Solheim Cup. Europes Ladies in Front on Day One. August 16 2013
The women of the Ladies European Tour are leading at the conclusion of day one in the Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club.
L.E.T. Ladies celebrating / Getty
The opening foursomes went the way of Europe, and Captain Liselotte Neumann was well pleased with her teams effort. This is the first time since 2005 that Europe have led the competition after the opening session, and a 3-1 margin gives them real hope of a first win on American soil.
In the top match, Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall, dubbed the Swedish Vikings by Captain Neumann, inflicted a 4 and 2 defeat on Rolex Rankings number two, Stacy Lewis and her rookie partner Lizette Salas.
Anna said that they had enjoyed the fun;
“We played solid and had so much fun out there, we just really enjoying playing together.”
Suzann Pettersen and rookie Beatriz Recari defeated the “Texas Two-Step” pairing of Angela Stanford and Brittany Lang. The win gave Beatriz her first ever point in a Solheim Cup match, she was delighted;
“Incredible thrill, I have won before, but this tops it. This is so amazing to be able to be part of a team and to get a point. I mean this is just a lot more than just the satisfaction you get for a personal win. And it was an honor to play with such an amazing player as Suzann. You can always count on her, and she really putted incredibly well. And so I think that we’re just really happy to get another point for Europe today. This is a day I will never forget, It was great to play with Suzann, she really calmed me down and she putted exceptionally well.”
Suzann responded with;
“I wanted to play with Beatriz because I knew she really wanted it. She would never give up.”
Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda provided the lone point of the U.S.A. defeating Catriona Matthew and Jodi Ewart Shadoff. Morgan was really happy with her partner;
" I feel like we both just played really solidly, we made a lot of pars. Alternate shot is tough format and it’s a tough golf course. Catriona and Jodi did not play their best golf but we were able to capitalize on that and have some par saves and make some five-footers. Jessica made a clutch-putt to win the match. That’s my partner.”
Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher, both playing in their second Solheim Cup, defeated Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer. Azahara felt amazed at their performance;
“It feels amazing. It's always nerve-wracking to get on the first tee. But we played well from the beginning and we had an amazing stretch on 8, 9 and 10 making bombs. So that was huge for us. And then after that we just kept plugging along and we just did our job.”
Cristie admitted it was the bombs that rocked them;
" They made three real bombers at eight, nine and ten and it was just unfortunate. We just didn’t seem to get any momentum right off the bat, I just couldn’t seem to get any of them to drop. And then missed a couple greens, and they seemed to throw three really long bombs at us on 8, 9 and 10, and we really didn’t get the momentum until our last couple holes and then it’s too late. So you’ve got to get a good start in foursomes.”
Four-ball up next:
Suzann Pettersen and Carlota Ciganda v Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson
Caroline Hedwall and Caroline Masson v Angela Stanford and Gerina Piller
Anna Nordqvist and Giulia Sergas v Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang
Catriona Matthew and Charley Hull v Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie