If you're not turned into the Solheim Cup, you're missing great golf theater
“We’re trying to represent our country well,” said Paula Creamer finishing up on the 18th for a tie at all square. It was the last match in this morning’s (Saturday) foursomes, the second day of competition.
Cristie Kerr had come off the 17th draining a long putt to put the team 1 up, but Kerr missed the green on the 18th leaving Paula Creamer with a brutal bunker shot to a down-sloping green.
Creamer delivered leaving the ball about six feet from the hole while opponent Catriona Matthew had a long birdie putt to win the hole, thus tying the match. She missed.
This gave Kerr the opportunity to sink her putt for a win but Kerr, arguably the best putter on the LPGA circuit, missed her putt by a hair as it just broke at the end.
Under pressure from a hyped-up gallery, rookie Azahara Munoz made her four-footer.
And so it has been going at the Solheim Cup at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Killeen Castle golf course just outside Dublin, Ireland.
The U.S. has won the past three Solheim Cups (which like the Ryder Cup takes place every two years).
Americans are favored on paper, but here we have the underdogs playing on home turf boosted by heightened energy in Ireland where 60,000 women play the game. Take all the Irish bars’ laddies and lassies all cheering and fist-pumping for their team, and you get the idea.
Why anyone who loves golf, man or woman, is not watching this drama between the top U.S. and European women players is a mystery. It’s quite simply, not jut great golf, but great competition.
Going into Saturday afternoon, it’s Europe 7, U.S. 5. But players like Kerr who actually ran to the first tee munching a sandwich is out to win playing in the fourball with her partner Morgan Pressel against Suzann Pettersen and Caroline Hedwall.
The stands are shaking with enthusiastic spectators. Game on. Do yourself a favor and tune it.
You can follow it live on the Golf Channel and catch real time scoring on www.solheimcup.com
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