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Americans Called Out For 'Cheating' After Controversial Solheim Cup Incident

Americans Called Out For 'Cheating' After Controversial Solheim Cup Incident

This year's Solheim Cup has been receiving plenty of attention in this part of the world, with Leona Maguire's tearing it up on the first day of action.

The first Irishwoman to take part in the event, it did not take long for the Cavan native to acclimated to what was expected of her.

Maguire would win in each of her opening two matches in Toledo, including sinking this putt to seal the win over Nelly and Jessica Korda in her first outing.

However, the main story of the day came during another incident Nelly Korda.

The current world number one was playing alongside Ally Ewing when a controversial refereeing decision went in their favour.

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Korda's eagle putt on the 13th went just beyond the hole, with the European's picking the ball up in order to show that they weren't forcing their opponent to take the next shot, as is custom in matchplay situations.

However, golfing rules state that players are entitled to leave their ball dangling over the hole for ten seconds to see if it goes in. On this occasion, it was only left there for seven seconds before being moved.

The American team complained as a result, despite the fact there was no chance that the ball would actually go in. The referee sided with them, meaning Korda was given the eagle.

You can watch the incident below.

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Despite pleading their case with the official, it was decided that the putt would be given.

To compound matters for the Europe, the Americans would win this match on the 18th hole to secure the first win of the day for their team.

Many felt this incident was very poor sportsmanship from the American side, taking advantage of a relatively obscure rule despite the fact that the ball had no chance of going in.

This should set things up for the final couple of days of action.

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Gary Connaughton

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