In a rematch of the opening singles match of the 2017 Solheim Cup, Lexi Thompson and Anna Nordqvist again gave the fans 18 holes of entertainment and golfing prowess. The back-and-forth affair, which saw neither player earn more than a 1-up advantage, ended in a tie.
Nordqvist, the 2021 AIG Women’s Open champion, drew first blood with a birdie at No. 2 and held the advantage for much of the front nine. Thompson tied the match with a birdie at No. 8 and took her first 1-up lead with a second birdie at No. 9. Nordqvist again evened the match with a birdie at No. 12.
The tall Swede missed a 3-footer that would have won the hole at No. 14, but with both players in tight on 15, Thompson missed her own 3-footer to tie. That gave Nordqvist her first 1-up lead since No. 7. Yet again, Thompson drained another birdie to tie. The match ultimately went to the 18th green, where both players scared the hole with long birdie putts that were conceded for the half point apiece.
“It's always a great match going up against Anna. I got to play against her I think the first day, and she's just an amazing player, just so steady. Especially right now, she's just rolling in putts,” said Thompson of the rematch. “She might have missed a few on the back nine, but just a great ball striker and I knew I had to play my A game and shoot a few under.”
“We both played so good today. I wish I could have made a few more putts. I felt like I rolled the putter good. I thought it was in on the last,” Nordqvist added. “But I mean, you can't ask for anything more, her playing good, me playing good. It's not easy out there.”