A Glimpse at the US Solheim Cup Team

By Martha BrendleSeptember 16, 2002, 4:00 pm
Captain Patty Sheehan and her United States Solheim Cup team are geared up for an intense week of match play at Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minn., Sept. Much weight will be placed on the team since the Americans have never lost on home soil. Below is a brief look at the players that make up years team.

Reno, Nev.

A total of 35 wins, including six majors, gives this Solheim Cup Captain a reputation as a fierce competitor. Shes played on four U.S. Solheim Cup teams and has an overall record of five wins, seven losses, and one halved point (5-7-1).
Sheehans got a mixed bag of experience and youthful exuberance to work with this year, which she seems much more excited about than worried over. In fact, the first-time Captain is extremely confident that the U.S. team will regain the Cup this week. So much so that she has not and will not be preparing anything to say should the European Team win. For Sheehan, losing this year is not part of the thought process.

Boca Raton, Fla.

As Assistant Captain and an 11 time LPGA Tour winner, Geddes has been charged with helping Sheehans team regain the cup, which was lost in the 2000 matches Europe 14 - U.S. 11 at Loch Lomond in Scotland.

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Age is not an issue for this Hall of Famer. At 42, she is the second oldest member of the team and has participated in three prior matches. Inkster hit 40 and never batted an eye. This is one player that doesnt seem to know what 'past your prime' means and will give the Europeans a good fight.
Her win at this year's U.S. Womens Open re-established her as a tough competitor and marked her place as a pillar of strength on this team.
Her overall Cup record is 5-4-2.

Scotia, N.Y.

One of many young talents on this years team, Diaz is a Cup rookie but brings a strong sense of competition to the table.
Since her rookie year on the LPGA Tour in 1999, Diaz has been much talked about as a major force in the future of womens golf. Her first win on Tour was at the 2002 Welchs/Circle K Championship and after that it seemed that the floodgates had opened. Diaz went on to record seven more top-10 finishes this season, including another win at the Corning Classic. But she is young and still misses a cut now and then.
Diaz is one of five Cup rookies.

Santa Ana, Calif.

Jones has been described as a spitfire and in Dottie Peppers absence will have the role of motivating the team. Jones played in the very first Solheim Cup, was a captains pick in 1998, and made the team again in 2000. With 12 career wins and ten top-10 finishes this season, she will be a tough competitor.
Her record is 7-5 in prior Solheim Cup appearances.

Zanesville, Ohio

Redman has been a resident of Minneapolis and will help Sheehan with local knowledge. She has two wins, her last in 2000 at the First Union Betsy King Classic.
Its been a really good year for Redman who has amassed eight top-10 finishes including a tie for second at the Weetabix Womens British Open.
She played on the 2000 team fairing 0-2-0 but Sheehan has high hopes for her this time around.

Miami, Fla.

Kerr has proven herself by transforming into a well-rounded and successful player. In the past three weeks she has recorded two top-10 finishes and one top-15. Like Diaz, Kerr recorded her first win at the Longs Drugs Challenge this season. A lot of things have come together for Kerr in 2002, including a better relationship within the LPGA Tour community.
This is Kerrs first appearance in the Solheim Cup.

Natick, Mass.

Mallon is one of the more experienced team members having played on five teams. She added a win at the Bank of Montreal Canadian Womens Open this year bringing her career victories up to 14.
She has played on all but the first Solheim Cup team. Her record of 8-5-5 denotes her as a solid match play participant.

Charleston, S.C.

Daniel is making her sixth appearance at the Solheim Cup. With 32 victories under her belt and four top-10 finishes this season, the 45-year-old Hall of Famer has shown that she still has fight in her game.
She brings with her a wealth of experience to share with the five Cup rookies on the team and a record of 7-6-3.

San Antonio, Texas

Ward, a Cup rookie, missed the cut at the State Farm Classic but had recorded enough points during the two-year battle to make the team. She has three wins, the last of which was in 2001 at the Wendys Championship for Children at New Albany where she recorded her career-low of 62.
Ward is one of five Solheim Cup rookies.

Santa Monica, Calif.

This cup rookie owes her spot to match play maven Dottie Pepper - the only U.S. player to have participated in all six Cups - who withdrew from competition due to a lingering shoulder injury.

Klein, who was 11th in the points standing before assuming Pepper's place, has been slightly inconsistent on the course this year, although she has recorded three top-15 finishes in as many weeks and has three career victories to her credit. Her play has been sketchy at times this year and she's missed seven cuts, making her a wildcard in competition.
The 28-year-old is participating in the Cup for the first time.

Dallas, TX.

Kuehne is one of five rookies and a former member of Interlachen C.C. As such, she brings with her youthful exhuberance and the ability to help Sheehan navigate the old Donald Ross design.
Her sole LPGA Tour victory was at the 1999 Corning Classic which she aggressively defended in 2000 and eventually came in second after losing a three-way, sudden-death playoff to Tour veteran Betsy King.
Sheehan will be looking to Kuehne and Kerr to lead the other rookies into battle.

Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Robbins was Sheehans first pick and serves the roll of the laid back member of the team. She has three top-10 finishes this season, and nine career victories. Robbins was named NCAA Co-Player of the Year in 1991 along with Annika Sorenstam.
Robbins played in the last four Solheim Cups, recording 3-1 records in 1998 and 2000, which made her an easy choice as a Captains pick. Her overall performance is 8-6-2.

San Leandro, Calif.

Hurst, Sheehans second wildcard pick, made the team even after bogeying the last hole of the State Farm Classic. It was an emotional moment for the three-time LPGA Tour winner and she vowed not to let Sheehan down after hearing the good news.
This is Hursts third time on the team. She has fared well, going 3-1-0 in 1998 and 2-1-1 in 2000. This will be an opportunity for her to up her winning percentage, which already hovers near 70%.

Lubbock, Texas

As the team's traveling alternate, Delasin offers comforting back up for the week. Since joining the LPGA Tour in 2000, she has recorded three career victories and demonstrates incredible nerve on the golf course.
Delasin is a fighter and just what the team needs if a safety net is required.
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Romo set to make PGA Tour debut at Punta Cana

By Will GrayMarch 20, 2018, 6:43 pm

While much of the attention in golf this week will be focused on the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Tony Romo may send a few eyeballs toward the Caribbean.

The former quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst will make his PGA Tour debut this week, playing on a sponsor invite at the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. The exemption was announced last month when Romo played as an amateur at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and he's apparently been hard at work ever since.

"I'll be treating it very serious," Romo told reporters Tuesday. "My wife will tell you she hasn't seen me much over the last month. But if you know me at all, I think you know if I care about something I'm going to commit to it 100 percent. So like I said. you'll get the best I've got this week."

Romo retired from the NFL last year and plays to a plus-0.3 handicap. In addition to his participation in the Pebble Beach event, he has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open multiple times and last month played a North Texas PGA mini-tour event as an amateur.

According to Romo, one of the key differences between pro football and golf is the fact that his former position is entirely about reactive decisions, while in golf "you're trying to commit wholeheartedly before you ever pull the club out of your bag."

"I'm not worried about getting hit before I hit the ball," Romo said. "It's at my own tempo, my own speed, in this sport. Sometimes that's difficult, and sometimes that's easier depending on the situation."

Romo admitted that he would have preferred to have a couple extra weeks to prepare, but recently has made great strides in his wedge game which "was not up to any Tour standard." The first-tee jitters can't be avoided, but Romo hopes to settle in after battling nerves for the first three or four holes Thursday.

Romo hopes to derive an added comfort factor from his golf in the Dallas area, where he frequently plays with a group of Tour pros. While Steph Curry traded texts with a few pros before his tournament debut last summer on the Web.com Tour, Romo expects his phone to remain silent until he puts a score on the board.

"I think they're waiting to either tell me 'Congrats' or 'I knew it, terrible,'" Romo said. "Something along those lines. They're probably going to wait to see which way the wind's blowing before they send them."

Romo will tee off at 8:10 a.m. ET Thursday alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

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Spieth vs. Reed random? Hmm, wonders Spieth

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Monday’s blind draw to determine the 16 pods for this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play didn’t exactly feel “blind” for Jordan Spieth, whose group includes Patrick Reed.

Spieth and Reed have become a staple of U.S. teams in recent years, with a 7-2-2 record in the Ryder and Presidents Cup combined. So when the ping-pong ball revealed Reed’s number on Monday night Spieth wasn’t surprised.

“It seems to me there's a bit more to this drawing than randomness,” laughed Spieth, whose pod also includes Haotong Li and Charl Schwartzel. “It's not just me and him. It's actually a lot of groups, to have Luke List and Justin [Thomas] in the same group seems too good to be true. It might be some sort of rigging that's going on, I'm not sure.”

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Spieth will play Reed on Friday in the round-robin format and knows exactly what to expect from the fiery American.

“I've seen it firsthand when he's been at his best. And we have history together in a couple of different playoffs, which is a match-play scenario,” Spieth said. “I've got to take care of work tomorrow and the next day for that day to even matter. But even if it doesn't matter, trust me, it will matter to both of us.”

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U.S. Open champ Koepka (wrist) to miss Masters

By Will GrayMarch 20, 2018, 6:12 pm

Reigning U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka will miss the Masters, according to a USA Today report.

Koepka has been battling a left wrist injury since late last year, and he hasn't played since finishing last at the limited-field Sentry Tournament of Champions in early January. Weeks later he revealed that he had a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU) tendon but hoped to return in time for the season's first major.

According to the report, Koepka only started putting this week and plans to begin hitting chips next week.

"They said I would be about 80 percent, but I can't play 80 percent," Koepka said. "I either have to go full bore or not at all. I don't want to risk getting it re-injured and then be out a long time."

Koepka has finished T-33 or better in each of his three prior Masters appearances, culminating in a T-11 result last year.

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Spieth's agent leaving firm, but keeping Spieth as client

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 6:07 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Jay Danzi has stepped down as COO of Lagardère Sports U.S., and will take one of the game’s most marketable players, Jordan Spieth, with him.

In a press release, Danzi said, “after careful consideration I feel that it’s time for a new adventure.” Danzi will represent Spieth independently.

“It’s been a privilege having Jordan be part of the Lagardère Sports’ family for the last five years and watching him grow from a promising young player to someone who transcends the game,” said Steve Loy, Lagardère Sports president of golf. “We are also grateful for Jay’s contributions over the years, in golf and other areas of our business.”

Lagardère Sports underwent an aggressive expansion in recent years, acquiring numerous boutique firms including Danzi’s business and Crown Sports Management.

Although losing Spieth, the world’s fourth-ranked player, and Danzi, who took over as Lagardère COO in February 2017, is a setback, the firm still has a number of high-profile clients including Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Patton Kizzire, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.