ST. LEON-ROT, Germany – Juli Inkster strayed from her plan.
The U.S. captain never intended to trot Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel out in an afternoon fourball match. But the duo played so well in winning its foursomes match against Anna Nordqvist and Suzann Pettersen that Inkster just couldn’t resist.
The Americans were all square after six holes, then won four of the next seven holes to eventually win 3 and 2. Sure, Creamer and Pressel won, but honestly, Pettersen did not have her best stuff and Europe’s top team never threatened in the match.
With Creamer’s confidence in question over the past few months, Inkster felt it necessary to put Creamer out again. But the fourball session is often a birdiefest and it doesn’t seem like a format where Creamer (or Pressel for that matter) would thrive, especially given her current form.
It wouldn’t have mattered how Creamer and Pressel played. Nordqvist was putting on a show all by herself and the other three in her group, including playing partner Caroline Hedwall, were merely afterthoughts. The Swede birdied seven of the first 13 holes by herself, and Europe easily won the match, 4 and 3.
Creamer made three birdies in the match and Pressel made one.
“We just didn’t quite bring it as well as we did it in the morning,” Creamer said. “We just didn’t make as many birdie putts, that’s for sure. But all in all, obviously we’re a little disappointed, but we have to remember how well we played this morning.”