US meltdown in the Solheim Cup morning rounds
Things were looking pretty good for the Americans this morning. Through nine, Creamer/Daniel were up 2, Kim/Hurst were up 2, and even Diaz and Redman, playing the formidable Sorenstam/Pettersen duo, were up 2. The only shaky group of the bunch was Gulbis/Kerr, down 2.
But then, depression set in. Up four with only five to play, Diaz and Redman then put up three bogies, Sorenstam and Pettersen put up two birdies, and that was that. One point, Europe.
Hurst and Kim, up three with only four to play, experienced the same kind of meltdown: three bogies to Gustafson/Johnson?s two birdies, and a conceded putt to halve the match. Whoa, since when do we concede anything to halve a match? Make them show their stuff and make that putt!
Not quite as spectacularly, Creamer and Daniel, up two through 14, let their lead slip through their fingers and ended with a halve.
In their post-round interview, Creamer gave props to hall-of-famer Daniel, while Daniel returned the favor with this odd comment: ?as it worked out, she (Paula) was putting all the time. I just tried to give her lots of opportunities for birdie, and she had it rolling there. Then on 11, she missed a putt there, and from then on in we really didn?t make anything.?
Oh, okay, Beth. No mention of the three-foot par putt you missed on 17, when you were one up with two to play? You?re talking about Paula?s missed birdie putt on 11, and forgetting your own missed par putt when it really mattered? Not to mention your approach shot into a 4′ x 3′ bunker on 18. WTF!
Of course, this is from the woman who said to Creamer before their match began, “we’re not comfortable with each other, but let’s just make the most of it.” Real inspiring there, team leader. Great work. Now I see why you were a captain’s choice.
So we stand now Europe 3, USA 1. Maybe the afternoon rounds will turn things around.
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Or, Beth could not sleep the night before, state publicly that she felt they (her and Creamer) were not likely to do well, be twitchy on the first tee, miss hit critical shots all day, and blame her partner at the end of the round. Hmm, who is the rookie here, and who was added to the team for her ability to inspire and lead? The Beth Daniel pick looks worse by the minute. Surprise, surprise.
I love tomorrow's pairings now too. Let's see, we were doing well, then melted down. In the afternoon, we had a rock-solid duo help pull our bacon out of the fire. Let's NOT play those two, and chop up all the teams from the first morning. Rather than try and keep a duo that did very well for most of the day together, like Kim/Hurst, let's mix it all up and go for broke in the morning!
Hopefully our players will overcome their captain and win this thing. Either way, I am sure Lopez will be emotional and everyone will talk about what an icon she is. Icon, yes. Emotional, yes. Good captain? Answer is in already: no, with Hell No still an option.
Any chance someone could put together a Western Hemisphere vs. Eastern Hemisphere Cup for disaster relief that could include the one person that people want to see--Michelle Wie?