A Glimpse at the European Solheim Cup Team
Usually, the European Team is comprised of the top seven point holders who automatically earn a spot while the other five team members are Captains picks. But this year, upon the conclusion of the Wales WPGA Championship, there was a tie for seventh place points so it was decided that eight players would automatically qualify and Reid would be reduced to four picks. Below is a look at how the European Team has shaped up.
This is Reid's third term as European Captain. Her first stint in 1998 was not fruitful but in 2000 she was credited with guiding her team to victory at Loch Lomond.
Reid has amassed 21 career victories since joining the European Ladies Professional Golf Association (LET). She has played on all but the last two Solheim Cup teams, establishing a record of 4-6-1
Shes 31 and has accumulated 38 worldwide wins ' nine this year alone ' which makes her one player that Patty Sheehan will be watching closely. Sorenstam, making her fifth Cup appearance this week, recently switched to a left hand low putting style and has thus far found the change a successful one.
Since 1994 Annika has participated in four Cups. Her record is 9-6-2, a winning percentage hovering just under 60%.
Corriedo is one of the quieter members of this team. This is her second time on the European squad. Her first appearance has left her with a 0-1-1 record, which no doubt she will try to improve this week. What Corriedo brings to the table is an ability to perform around the greens.
Icher, one of six rookies, is only 23-years-old and one of the many members of a team that represent the new flavor of golf in Europe. In recent years, the Europeans have been blessed with a wealth of young talent ' Icher included.
Marti, a 22-year-old knockout, will play in the Solheim Cup for the first time. She has proven herself over the last two years to be one of the most powerful up and comers on the European Tour and is one of the many players that will be making her way over to the LPGA Tour very soon.
Gustafson has been touted as the next great golfer from Sweden. This week marks her third time on the team. Although her past record of 2-2-2 has left her a dicey match play competitor, Gustafson, who battles with a debilitating stutter, is a solid player and a fighter.
At 21-years-old, Pettersen is another Cup rookie that you may not have heard much of but soon will. Shes proven herself as a dynamo both on and off the course and has been a major part of the revitalization of the LET. Pettersen has got game.
DANE IBEN TINNING
Also a Cup rookie, Tinning is ready to show her winning ways in match play. She has 13 top-10 finishes this season including her first two wins on the LET.
This Cup rookie is known for driving distance and accuracy. She earned her spot in the 11th hour by tying for seventh in the points standings with Tinning. Like McKay, Hjorth missed the cut at the last two LPGA Tour events she played in.
She was Reids first Captain's pick and is one of only two European players to have participated in every Solheim Cup since its inception in 1990. She is considered the heart and soul of the European team.
Davies finished the State Farm Classic three weeks ago in a tie for 4th. It was her second best finish all year.
Davies' overall record is 13-8-2.
She was a natural second pick for Reid and is one of only two European players to have participated in every Solheim Cup. Alfredsson is noted as one of the best match play competitors in the world.
Like Davies, Alfredsson will be one of the players that Captain Reid relies upon to help the six rookies through the week.
Her overall record is 9-10-2.
Koch was Reids third pick. Even though this is only her second appearance, what she brings to the table is a 3-0-0 record from 2000.
Koch, who plays predominantly on the LPGA Tour, has recorded eight top-10s this season.
As the fourth and final pick, McKay, one of six Cup rookies, brings consistency to the table. She has made America her stomping grounds in recent years and is known as a big hitter, an excellent putter, and ranks in the top-30 in greens in regulation.
Reid didnt seem to be too concerned that she missed the cut at both LPGA Tour events in the last two weeks.
Esterl is the traveling alternate for the team.
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Day (68) just one back at Australian Open
Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.
Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)
What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.
Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.
Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.
Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.
Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball
Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.
In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.
"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’
Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.
“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.
“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’
Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.
The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving
Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.
The major championships I'm certainly proud of, but Barbara, the kids and my grandkids are the best things to ever happen to me. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/wkma1Q9LlK— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) November 23, 2017
GC Tiger Tracker:
Mixing Thanksgiving and waiting for a week from today. pic.twitter.com/u9m9WxQNYx— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) November 23, 2017
Happy thanksgiving to everyone! Hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. #Thankful— Steve Stricker (@stevestricker) November 23, 2017
Was reading about Thanksgiving. Originally they ate waterfowl, venison, ham, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. Seems a bit tastier than Turkey!— Frank Nobilo (@FrankNobiloGC) November 23, 2017
Literally food for thought.
Tyrone Van Aswegen:
Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017
Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.