ST. LEON-ROT, Germany – How much confidence does U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster have in Paula Creamer?
Inkster didn’t just make Creamer one of her two captain’s picks for this week’s biennial international team competition; she is sending her out in Friday’s leadoff foursomes match to start the event. Creamer and Morgan Pressel will team against Europe’s Anna Nordqvist and Suzann Pettersen at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET).
“I have faith in her,” Inkster said of Creamer. “I have all the confidence in the world in her. It was a no-brainer for me.”
There was some controversy over Inkster’s making Creamer a captain’s pick with Creamer struggling this summer. Though Creamer has an impressive 12-6-5 Solheim Cup record, and has accounted for more points than any other American in this week’s competition, she has missed four consecutive cuts going into this week.
“I watched her practice for three days,” Inkster said. “She’s hitting it great. She’s excited. I wanted to get her out there and get her feet wet, so to speak.”
Creamer says she’s ready to go.
“I love match play,” Creamer said. “It’s that format that brings out the fighter, that grinder that I have inside me.”