Tag Archives: 2013 Solheim Cup

Sep
26
2013
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Hull to stick to her roots

17-year-old Charley Hull has decided to pass on the second stage of LPGA Q-school second stage Oct. 8-11 in Venice, Florida. Instead, the English golfer plans to seek a different route to securing LPGA playing privileges through sponsor invites and other qualifying avenues, according to GolfChannel.com’s Randall Mell

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Aug
19
2013

Welcome back to #WUPHangouts! If you haven’t seen one before, it’s a live video chat with a guest or sometimes it’s just me, talking about all the latest topics in the golf world (or whatever I feel like). You can watch it in real time or afterwards on YouTube. At the end, I usually take questions that you can ask via Twitter and I/we answer as many as possible.

I was joined by Ryan Ballengee of the Golf News Net and we had a lively discussion on the thrashing the Americans took from the Europeans in the Solheim Cup, Patrick Reed beating Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the Wyndham Championship, the Presidents Cup and Fred Couples’ potential captain’s picks, and finally, the FedExCup Playoffs, which starts with this week at The Barclays at Liberty National — where it was held in 2009 and wasn’t received well by the pros, but apparently many changes have been made in the last four years, so we’ll hear their reviews soon.

Enjoy!

Oh, I haven’t ironed out the details yet, but I’ll start a “mailbag” of some sort in the upcoming weeks, where I’ll answer some of your questions via the Hangouts and/or in written form in a post. Because I do get some interesting emails… Stay tuned!

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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Jul
4
2012

No hard feelings, right?

US Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon availed of her press conference at the US Women’s Open this afternoon to make the first controversial appointment of her tenure:

Golf Channel analyst and commentator Dottie Pepper will serve as one of two US vice-captains during the 2013 event, scheduled to take place at Colorado Golf Club (in, ehm, Colorado?) next year.

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