It certainly will be an intense morning. Liselotte Neumann went with the all-Swedish team of Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall to start these Solheim Cup matches – “The Viking Swedes!” she said jokingly at the news conference at which the pairings were announced. They will go up against the best player on the American side, Stacy Lewis, paired with rookie Lizette Salas.
“I wanted to get Lizette out right away,” captain Meg Mallon said. “I wanted to get her (in) the first pairing out … This is the first time she’s played in the Solheim Cup and I didn’t want her sitting around listening to everybody go off, go off, go off. I wanted to get her off right away.”
The second match no doubt will be the most intense as three of the four players are as fiery as they come. Suzann Pettersen and Beatriz Recari will go out against Brittany Lang and Angela Stanford. Of those four, Lang might be the only one to crack a smile.
“Brittany Lang is one of the funniest human beings on the planet,” Mallon said. “Angela tends to get intense, and they’re very, very good friends. So that was my easiest foursome pairing to put together.”
The other two matches have Catriona Matthew and Jodi Ewart Shadoff taking on Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda. Pressel and Korda also are best friends, so this was another easy call for Mallon.
The anchor match of the morning has the delightful Spaniard Azahara Muñoz and Karine Icher taking on Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer. With Muñoz and Creamer in the same group, there might be a battle to see who can smile the most.
It’s bound to be a exciting morning, as both captains said they don’t want to play anyone all five sessions given the altitude and physical demands of the golf course. That means all the rookies should get a taste of Solheim Cup pressure today.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting first day.