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The Solheim’s Friendship Formula

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND | Having been drawn together through losing consecutive Solheim Cups, the Americans have their fingers crossed that their more united approach could lead to success in next year’s event in St. Leon-Rot, Germany.
The Europeans, as you would expect, are having none of it; they doubt if it will make any difference.
It was in answering questions during the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale on how the Americans had interrupted the Koreans’ dominance of the majors that first Stacy Lewis and then her friend, Michelle Wie, introduced the subject of the Solheim.
“We kind of got our butts kicked in the last couple of matches and after that a lot of us just looked into ourselves and kind of re-evaluated what was happening,” said Wie. “I think we are more motivated as a result. We are pushing each other and I definitely feel a lot more camaraderie out there with my fellow Americans. It could work for us all round.”
Let Paula Creamer take up the story.
“It’s funny,” she began, “how a team event can have such an impact on an individual sport. Losing in Colorado has really played a big part in our recovery. I don’t like to lose and I’m trying to get better, both for myself and the match. The whole experience has kicked things up a notch for us.”
Creamer will tell you that she was conscious of a need for the Americans to work with rather than against each other long before the losses of 2011 and 2013. She says that the need for change hit her forcibly when she studied how the other nationalities go about their golfing business.


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