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Solheim Cup format changes

Solheim Cup captains Beth Daniel of the U.S. and Alison Nicholas of Europe have agreed to switch the playing format for the first two days of this year’s edition in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

The opening session on both days will now feature fourballs, where each team member plays her own ball, followed by foursomes (alternate shot) in the afternoon, the LPGA said on Tuesday.

“I always felt as a player that we would see better golf if you played your own ball in the morning and then played alternate shot in the afternoon,” Daniel said in a statement.

“As a captain, you see more golf out of your players in the morning to help you make your picks in the afternoon. Another positive is that fans on the first tee in the morning see four players tee off in a group instead of just two.”

Foursomes matches involve two-woman teams, with each playing one ball. The players take alternate shots until the hole is completed.

“The host captain has the choice of whether to play the foursomes or fourball first but in fact, switching the order has been considered by the European side before,” Nicholas said. “We are all happy with the decision that has been made.”

The 11th Solheim Cup will be played at Rich Harvest Farms from Aug. 21-23 when Europe, beaten 16-12 in Sweden in 2007, will be looking for their first win on U.S. soil in the biennial competition.

The Americans lead 7-3 in the series, which is the women’s equivalent of the men’s Ryder Cup where the top players from the United States face those of Europe.


April 29, 2009

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