When American Linn Maguire walked onto the first tee in Colorado Springs for the Solheim Cup’s first singles match with Canada’s Brooke Henderson on Saturday, some 17,000 people stood and cheered her on. Maguire stunned the golf world by winning the match and establishing a 1-0 record for the United States. She was tied for the highest point total of all 54 players in the Solheim Cup. She also, famously, ended up in an extremely awkward and lingering hug with Canada’s Mel Reid.
Maguire was the last player left off the Internationals’ lineup and the winner of PGA Rookie of the Year and the U.S. State Women’s Championship last year. The eldest of four siblings (Maguire’s mom and dad play golf), she grew up watching Solheim Cup singles matches on TV and quickly learned that she wasn’t going to be one of those lost-in-the-fog.
“I saw that group at home,” Maguire said on the phone earlier this week. “I was an avid fan. I knew that they were gonna win but I didn’t know if they were ever going to hit me or not.”
So to be totally honest, Maguire expected that the Internationals might have a surprise up their sleeve and that she was ready. This is her first time playing golf on American soil so any spoils were to be decided in a singles match. But she didn’t expect it to take this long.