PARKER, Colo. – Let’s make history.
That is becoming the unofficial battle cry of the European Solheim Cup team as it prepares to try to become the first Euro squad to win on American soil.
Liselotte Neumann said the challenge is a large reason she accepted the European captain’s role for the matches this week at Colorado Golf Club.
“Some people had a hard time convincing me of being the captain, but then the more I started thinking about it, it’s kind of a one-time opportunity to actually be able to come to America and make some history,' Neumann said. “I think that’s how I talked Annika (Sorenstam) and Carin (Koch) into it as well (assistant captains). I said, `We need to go to America. We need to make history. No team has ever won here before, let’s do this.’ That’s our goal, and that’s why I took the job.”
Neumann said she looked as much as possible for a quality of “fearlessness” in making her captain’s picks, specifically in trying to meet the challenge of winning on American soil.
The Americans are 6-0 at home in the Solheim Cup, winning matches here by an average score of 14.5 to 10. No Euro team has come closer than three points in those six losses. Neumann's team features six Solheim Cup rookies. No Euro squad outside the inaugural team has had more first-time Solheim Cup players.
“They all sort of have a good feeling about it,” Neumann said of her team. “Some of our players were on that ’11 team that won. Obviously, they have some confidence. They won the last time. Why wouldn’t we win again?”