AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND | The first tee setup at the inaugural Solheim Cup in Florida in 1990 was light years removed from what we have at Gleneagles this week. In 1990, when the event was more an experiment than an international extravaganza, there was nothing in the way of roping. You could stand close enough to the players to hear that never-to-be-forgotten exchange between Laura Davies and Rosie Jones.
When Davies took an iron, Jones came up with a mischievous enquiry as to whether she had a screw missing in her driver “or something.” To which Davies replied, “I won’t need my driver to beat you …”
She didn’t. The result was 3 and 2 to the English player in a week when the Americans won to the tune of 11½-4½.
At Gleneagles, they are using the same stand – for 2,000-plus spectators – as applied at the Ryder Cup of 2014. Needless to say, each player has been wondering how she will feel when she steps aboard the hallowed piece of turf.
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