The Dirt on Home Soil Advantage
Nancy Lopez team tries to return the favor after a serious drubbing at the hands of Catrin Nilsmarks team two years ago in Sweden.
So what is the United States playing for? Revenge -- and the streak. The United States leads the series, 5-3, and most importantly, this week the Americans try to remain unbeaten on home soil.
'There's nothing better than winning at home,' Juli Inkster said. 'I can't imagine anything worse than losing at home, and we don't plan on doing that.'
What Inkster cant imagine has already been a big part of Ryder Cup competition for the United States.
Captain Ben Crenshaws American team pulled off the rally of the century to win at Brookline in the United States.
But that doesnt make Lanny Wadkins feel any better. His team lost at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y. Remember?
And if you think Wadkins feels bad, how about Hal Sutton? Last years Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills outside of Detroit, Mich., was an embarrassing loss on home turf for the Red, White and Blue.
This week, the Solheim Cup visits the course that John Daly made famous at the 1991 PGA Championship. Daly whooped the crowd into a frenzy, which is exactly what a young gun like Paula Creamer can do with some stellar play of her own.
'We're very aware of the situation that we haven't won there before,' Carin Koch said. 'That's a big task.'
Yes it is. But keep in mind the last Solheim Cup that was contested here in the States.
Europe led, 9-7, going into singles competition in Minnesota. The United States rallied from behind and pulled out the victory to keep an unblemished record at home.
And what would happen should the United States women find themselves on the short end of the closing ceremony this week?
One might actually believe that the Solheim Cup would be better off in the short and long terms.
Remember, the United States used to dominate the Ryder Cup. Europe broke through on American soil for the first time in 1987. And now look at what a more competitive European team and a few road victories have done for the competitive juices. Is the Ryder Cup better off for it? I think it is.
By no means am I rooting for a European victory. A Solheim Cup that went to the last singles match on Sunday would be the best story for womens golf.
And if Im truly rooting for the best scenario, it would be a Paula Creamer vs. Annika Sorenstam match-up to decide it all. Agreed?
'We have come pretty close over here, and everybody would love to win here,' European captain Catrin Nilsmark said. 'To break that barrier would be big for not only us, but for the Solheim Cup as a competition. If they lose on home soil, it would be even more hype next time.'
Its funny, actually. The European team has been labeled the underdog this week. Forget that the Euros drummed the USA the last time around. Instead, the experts are pointing to the perfect home record for the United States as the deciding factor.
Dont we all know by now that Europe loves the role of underdog?
We should. And well see how this whole thing unfolds. See you on the 'Sprint Post Game' each night, where well see just how much home soil truly means.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18