Skip to main content

Solheim Cup Preview

We are just a few days away from the playing of the Solheim Cup, which will be held in Parker Colorado. The U.S. team will be trying to take back the cup they lost in 2011 by a 15-13 score. Just 2 years later, the teams have a very different look. Let's take a look at the 2013 rosters.

United States
1- Christie Kerr - With the absence of Julie Inkster, Christie is now the veteran on this team. This will be her 7th appearance. Her past performances in Solheim Cup play have been mediocre at best. Her record in singles play matches is 1-4-1, while her overall record is 11-12-3.

2- Paula Creamer - This will be Paula's 5th appearance, and her past results have been nothing short of spectacular. A player that rises to the occasion more times than not, her overall record is 11-3-5, which includes a 3-1-0 mark in singles play.

3- Angela Stanford - This will also be Angela's 5th appearance. Her record of 3-7-3 is by far the worst of any player on the current team. She will have to play much better than that, to bring the cup back to the U.S.

4- Morgan Pressel - Morgan has been playing her best golf in quite a while over the last several weeks. This will be her 4th SC appearance. Known for coming through in clutch situations, she carries a 7-2-2 record into this year's event. She is also undefeated in singles matches with a 3-0-0 record.

5- Brittany Lincicome - Brittany has been playing poorly for over a year now. Her 4-6-1 record in her first 3 appearances, which includes 1-2-0 in singles matches, tells me she might be a weak link. Look for captain Meg Mallon to play her only once a day.

6- Brittany Lang - Brittany will be making her third SC appearance. She brings a 2-3-2 record to this event. A streaky player, Brittany needs to step up and contribute some key points this year.

7- Michelle Wie - She would not have been my pick, as her play over the last 2 years has been mediocre at best. That doesn't mean she doesn't have the ability to step up and be a big factor. She has done it before, as her 4-3-1 record would attest.

8- Stacy Lewis - Stacy is currently the #2 ranked player in the world, and without a doubt the Americans' best player. Her first SC in 2011 was quite awful. Her overall record was 1-3-0, and lost her very important singles match on Sunday. The question here is can she join Paula and Morgan as the backbone of this team? Look for her to do just that.

9- Lizette Salas - One of four SC rookies, Lizette's play has been somewhat of a pleasant surprise. She has not played well on Sundays when she has had a chance to win. How she will hold up under pressure of which she has never experienced before, remains to be seen. A real wild card.

10- Lexi Thompson - Lexi becomes the youngest player ever to play on an American SC team. One of the real bright young stars on the LPGA, look for her to hold her own and then some.

11- Jessica Korda - In spite of a bad wrist, Jessica has played well all year. Has all the skills to dominate an opponent. A real dark horse here, I look for Jessica to pick up some vital points for the U.S. team.

12- Gerina Piller - A very deserving captain's pick, Gerina has 5 top ten finishes this year. Like Lizette Salas, only time will tell how she stands up to the intense pressure.

Gone from the 2011 team: Ryann O'Toole, Christina Kim, Vicki Hurst, Juli Inkster.
Replaced with: Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda,  Gerina Piller.

Europe:
1- Suzann Pettersen - The best player on the European team, Suzann led her team to victory in 2011. This will be her 7th SC appearance, and she has a very impressive 12-8-5 record. She is only 1-3-2 in singles play. Needs to be the leader both on and off the course if Europe is to have any chance to retain the cup.

2- Catriona Matthew - Catriona will also be making her 7th SC appearance. Not as vocal or flashy as Suzann, all she does is get the job done. She has been almost unbeatable in singles play with a 5-1 record. Overall her record is a healthy 12-7-6.

3- Anna Nordqvist - Anna has a 4-4-0 record in her first 2 SC outings. She has yet to win a singles match.
A very streaky player, she will have to perform better this year.

4- Azahara Munoz- Azahara has not played well all year. She did play well in her first SC experience in 2011, posting a 2-1-1 record and winning her singles match. Like Brittany Lincicome on the American team, she might be a reason for concern.

5- Karine Icher - Karine did not fair very well in her first SC appearance, going 1-2 and losing her singles match. A very solid player, she can be a difference maker if she plays up to her capabilities.

6- Caroline Hedwall - Caroline played well in her first SC appearance in 2011, posting a 2-1-1 mark. She also won a very important point in singles competition. She needs a repeat performance this year to keep her team in contention.

7- Beatriz Recari - One of 6 rookies on this year's European team, Beatriz has won twice already this year on the LPGA. Has developed into a very solid player. Has been in quite a few pressure situations this year, so don't expect her to crack.

8- Jodi Ewert-Shadoff - Quietly having a fine season, Jodi will feel pressure of which she has never experienced before. Can she hold up? Time will tell.

9, 10, 11 - Giulia Sergas, Carlotta Ciganda, Caroline Masson - All good players who have had some success on the LPGA tour this year. These players are all SC rookies and need to play beyond expectations for team Europe to be successful.

12- Charlie Hull - At 17 years old, Charlie will be the youngest SC player ever. A very talented player, but lacks experience. Expect her to play just once a day.

Gone from 2011 team: Sophie Gustafson, Christel Boeljon, Laura Davies, Mel Reid, Maria Hjorth, Karen Stupples, Sandra Gal

Replaced with: Carlotta Ciganda, Beatriz Recari, Caroline Masson, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Giulia Sergas, Karine Icher, Charlie Hull.

Prediction:

The U.S. team will take back the cup by a score of 15 1/2 to 12 1/2. Here are the reasons why:

1- The U.S players are much more experienced, as their players have a combined total of 43 previous SC wins to 32 for Europe. Six European rookies will be too much for them to overcome.

2- Although this European team is very solid, it will have a hard time making up for Sophie Gustafson's 4-0-0 record in 2011.

3- The thin air in Colorado will be a blessing for the long hitters. The European team can not match the length of the likes of Thompson, Korda, Lincicome, Wie and Piller.

4- The U.S. has never lost as host of a Solheim Cup event. Look for it to stay that way.

Be sure to check back here daily, for updates and results.

Update #1 - Here are the Friday morning pairings. (Europe leads 3-1))
Update #2 - Here are the Friday afternoon pairings (Europe Now Leads 5-3)
Update #3 - Here are Saturday morning pairings     (Europe now leads 6 1/2 - 5 1/2)
Update #4 - Here are Saturday afternoon pairings.  (Europe now leads 10 1/2 - 5 1/2)
Update #5 - Here are Sundays Singles pairings
Other LPGA Tidbits

Karrie Webb's amazing cut streak came to an abrupt end at the British Open. She had made 57 consecutive cuts. Paula Creamer leads the tour with 59.

Stacy Lewis's British Open victory was her 12th top ten finish of the year. No one else has more than eight.

Yani Tseng has now missed 4 cuts in a row, and has fallen all the way down to #14 in the Rolex Rankings.

Ai Miyazato will have only one more chance this year to get that elusive first major championship victory. She is currently 0 for 36.

Titleholders Update:
Natalie Gulbis, Nicole Castrale, and Pernilla Lindberg are the latest to qualify. Azahara Munoz remains the highest ranked player yet to qualify.






Comments

  1. That's a very comprehensive and fair judgment of the competition, but what about the course? I have a feeling that the Europeans will embrace the course and the result will be even closer than you predict. I'm just glad the gals are getting their due on TV and very much looking forward to 3 couch-filled days of beautiful play and excitement. DBL

    ReplyDelete
  2. Agree! Nice to read because you've been fair to the golfers in the competition. Good Job!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA travels to the continent of Australia for the ISPS Women's Australian Open. This tournament has a history of very close finishes. Who could forget the 2012 finish, where Jessica Korda won a 6 player playoff? The following year Jiyai Shin and Yani Tseng battled it out down the stretch, with Jiyai coming out on top by 2 strokes. Last year nine players finished within 3 strokes of each other, with Karrie Webb taking home the trophy.




This will be tournament #3 of 33 official tournaments on the 2015 LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Location:  Melbourne, Austrailia
Defending Champion:  Karrie Webb
Winning Score:  71-69-68-68 = 276 (-12)

Final Field:  156 players
Par: 38/35 = 73
Yardage:  6,479
Purse:  $1,200,000

My strength of field rating is a weak 48%. Just 25 of the top 50 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 11 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings, will be teeing it up. Among the missing this w…

LPGA Player Profile - Natalie Gulbis

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in the state of Texas, I want to take this opportunity to do my fifth player profile.

The player I have chosen this time around, may very well be in the twilight of her career, but has been a crowd favorite for many years. I have chosen:

NATALIE GULBIS


Born: 1/7/83 (34 years old)
Hometown: Sacramento Calif.
Resides: Lake, Las Vegas, Nev.
Rookie Year: 2002



Natalie has won once on the LPGA tour:

2007 Evian Masters

 Natalie has had many of her best finishes in Major Championships!

Best Finishes in Major Championships:

ANA Inspiration - Finished 3rd in 2006KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 5th in 2005U.S. Women's Open - Finished 4th in 2005Ricoh British Open - Finished 9th in 2013The Evian Championship - Finished 52nd in 2013 (It was not a Major Championship when she won this event).

Career Stats:

318 career starts237 cuts made (74.5%)37 top tens (11.6%)Has $4,892,233 in career earnings through the 2016 season (57…

LPGA Reshuffles 2018 Priority List

The LPGA had its first reshuffle of its Priority List this week. While most of the players moved up or down a few insignificant spots, there were some very significant moves also.

The Priority List is what is used to fill the required amount of spots for any given tournament. Without me getting into the categories, which is potentially confusing, here is a brief explanation. Most full field events have a field of 144 players. Usually 140 of the players come from the Priority List ranking. Two players are Monday qualifiers, and 2 more are sponsor exemptions. So to keep it simple, if your Priority Rating is #150, you have to hope that 10 players decide not to play, or you are probably not getting into the field.


The following players made some of the biggest jumps in this week's reshuffle (and by getting into the top 100 become part of my weekly field rating):
Bronte Law - 108 to 86
Amy Olson - 112 to 88
Nasa Hataoka - 116 to 92
Caroline Inglis - 126 to 93
Hee Young Park - 106 to 94
Mariajo…

Most Popular Photos of the Year - 2017

1/9/18 - Bonus pics added at bottom of this page!


As many of my readers know, my wife and I go to quite a few LPGA tournaments each year. Since 2010 we have gone to over 50 events, including two in Scotland (St. Andrews being our favorite), and the last 8 Canadian Opens.

I do all the writing on here (my wife who is a teacher, is my proofreader), while my wife Cindy does most of the picture taking. Neither of us are professional photographers, but once in a while we get lucky and capture a moment that is very popular with my viewers.

Below I have reposted the most popular photos of 2017. I based this on the number of website hits, and the number of comments each photo received. Some came as quite a surprise to me, as when they were taken I was not expecting such a reaction.

#18
#17
#16
#15
#14
#13
#12
#11
#10
#9

LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2018 Final Stage - The Q-Series

The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.

At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.

The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. 
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…

U.S. Women's Open Preview, Pairings, and More

Before I get started on this week's tournament, let me give a big congratulations to Minjee Lee for winning the LPGA Volvik Championship. Minjee's final round -4 under par 68, was good enough to win by one stroke over runner-up In Kyung Kim.


This week the LPGA travels to the state of Alabama for the playing of the U.S. Women's Open Conducted by the USGA. This is the second Major Championship of the 2018 season.

Sung Hyun Park will be trying to successfully defend the title she won last year at Trump National Golf Club by two strokes over Hye Jin Choi.



This will be tournament #14 of 33 on this year's LPGA schedule. It is also the 2nd of five Major Championships to be held this year.

Course:  Shoal Creek
Location:  Shoal Creek, Alabama
Defending Champion:  Sung Hyun Park
Winning Score:  73-70-67-67 = 277 (-11)

Final Field:  156 players
Cut: Top 60 and ties
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,732
Purse:  $5,000,000



My strength of field rating is a mighty 87% (down from 91% last year). The re…

LPGA Player Profile: Azahara Munoz

It has been a while since I did my last LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen this week is the very popular:


Azahara Munoz



Born:  11/19/87 (30 years old)
Hometown:  San Pedro del Alcantara, Spain
Resides:  Jupiter, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2010
2017 Earnings:  $286,417 (63rd)

She has won once on the LPGA tour:

2012 Sybase Match Play Championship
Best finishes in Major Championships: ANA Inspiration - Finished 7th in 2014KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Finished 4th in 2014U.S. Women's Open - Finished 19th in 2010Ricoh Women's British Open - Finished 12th in 2014The Evian Championship - Finished 19th in 2013


Career Stats: 202 career starts175 cuts made (86.6%)38 top tens (18.8%)Has $4,894,331 in career earnings. (61st on the all time LPGA career money list)


Other career highlights: Posted a career high 10 top ten finishes in 2014First Spaniard to win the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award in 2010Turned professional in 2009 and qualified for the LPGA tour in her first atte…