US, Europe vie for underdog status ahead of Solheim Cup

The Americans have lost the last two installments of the biennial women’s golf contest that flares into life again in Germany on Friday. “Yesterday, I was still trying to convince myself that we’re here for the Solheim Cup”.


“I wanted them to hear it from the captain’s mouth, that’s what I’d want”, Inkster said. But Juli doesn’t take herself too seriously, she’s so easy going, and I hope that will rub off on the rest of us. “And I think it’s working”. So which one? I’m tempted by Ciganda – she’s proved she can peak in two different team events (she also excelled in the LPGA’s international Crown), there’s a good chance she will play with Munoz and/or Pettersen and 14/1 each way is value. “I think Juli just said no more of this “rah-rah” stuff”, Salas said.

“Paula is still wearing her hair ribbons and all that, but it’s just growing up a little bit and knowing that you don’t need to go crazy and get the crowd going all the time”.

Jamie Hepburn (left), the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, and Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland hand over Scotland’s bidding documents for The 2019 Solheim Cup to 16-year-old ClubGolf graduate Katriona Taylor.

When and where is it?

“If you look at the rankings the Americans have such a strong team”, Koch told reporters at the St Leon-Rot Golf Club in Heidelberg on Wednesday.

That started a run of three straight American routs, although along the way, the competitive pot began to boil. The weather forecast for St. Leon-Rot is occasional showers and partial sun Friday and Saturday and clear skies on Sunday, with temperatures in the 60s throughout the three days of play.

“I did expect to put her (Lee) out but she’s still sick”, confirmed Inkster. But for the team, everybody’s got to play well to win. Karine Icher (16/1) claimed 2.5 points from four in 2013 and Gwladys Nocera (18/1) was superb on her last appearance (in defeat in 2009, winning 3.5 points from four away from home).

That depends on who you talk to.

Charley Hull/Melissa Reid (Europe) vs. Brittany Lincicome/Michelle Wie (U.S.): Hull makes her second Solheim Cup appearance, having gone 2-1-0 in 2013 as a 17-year-old whose convincing victory over Creamer in singles thwarted hopes of an American comeback.

Four years ago at Killeen Castle in Ireland, there wasn’t an Irish player on the European team.

America have kept faith with 11 of the team that was comprehensively beaten 18-10 in Colorado in 2013.

Both are keen to paint the other as favorites but with home advantage on its side, as well as its recent record, Europe probably edge it. Nonetheless, they had to laugh as they prepare to embark on their 10th Solheim Cup trip after spectating at hundreds of junior, college and pro events.

Speaking to CNN’s Living Golf show she said: “The Solheim has been a defining point of my career. I have all the confidence in the world in her”. I felt like I had the guts to take it on in all matters. “It’s just meant the world to me”. The blind draw puts them on the top line against Swede Anna Nordqvist and Norwegian Suzann Pettersen.


Count the U.S. Solheim Cup team as being part of one of the biggest dance crazes of 2015. They have won twice in a row, including their first ever win on US soil. She is not measuring progress against the gains of fellow tyros Lydia Ko, who last week became golf’s youngest major winner at 18, and Lexi Thompson, who crossed the major threshold last year as a 19-year-old. She also says they are “bringing their lunchboxes”. “Just get the ball into the hole as quickly as you can”, Morgan Pressel said. Below are the Team USA members, along with their records. So I think they have the pressure this week. “So we’re very singular in our mindset of going out and putting our work hats on and getting it done”.

Europe chase three in a row at Solheim Cup