Back to back; Europe rides rookies to Solheim Cup win
Solheim Cup Golf Europe's Leona Maguire celebrates with her sister Lisa after defeating United States' Jennifer Kupcho on the 15th hole during the singles matches at the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, in Toledo, Ohio. Her long road to the Solheim Cup. When it poured into the heart to give her a 1 up win over Lizette Salas and assure Europe of a second straight Solheim Cup victory, there was no explosion of joy. “Hands down, I think this is the best team Europe has ever had,” seven-time Solheim Cup veteran Anna Nordqvist said. The 26-year-old former Duke standout, the first Irish woman to make a Solheim team, went unbeaten (4-0-1) while being the only player on either side to participate in all five sessions.wftv.com
At the Solheim Cup, a new definition of "pod" casting
Solheim Cup Golf From left, Bubba Watson, Jessica Korda, Ally Ewing, Megan Khang, Morgan Pressel and Nelly Korda approach the seventh green during practice for the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Toledo, Ohio. The five-time Solheim Cup veteran and three-time vice-captain figures that she approached 20-25 potential players at some point over the last two years, asking them to take a personality test. The goal, just as it was for 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger — who introduced the concept that three-time Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster adopted in 2015 — was to divide the group into compatible four-player pods that would spend the week eating, practicing, playing — and hopefully winning — together. Yet if that's all it took to win the Solheim Cup, the Americans would have dominated the biennial competition since its inception in 1990. It's why four-time Solheim Cup veteran Mel Reid will find herself on the first tee Saturday morning with Leona Maguire, the first Irish woman to compete in the Cup.wftv.com
Lewis goes home to Ohio for Solheim Cup as assistant captain
(AP Photo/Scott Heppell) (Scott Heppell)Stacy Lewis is returning to her hometown in Ohio for the Solheim Cup, just not as a player. The Solheim Cup is Sept. 4-6. Maguire (Ireland) and Castren (Finland) will be the first players from their countries to play in the Solheim Cup. Normally, telling a player she has been picked for the Solheim Cup is a source of happy news. The boost of getting into the Solheim Cup will hopefully help.”Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Mickelson and late-night range session key for DeChambeau
The first one was early in the week, when he played a practice round at Winged Foot with Phil Mickelson. NEW LIFEThe PGA Tour stop in the Dominican Republic should be a candidate for comeback tournament of the year. Neither the LPGA Tour nor the PGA Tour, or the majors they play, have had fans this year. The only spectators in the U.S. have been on the PGA Tour Champions in South Dakota. ... Sam Horsfield of England, who played his college golf at Florida, is playing the PGA Tour event in the Dominican Republic on a sponsor exemption.