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The first tee at the Solheim Cup is one of the best scenes in all of sports

September 04, 2021

Gregory Shamus

There’s nothing quite like it in golf. The first tee at the Solheim Cup is loud, it’s packed, it’s passionate, it’s not your normal tournament. The Solheim Cup has its own form of etiquette on the first tee: Instead of quiet fans, if you ask them for noise, you’ll get it. Danielle Kang loved the energy of the crowd from her first Solheim Cup back in 2017. True to form, she was hyping the crowd up again on Saturday at Inverness as she teed off in the first match with her partner, Austin Ernst. They took on newly crowned AIG Women’s Open winner Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren in foursomes.

The crowds are supposed to be big in Toledo over Labor Day weekend, with organizers estimating 150,000 fans will be in attendance. If the first tee is any indication, that number seems to be holding true.

The morning foursomes matches went well for Team Europe, the defending champions. They won three of their matches, and tied the fourth. Each win was close, with Team Europe winning them all 1 up. Team USA is looking to make up ground in the afternoon fourball matches. The home crowd will certainly be cheering for a comeback.