third consecutive day in her pursuit of her maiden major title.

Thailand's 12th-ranked Patty Tavatanakit finished a round-best seven-under-65 to move into a tie for second.

Tavatanakit is 10-under after three rounds, equal with Giulia Molinaro and Celine Boutier.

World number two Inbee Park slipped out of contention, having started the day at five-under before a five-over-77 left her well off the pace.

Yuka Saso, who won the U.S. Women's Open earlier this month, carded a three-over 75 and is also well behind.

Nelly Korda reeled off six successive birdies to hit the front at the Women's PGA Championship after the second round.

Korda was red-hot at Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia, where the American golfer used a birdie binge to claim a one-stroke lead on Friday.

A five-time LPGA Tour champion, Korda had consecutive birdies from the fourth to the ninth hole as she tied the Women's PGA Championship 18-hole scoring record.

"I don't know, I guess I just blacked out, out there," Korda said afterwards as she became only the third professional to card a 63 at Atlanta Athletic Club, joining Steve Stricker and Mark O'Meara.

Korda – eyeing her maiden major title – is 11 under through 36 holes, a shot better off than Lizette Salas (67).

Salas, who was the overnight leader, posted consecutive 67s to remain bogey-free heading into the weekend.

Three-time PGA Championship winner Inbee Park (68) is six shots off the pace in a tie for seventh, while defending champion Kim Sei-young (69) bounced back from a forgettable 76 to avoid the cut.

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