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    Heralded sisters struggling to find Solheim Cup points

    Toledo, Ohio — These events, whether it’s the Solheim Cup or the Ryder Cup, always carry a pre-tournament narrative. And, too often, the narrative is blown to smithereens.

    Take this week at Inverness Club, where it was supposed to be the Korda Show — featuring the sisters Nelly, No. 1 in the world, and Jessica, ranked 18th.

    But after Sunday’s second day in northwest Ohio, the Kordas have just won win between them, as Team USA trails Team Europe, 9-7, entering Monday’s closing session of singles matches. Nelly Korda is 1-2, and Jessica Korda is 0-2. Two years ago at Gleneagles in Scotland, they were a combined 6-0-2, which led to sky-high expectations for the heavily favored Americans entering this week’s installment.

    Team USA's Jessica Korda lines up a putt on the 16th hole.

    “I don’t have any worries about them,” Team USA captain Pat Hurst said Sunday.

    “They played well. Like yesterday, they played well. They could have went either way.”

    It’s true. The record doesn’t necessarily tell the story of how they have played.

    The Kordas played together in the opening session, Saturday’s alternate shot, and ran into the buzz saw that is Team Europe’s Mel Reid and Leona Maguire. The match went to the 18th hole, where Europe held on for the 1-up victory. The Kordas rallied from down two holes early to take the match the distance.

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