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Day 3 - USA storms into Solheim victory

September 20, 2015
The Solheim Cup 2015, Day 3.

America produced a storming finish to beat Europe and record their first Solheim Cup victory since 2009.

Juli Inkster’s battling team started the last afternoon at St Leon-Rot four points adrift of the Europeans but in the end they rose to the occasion by securing 8 ½ points out of 12 in the singles to complete the unlikeliest of 14 ½ – 13 ½ comeback wins.

The performance doubled the best previous comeback record achieved by America in both 1996 and 2002, when they came from two points behind.

Europe started the singles needing just 4 ½ points to claim their third successive Solheim Cup victory and their quest started promisingly enough when Karine Icher beat Brittany Lincicome 3 & 2 in the first match to finish. Carlota Ciganda then earned another half point in a match against Lexi Thompson in which the two players shared 14 birdies before Morgan Pressel secured America’s first point of the afternoon when she beat Catriona Matthew by two holes to end the Scot’s hundred percent record in the tournament.

“It feels great to finish and get the first point for Europe,” said Icher. “We need three more so I’m going to go back immediately to cheer on my friends.

“It’s tough,” added the French woman.” It’s a great golf course and they are such good players. They play well and they drive far. They are very hard to beat.”

“It was a great match,” confirmed Ciganda, whose halve against Thompson took her personal tally to two points out of four for the week. “I knew I had to play well against Lexi. She has been playing well the whole week. A half is a good result.”

Mel Reid had claimed two and a half points out of three in the foursomes and fourballs and she was the next to add another blue number to the scoreboard when she birdied the 17th to beat Brittany Lang 2 & 1. At that stage there was no hint of what was to follow and she was in jubilant mood when she spoke to the press.

“This is huge,” said Reid. “I’m so proud of what I’ve done. I’m a big fan of Brittany. She’s a lovely girl but I had to put that aside. She’s a great competitor so I’m very happy to get that point on the board for us.”

Gwladys Nocera had played in only one of the previous four foursomes and fourball series and in the singles she ran into the in-form rookie, Alison Lee, who had been at the centre of the Rules controversy in the morning but who bounced back in admirable style to record six birdies on her way to beating the Frenchwoman by two holes.

At this stage, Europe needed a mere point and a half to retain the trophy, but the Americans were looking very strong in the last matches on the course and they moved to within three points of the home team when Michelle Wie carded eight birdies on her way to beating Caroline Hedwall by 6 & 4. Two years ago, Hedwall became the first player in Solheim Cup history to win all five matches but this time she came nowhere near replicating that form with just one point in four outings.

Anna Nordqvist eased a fraction of the pressure on the home team when she beat Stacy Lewis by 2 & 1 to take Europe to a total of 13 ½ points and within half a point of retaining the trophy but Gerina Piller and Lizette Salas then beat Caroline Masson and Azahara Munoz to mean that the visitors had moved to just one point behind the hosts.

There were now just three matches to be decided and all three were being led by the Americans. Cristie Kerr was the next to put a red number on the board after firing nine birdies in 11 holes to beat Charley Hull by 3 & 2 and end the English teenager’s hopes of winning all five of her matches in the series.

That took the Americans to within two points of victory and both Angela Stanford and Paula Creamer were dormie up against Suzann Pettersen and Sandra Gal. Stanford had lost all nine of her most recent Solheim Cup appearances but she took the total to 13 ½ – 13 ½ before it was left to captain’s pick Paula Creamer to complete the most unlikely of comeback victories when she beat Sandra Gal by 4 & 3.

“This is just amazing,” said US captain, Juli Inkster. “I can’t describe the difference in my emotions of this morning to the emotions of this afternoon. My team played so damned good out there. They just never gave up. It was unbelievable.

“I just loved my line-up. I loved the way they stacked up today. I just have so many people I have to thank. It’s a great feeling.”

“You know what, I was on them all week,” Inkster added. “You’ve got to play with heart. You’ve got to play with fire in your belly. Never give up. I saw a real team out there today. It didn’t look good early, but they hung in there. A lot of two downs got to evens and then to plus one.”

The US captain reserved special praise for Stanford who had been in the spotlight all week after her run of defeats.

“Angela deserved that (her win against Pettersen). She played pretty good (earlier) this week but didn’t get a point. I know everyone was on her because of her record but she wanted it today and she played awesome.”

“It’s unbelievable,” said European captain Carin Koch. “There were a few putts that could have gone in that went the other way a few times today. But it was very exciting.”

RESULTS:
(Europe first)

Friday 18th September
Foursomes:

Anna Nordqvist and Suzann Pettersen lost to Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer 3&2
Charley Hull and Melissa Reid beat Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome 2&1
Karine Icher and Azahara Munoz lost to Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson 2&1
Sandra Gal and Catriona Matthew beat Stacy Lewis and Lizette Salas 3&2

Europe 2 USA 2

Fourballs:
*Play was suspended due to darkness on Friday evening and the last two matches finished on Saturday morning.
Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall beat Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer 4&3
Charley Hull and Gwladys Nocera beat Alison Lee and Angela Stanford 3&2
Melissa Reid and Carlota Ciganda halved with Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson
Caroline Masson and Sandra Gal halved with Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang

Europe 3 USA 1
Cumulative Results: Europe 5 USA 3

Saturday 19th September
Foursomes:

Melissa Reid and Carlota Ciganda beat Alison Lee and Michelle Wie 4&3
Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen beat Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel 1 hole
Sandra Gal and Catriona Matthew beat Angela Stanford and Brittany Lincicome 1 hole
Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall lost to Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller 5&4

Europe 3 USA 1
Cumulative Results: Europe 8 USA 4

Fourballs:
*Play was suspended due to darkness on Saturday evening and the last three matches finished on Sunday morning.
Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda lost to Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr 3&2
Karine Icher and Catriona Matthew beat Lizette Salas and Brittany Lang 2&1
Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull beat Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome 2 holes
Caroline Masson and Caroline Hedwall lost to Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller 1 hole

Europe 2 USA 2
Cumulative Results: Europe 10 USA 6

Sunday 20th September
Singles:

Carlota Ciganda halved with Lexi Thompson
Catriona Matthew lost to Morgan Pressel 2 holes
Karine Icher beat Brittany Lincicome 3&2
Melissa Reid beat Brittany Lang 3&2
Gwladys Nocera lost to Alison Lee 3&1
Caroline Masson lost to Gerina Piller 1 up
Anna Nordqvist beat Stacy Lewis 2&1
Azahara Munoz lost to Lizette Salas 3&1
Suzann Pettersen lost to Angela Stanford 2&1
Charley Hull lost to Cristie Kerr 3&2
Caroline Hedwall lost to Michelle Wie 6&4
Sandra Gal lost to Paula Creamer 4&3

Europe 3 ½ USA 8 ½
Cumulative Results: Europe 13 ½ USA 14 ½

Day 2 - Birthday girl Reid helps Europe stay in lead

September 19, 2015
The Solheim Cup 2015, Day 2. Melissa Reid on the 18th green. Credit: Tristan Jones
Melissa Reid of England celebrates holing a putt on the 18th green to halve the match during the resumption of the Friday four balls on Saturday morning. Credit: Tristan Jones

Melissa Reid celebrated her 28th birthday by helping Europe win the top match in the second series of foursomes at the 14th Solheim Cup at St Leon-Rot.

Reid and her Spanish partner Carlota Ciganda defeated Michelle Wie and Alison Lee by 4 & 3 on a dramatic morning in which the Europeans won the series 3-1 to extend their overall lead to 8-4.

Four more points will be contested in this afternoon’s fourballs with tomorrow’s 12 singles matches deciding whether the Europeans can win the Solheim Cup for a third match in-a-row.

Reid and Ciganda opened up a two hole lead after birdies at the second and third and they maintained that advantage when they halved the par-4 fourth in three. They went four ahead with a birdie and a par on the sixth and seventh, lost the eighth to a par but regained their four hole advantage with their fourth birdie of the round on the 11th. The Americans rallied briefly when the won the 12th with a par but the match ended on the 15th when they dropped a shot.

The victory consolidates Ciganda’s record of never having lost a match in the Solheim Cup. The Spaniard won three games out of three two years ago in Colorado and her victory alongside Reid gives her 1 ½ points out of two here in Germany. Reid has secured 2 ½ points out of three this week.

“Carlota’s a great girl. She hits it a mile so it’s easier for me because I’m hitting shorter shots into the greens. I don’t have any stress with Carlota. I have absolute faith in her. She’s a Spaniard. She’s a Sergio. A Seve. She’s an incredible player.”

“It was a great morning,” the birthday girl added. “I’m absolutely buzzing.” In the second match Reid’s compatriot Charley Hull maintained this week’s one hundred percent record when she and partner Suzann Pettersen battled back in spectacular fashion to beat experienced Americans Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel on the 18th hole.

The Europeans were four down after 11 holes but then birdied the 12th, 15th, 16th and parred the 17th to get back to all square and before Pettersen holed from 12-feet behind the hole on the last to grab an unlikely one-hole victory.

“This was robbery,” admitted Pettersen. “I told Charley to throw darts at the pin. We wanted to stay aggressive and it worked.

“She’s awesome and it’s fantastic to play with her.”

“I was buzzing,” admitted Hull. “I nearly had a hole-in-one on the 15th hole and we kicked on from there. Suzann holed a great putt on the last and it might be big for the team.”

Hull and Pettersen produced golf of the highest order and it was quickly followed by the European’s third win of the series when Catriona Matthew and Sandra Gal got up-and-down from off the back of the last green to beat Angela Stanford and Brittany Lincicome by one hole.

The Europeans were three up through the first nine holes but the Americans birdied both the 11th and the 12th to get the game back to one. Gal and Matthew birdied the 15th to move two ahead again before Stanford and Lincicome birdied the 16th. At that stage the game might have gone either way but the two teams halved the 17th in birdies before the Scot dug her pitch out of the thick grass surrounding the 18th green and the German calmly rolled in the resultant seven foot putt.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Gal. “We were trying to watch the score a little bit and we knew a couple of matches turned around. It’s just unreal. We’re just so thrilled. And I think that’s our strength, the team competition. I’m speechless.”

In the bottom match American duo Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller were an incredible seven under par when they beat Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall 5 & 4. The birdie barrage started on the second and continued on the fourth, seventh, eighth, 10th, 11th and 14th before completing the job with a par on the 14th hole.

“This win was huge,” said Piller. We rode the momentum.” “I’ve been asking to play with her (Gerina) all week,” said Lewis.” I just thought our games would mesh really well. She hits it so far and so straight, it just kind of tees it up for me. We played great. We made the key putts. That was the thing. It was awesome.

“I think every match is just as important as the last one. One thing I’ve always believed in is taking care of yourself and taking care of what you have control over. That was my main thing today. We came out here and took control so it’s pretty awesome.”

The pairings for the afternoon fourballs were published at 1.00 pm and Spaniards Ciganda and Azahara Munoz were given the task of playing in the top match against Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr. Behind them Karine Icher partners Catriona Matthew against Lizette Salas and Brittany Lang while in the third match Hull and Pettersen face Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome. The final match features Caroline Masson and Caroline Hedwall against the in-form Lewis and Piller.

Friday Results
Foursomes: (Europe first)

Anna Nordqvist and Suzann Pettersen lost to Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer 3 and 2
Charley Hull and Melissa Reid beat Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome 2 and 1
Karine Icher and Azahara Munoz lost to Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson 2 and 1
Sandra Gal and Catriona Matthew beat Stacy Lewis and Lizette Salas 3 and 2

Europe 2 USA 2

Fourballs: (Europe first)
*The last two matches finished on Saturday morning due to poor light on Friday evening.
Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall beat Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer 4 and 3
Charley Hull and Gwladys Nocera beat Alison Lee and Angela Stanford 3 and 2
Melissa Reid and Carlota Ciganda halved with Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson
Caroline Masson and Sandra Gal halved with Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang

Europe 3 USA 1
Cumulative Results: Europe 5 USA 3

Saturday Results
Foursomes:

Melissa Reid and Carlota Ciganda beat Alison Lee and Michelle Wie 4&3
Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen beat Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel 1 up
Sandra Gal and Catriona Matthew beat Angela Stanford and Brittany Lincicome 1 hole
Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall lost to Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller 5&4

Europe 3 USA 1
Cumulative Results: Europe 8 USA 4

Day 1 - Europe leading as play interrupted

September 18, 2015
 The Solheim Cup 2015, Day 1. Melissa Reid on the 16th hole. Credit: Tristan Jones
Melissa Reid

Europe produced a birdie fest to claim a two point lead over America before bad light halted play with two games still on the course at the end of the first day of the 14th Solheim Cup at St Leon-Rot.

The two sides shared the morning foursomes 2-2 but Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall and then Charley Hull and Gwladys Nocera won their fourball matches to give their side a precious 4-2 lead at close of play.

The fourball series will continue at 7.45 tomorrow with the other two games tantalisingly poised. German duo Caroline Masson and Sandra Gal are favourites to extend Europe’s lead after finishing at one up through 15 holes against Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang while the other game halted in dramatic fashion when Carlota Ciganda holed a nine iron from 135 yards on the 17th to ensure that she and her partner Mel Reid will go down the last tomorrow morning all square with Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson.

Even the most creative of script writers would be hard pushed to construct such an intoxicating plot.

Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel beat Nordqvist and Suzann Pettersen in the morning foursomes but it was a different story after lunch when they came up against Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall in the fourballs.

Hedwall created history two years ago when she won all five of her games in Colorado but on this occasion most of the damage was done by fellow Swede Nordqvist as the top European couple cruised to a 4 & 3 victory over their American rivals.

Nordqvist’s golf was exceptional as the Swedes registered Europe’s first point of the afternoon. She birdied the second to halve the hole with Pressel and then birdied the third, seventh, eighth, 10th and 11th before Hedwall carded a birdie of her own to halve the 13th with Creamer and consolidate her side’s five hole lead. The same American reduced the deficit to four with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 14th before the match finished with halves in par four on the next hole.

“I hit the ball really well today,” confirmed Nordqvist. “Our game seemed on today. I had a lot of chances and made quite a few putts. It was very exciting.”

“Anna did great,” agreed Pressel. “She was pretty much out on her own today. She was about seven or eight under for the 15 holes we played. I don’t think she missed a shot.

“We certainly didn’t them give much of a fight,” Pressel added. “In best ball you’ve got to make more birdies than we did. We didn’t play our best.”

The 65 minute weather delay meant that it took Nordqvist and Hedwall five hours and 35 minutes to register Europe’s first point of the afternoon and it was another 40 minutes minutes before Charley Hull and Gwladys Nocera added another with a 3 & 2 victory over Angela Stanford and rookie Alison Lee.

Hull was in sensational form as she and her French partner inflicted an eighth successive Solheim Cup defeat on Stanford. The English teenager birdied the fifth to give her side a one hole advantage and then carded seven birdies in eight holes from eighth. Stanford eagled the driveable par four 13th and also birdied the 14th to extend the match but it came to an end when Hull secured a par five on the 16th hole.

It felt great to win,” said Hull. “I felt I played good all day. It was a grey end to the day but I rolled a couple in so it was great. I’m just buzzing for tomorrow.”

“Charley is playing unbelievable,” said her veteran French partner. “It was up to me to play safe and try to make a few putts to help here. It was teamwork. She’s very impressive. She’s the junior and I’m the senior and it’s all right.” The next match to finish for the day featured German duo Caroline Mason and Sandra Gal against Christie Kerr against Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang. Not unnaturally it attracted the biggest crowd and they were treated to some more superb golf from both sides before all four players agreed it was too dark to continue with the European team holding a one hole advantage through 16 holes. At that stage the Germans were seven under par whereas the Americans moved to six under par when Piller birdied to halve the 13th and 14th hole.

The day had produced some scintillating golf and arguably the best was kept to last when Ciganda holed her nine iron on the 17th to ensure she and her partner Reid would be all square when the match resumes on the 18th hole tomorrow morning.

It was would fair to say this match produced fireworks from start to finish with Thompson carding three birdies and an eagle over the first six holes and the Europeans registering four birdies over the same stretch.

The Americans had been two holes up when play was suspended but after the break the Europeans got back to all square with successive birdies on the 11th and 12th before the Americans regained control when they shared birdies on the 13th and 14th. Reid pulled one hole back with a birdie on the 16th before Ciganda’s wonder shot bought a great day to what was a stunning conclusion.

“I had 135 yards to the pin and I was thinking pitching wedge because I thought I could hit it that hard,” said the Spaniard. But my caddie reminded me it was cold and that the ball wouldn’t fly.

“I hit it really good and I’m so happy to help the team. There’s still one hole to play so there is nothing yet but I hope we can add a point to the scoreboard.” It was a good day for us but there’s a long way to go,” said European captain Carin Koch.

“They were all so confident and comfortable on the course. I told them last night to just go out and enjoy the crowds and enjoy the fans and the stage they’re on this week. And I think they all did that. It looked like they were having a lot of fun all day, really. Yeah, I couldn’t be more pleased with them.”

“That was a pretty crazy turn of events at the end,” said US captain Juli Inkster. “We got smoked in the first two matches and were looking good in the third before Melissa made a good putt on 16 and then Carlota holes out on 17.

“That’s the beauty of match play. It’s the beauty of golf. The good thing is we’ve got one more hole to play and we have three more holes with the other one. There’s still a lot to play for.”

Friday Results:
Foursomes Results: (Europe first)
Anna Nordqvist and Suzann Pettersen lost to Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer 3 and 2
Charley Hull and Melissa Reid beat Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome 2 and 1
Karine Icher and Azahara Munoz lost to Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson 2 and 1
Sandra Gal and Catriona Matthew beat Stacy Lewis and Lizette Salas 3 and 2

Europe 2 USA 2
Fourball Results: (Europe first)
*The last two matches did not finish due to poor light.
Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall beat Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer 4 and 3
Charley Hull and Gwladys Nocera beat Alison Lee and Angela Stanford 3 and 2
Melissa Reid and Carlota Ciganda v Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson (AS after 17)
Caroline Masson and Sandra Gal v Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang (Europe 1 up after 15)

Europe 2 USA 0

Cumulative Match Results Europe 4 USA 2

Information
Fourball play will resume at 07:45 on Saturday.
Saturday Foursomes Pairings will be submitted by 8:15.
The 3rd session, Saturday Foursomes, will start at 09:15.

Scores

Friday Foursomes 2 - 2
Morgan Pressel
Paula Creamer
Wins 3 & 2
Anna Nordqvist
Suzann Pettersen
Michelle Wie
Brittany Lincicome
Wins 2 & 1
Charley Hull
Melissa Reid
Cristie Kerr
Lexi Thompson
Wins 2 & 1
Karine Icher
Azahara Munoz
Stacy Lewis
Lizette Salas
Wins 3 & 2
Sandra Gal
Catriona Matthew
Friday Four-Ball 1 - 3
Morgan Pressel
Paula Creamer
Wins 4 & 3
Anna Nordqvist
Caroline Hedwall
Alison Lee
Angela Stanford
Wins 3 & 2
Charley Hull
Gwladys Nocera
Cristie Kerr
Lexi Thompson
Halved
Halved
Melissa Reid
Carlota Ciganda
Gerina Piller
Brittany Lang
Halved
Halved
Caroline Masson
Sandra Gal
Saturday Foursomes 1 - 3
 
Alison Lee
Michelle Wie
Wins 4 & 3
Melissa Reid
Carlota Ciganda
Paula Creamer
Morgan Pressel
Wins 1 up
Charley Hull
Suzann Pettersen
Angela Stanford
Brittany Lincicome
Wins 1 up
Sandra Gal
Catriona Matthew
Stacy Lewis
Gerina Piller
Wins 5 & 4
Anna Nordqvist
Caroline Hedwall
Saturday Four-Ball 2 - 2
Lexi Thompson
Cristie Kerr
Wins 3 & 2
Azahara Munoz
Carlota Ciganda
Lizette Salas
Brittany Lang
Wins 2 & 1
Karine Icher
Catriona Matthew
Alison Lee
Brittany Lincicome
Wins 2 up
Suzann Pettersen
Charley Hull
Stacy Lewis
Gerina Piller
Wins 1 up
Caroline Masson
Caroline Hedwall
Sunday Singles 8½ - 3½
Lexi Thompson
Halved
Halved
Carlota Ciganda
Morgan Pressel
Wins 2 up
Catriona Matthew
Brittany Lincicome
Wins 3 & 2
Karine Icher
Brittany Lang
Wins 2 & 1
Melissa Reid
Alison Lee
Wins 3 & 1
Gwladys Nocera
Gerina Piller
Wins 1 up
Caroline Masson
Stacy Lewis
Wins 2 & 1
Anna Nordqvist
Lizette Salas
Wins 3 & 1
Azahara Munoz
Angela Stanford
Wins 2 & 1
Suzann Pettersen
Cristie Kerr
Wins 3 & 2
Charley Hull
Michelle Wie
Wins 6 & 4
Caroline Hedwall
Paula Creamer
Wins 4 & 3
Sandra Gal

Preview

DATES:  September 18-20
SITE:  St. Leon-Rot, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Captain: Carin Koch
Captain: Juli Inkster
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Juli Inkster is counting down the hours as she waits for the Solheim Cup to get started at St Leon-Rot on Friday.

The American captain has been waiting to almost two years to try to reverse a run of two consecutive American defeats and she admits she is champing at the bit to turn things round.

“I feel as if I have been preparing for a year and a half,” she admitted as she met the media for the first time this week along with her European counterpart Carin Koch. “Back then it seemed so long away but here we are and my team is very anxious to get on the golf course and get started. I’m anxious too. I wish Friday would come quicker.

“It has been a great journey for me,” she added. “I’ve really enjoyed all aspects of the preparations. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my players. It’s been very rewarding but now it’s time to go.”

The Americans won three consecutive Solheim Cup matches between 2005 and 2009 but now the Europeans have the chance to claim their own hat-trick following victories at Killeen Castle in 2011 and Colorado Golf Club two years ago.

“It’s really exciting to be here and to have the week finally starting,” agreed Koch. “It’s nice to finally see the team on the course. We’re very happy to be here.”

Inkster confirmed she had been urging her players to treat the Solheim Cup like any other tournament.

“I’m trying to keep them on their regular schedule and not letting them think it is bigger than it is,” she said. I want them to do exactly what they do for a regular Tour event. If they don’t play 18 holes each day there, I don’t want them to play that much golf here. It’s the same with practice. I want them to follow their usual routine.

“I don’t want them to feel guilty if half the team is playing 18 hole but they are not. I know I did that. I would do more than I usually do which was wrong so I’ve told them to stick to their usual programme.

“It’s the same with husbands and other members of the family,” she added. “If you’re husband isn’t on the range for your warm-up at a regular event, he doesn’t need to be there during the Solheim. It’s all about keeping things as normal as we can.”

The two captains then embarked on an impassioned conversation about how their two sides would be preparing their nails ahead of the match.

“I’m sure there will be some nail polish done in the team room,” confirmed Koch.” I know one of the Vice-Captains has offered to help any player who wants her nails done. It’s part of the event. You’ve got to do it. I had mine done before I came.”

“We’re women so that’s what we do,” agreed Inkster before adding in mock seriousness: “The girls probably will, but not on my time…”

Inkster confirmed that Michelle Wie had overcome her recent injuries and would be fit to play a full part in the match. “She feels great. She feels 100 percent. She played last week at the Evian and we all know how hilly a course that is. She said she felt great at the start and she was still fine when she got done. All she needs is to get the rust off and get out and play.

“It’s the same with the rest of us,” she added. “It’s a long process. It’s a lot of golf and there’s going to be a lot of peaks and valleys. We’re just going to have to kind of ride with them and come Sunday see how it all shakes out.”

Numbers to know:
7 - Number of Solheim Cup appearances for Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Catriona Matthew
24.6 - Average Rolex Ranking for Team USA
50.6 - Average Rolex Ranking for Team Europe
28.3 - Average age of Team USA
30.2 - Average age of Team Europe
63 - Average number of combined LET/LPGA wins for Team USA
78 - Total number of combined LET/LPGA wins for Team Europe

Carin Koch and Julie Inkster in the press conference. Credit: Tristan Jones




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