Europe lead USA, but Solheim Cup’s opening day is marred by slow play

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• Home side a point ahead after foursomes and fourballs
• USA’s Lizette Salas warned for pace of her play at Gleneagles

A 100-year-old woman earned social media stardom having impressed professionals with a few swings at this weekend’s Dutch Open on the European Tour. The joke goes that Susan Hosang was enjoying her 60s as the 16th Solheim Cup got under way at Gleneagles.

A successful opening day for Europe was overshadowed by a curse of modern golf: slow play. The matter was particularly stark during afternoon fourballs as the maiden match took five and a quarter hours until conclusion on the 16th green. Lizette Salas was singled out for a warning by officials but the unwillingness of those presiding over events to implement proper penalties is as recurring a theme as it is a depressing one. Salas did not appear any worse than many others.

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Written by Ewan Murray at Gleneagles
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/sep/13/europe-lead-usa-solheim-cup-marred-slow-play under the title “Europe lead USA, but Solheim Cup’s opening day is marred by slow play”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.