AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND | She was the only American not playing in the Friday morning foursomes session to meander into the amphitheater that is the first tee at 8 a.m., four and half hours before she would hit her first shot. But she wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Given how Ally McDonald made it to Gleneagles – to this moment, wearing star-spangled pants and custom Maui Jim sunglasses, representing the United States, surrounded on three sides by grandstands holding 2,000 raucous fans – she intended to soak it all in like dew on Mississippi moss.
McDonald didn’t make this Solheim Cup team. She didn’t qualify and she wasn’t picked. She was supposed to be home in West Point, Miss., where it was 97 degrees on Friday. She was supposed to be watching the Solheim Cup over coffee and some country ham, maybe heading over to Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday to watch her Mississippi State Bulldogs take on Kansas State.
Instead she set a record, the biggest win in any match played on foreign soil in Solheim Cup history. McDonald and A...
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