Category Archives: Solheim Cup

Sep
21
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Solheim Cup

A day after standing her ground and insisting she would do the same thing again in the Solheim Cup controversy in one of the remaining four-ball matches on Sunday morning — a call that many deemed as unsportsmanlike — Suzann Pettersen posted a heartfelt apology to her Instagram.

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Sep
20
2015

Fueled by a controversial call — which many deemed unsportsmanlike — in one of the remaining four-ball matches Sunday morning, Team USA won nine of the 12 singles matches and overcame the largest deficit (four points) in Solheim Cup history and defeated Team Europe 14.5-13.5 at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany.

Let’s first take a look at the drama that occurred on the 17th hole in the four-ball match between Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull vs. Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome. The match was all square with two holes to play. Lee stepped up to a 12-footer for birdie to win the hole and just barely missed. She picked up the ball from a foot and a half, thinking she had heard it was conceded.

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Aug
19
2013
I think Carlota Ciganda is pumped up!

I think Carlota Ciganda is excited…

Heading into Sunday singles with a five-point deficit, the U.S. team needed nothing short of a miracle to take back the Solheim Cup, but Europe never gave them much of a chance to make a run.

Until Sunday at Colorado Golf Club, the Europeans had never won the Solheim Cup on foreign soil. And they didn’t just win, they clobbered the Americans, with the finally tally: Europe 18, U.S. 10.

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Aug
17
2013
The Spaniards FTW! (Photo via Facebook)

The Spaniards FTW!

For the second day in row, the Solheim Cup was filled with drama and controversy, not to mention painful — and embarrassing — rulings that unnecessarily lasted nearly 30 minutes (maybe longer, but I fell asleep around the 22nd minute) over a drop from a hazard. 

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Aug
16
2013
Wie shines in match play

Wie stands out in match play

Europe has never won the Solheim Cup playing on American soil, but took a 5-3 lead on Friday after the first two sessions. On the American side, Jessica Korda and Morgan Pressel were the only pair able to salvage one of the four available points in the morning foursome matches, and the U.S. managed to split the afternoon fourballs, for two points apiece.

The top-ranked American player, Stacy Lewis, went 0-for-2 in day one. Suzann Pettersen and Carlota Ciganda trailed Lewis and Lexi Thompson for most of the match, but rallied for the 1-up victory.

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Aug
16
2013
Korda and Pressel

Korda and Pressel celebrate

Partnered with Morgan Pressel in the Friday morning’s foursomes (alternate shot) matches, Solheim Cup rookie Jessica Korda hit her opening drive, which found the left rough. As she was walking up the fairway, she started eating a banana, and just after Pressel struck the approach shot, Korda basically lost her breakfast, according to Golfweek’s Julie Williams:

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Aug
4
2013
The 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup (Photo via LPGA's Twitter)

The 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup (Photo via LPGA’s Twitter)

Following Stacy Lewis’s victory at the Women’s British Open, the American and European Solheim Cup captains took to the stage and announced the teams, including their respective wildcard picks.

Morgan Pressel played her way onto the team with her T4 finish, bumping Jennifer Johnson from automatically qualifying for the final of the two spots on the team via world ranking. Johnson, who won the LPGA Mobile Bay Classic in May, was also passed over as one of Meg Mallon’s two captain’s picks.

Instead, Mallon went with Gerina Piller and Michelle Wie, who is 4-3-1 in two previous appearances. 

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Mar
13
2013
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Diaz has finally forgiven Dottie

 

U.S. Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon announced that she had appointed Laura Diaz, two-time LPGA winner and four-time Solheim participant, as one of her vice-captains for this summer’s 2013 biennial matches. Why is this significant?

Well, six years ago, Dottie Pepper, who was a commentator for Golf Channel’s coverage of the 2007 Solheim Cup, thought she was off-air and muttered, “Chokin’ freakin’ dogs,” referring to the U.S. team.

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Sep
25
2011

The Charge of the Fight Brigade

Congrats to the European squad for their impressive victory over the Americans at the Solheim Cup.

It was looking like the Americans were going to pull off an unlikely victory about a half-hour earlier. Europe and U.S. were tied at 12 1/2 points apiece.

Michelle Wie rolled in a clutch 15-footer on 17, putting some pressure on Suzann Pettersen, who had thrown a dart to roughly four feet (Wie had also made a clutch putt on 15 to go 1-up, but Pettersen responded with a birdie on 16.); rookie extraordinaire Ryann O’Toole was 2-up with two to play over Caroline Hedwall; Angela Stanford had just squared up her match against Azahara Munoz.

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