Today the Solheim Cup begins, the women’s Ryder Cup, at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado. Last year Team USA lost the Cup to the European team, and are looking to extend the unbeaten on home turf streak.
Team U.S.A. consists of the well-known ‘pink panther’ Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, and Angela Stanford. Some Solheim Cup rookies join the team this year: Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Lizette Salas, and Gerina Piller. Filling out the team is Captain’s pick Michelle Wie. Meg Mallon is the Captain of the U.S. Team; having the experience of 8 Solheim Cups Mallon has said that her style of captaining the team will be to trust her gut. Assistant Captains include highly experienced Dottie Pepper and Laura Diaz.
The European team consists of 6 Solheim Cup rookies Carlota Ciganda, Caroline Masson, Beatriz Recari, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Guilia Sergas, and youngest player in Solheim Cup history at 17 years old Charley Hull. Captain Liselotte Neumann may be relying on the guidance of the other half of the European Team with Solheim Cup experience. These players include Suzann Pettersen, Catriona Matthew, Anna Nordqvist, Karine Icher, Azahara Munoz, and Caroline Hedwall. Serving as an Assistant Captain is one of women’s golf most distinguished players, Annika Sorenstam as well as Carin Koch.
Today the play consists of morning Foursomes with each team playing alternate shot and afternoon Four-Ball, where each plays her own ball and the teams take the lowest score.
Tomorrow will consist of morning Foursomes and afternoon Four-Ball matches as well, with Sunday culminating in 12 singles matches.
Currently the European team leads with 3 points to 1 for team U.S.A.