Tough week for Laura Davies A Strange feeling


2009 Solheim CupSUGAR GROVE, Ill. ' Up 2 with two holes to play, Laura Davies was poised to grab a point for the Europeans and maybe, just maybe, a dose of vindication.
Then, everything fell apart.
Davies blew the lead over Brittany Lang in what could be her final Solheim Cup appearance, and Europe wound up falling 16-12 to the Americans on Sunday.
Its very disappointing because I was pretty much in control of the match all day, Davies said.
It was a tough weekend all around for her.
A four-time major winner and the only player to compete in all 11 Solheim Cups, Davies struggled in fourball play on Friday and didnt even get to the tee on Saturday. Yet there she was on Sunday, in position to pick up a point before that bitter ending.
Now, the question is: Was that also the end for Davies in the Solheim? The next one is in 2011 at Killeen Castle in Ireland.
Id like to still be playing in Ireland, Davies said. Id like to come back to America, as ridiculous as that may sound, and do this all again.
Despite some problems off the tee, Davies was in good shape heading into the 17th hole. Then she topped her tee shot on 17, sending it about 120 yards, and things took another bad turn on 18.
Her second shot, an iron, clipped a large tree and fell straight down, landing either in a creek crossing the fairway or knee high grass. It wasnt clear. Either way, Davies and about 14 others couldnt find it after a lengthy search.
Lang, after a long wait, knocked the ball to within 8 feet and then converted the birdie putt, the ball hanging on the lip before falling in to halve their match.
Davies said the shot on 18 was nothing more than bad luck. But the misfire on 17 was a ridiculous tee shot.
I waited too long, she said. I think Michelle (Wie) laid up or something and I should have just put the club back in the bag. But I stood there and rushed the tee shot when it was (my turn) to hit. Then at 18, we thought do nothing silly. Just hit two 4-irons and then a sand-iron and the second shot hit the top of the tree. It inexplicably dropped just straight down in the water hazard. She made the birdie, but she didnt even need birdie at that point.

CAPTAIN DAVIES? NO: While Laura Davies Solheim future is up in the air, she made one thing clear: She has no desire to serve as Europes captain.
I think its just all the agony you have to go through, she said. Poor old Alison (Nicholas) has been pulled back through a hedgerow this week. It looks like hard work, and Ive always shied away from hard work.
Could she resist popular demand?
Well, you just say no, dont you? Its pretty easy, Davies said.
Someone pointed out that she has been known to change her mind and seems to enjoy some aggravation.
To that, Davies said, Im not a big fan of aggravation. No, obviously, its a little bit irrelevant. I havent been asked to be the captain, and its not something I aspire to do.
Davies stance sharply contrasts that of American Juli Inkster, who while saying shes played in her last Solheim made it clear she would love to serve as the U.S. captain.

A STRANGE FEELING: Finally able to relax after a dramatic weekend, U.S. captain Beth Daniel acknowledged she was just a little tired and on edge. Past Ryder Cup captain Curtis Strange was apparently nervous, too.
Hes kind of been watching the team and that sort of thing, and so he sent a text, Daniel said. I think in the second sentence of the text, he goes, You guys are making me nervous. I can tell Curtis Strange they made me more nervous than they made him.
Daniels said she hadnt slept a full night in a month and was worrying about odd things.
On Sunday, it was this.
What should I do with the closing ceremony? she said. What are we going to do at the closing ceremony, and what if we win or what if we lose and what do I do? And I thought, This is so stupid, just deal with it as it comes along.

EXTRA MOTIVATION: No matter how her Solheim Cup matches went, Angela Stanfords days always ended well.
Stanfords mother, Nan, who is fighting breast cancer, made the trip to the Solheim Cup and watched her daughter from the clubhouse.
Shes doing good, Stanford said after her 5-and-4 victory over Becky Brewerton gave the United States its first point Sunday. Its pretty cool, just being able to see her at the end of each day.
Stanford announced in late June that her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and Nan Stanford just finished her second round of chemotherapy. Nan Stanford canceled her plans to come to Rich Harvest Farms after she was diagnosed, but then decided to come anyway, making the 15-hour drive to join Stanfords brother and grandmother.
This was Stanfords third Solheim Cup appearance, but her first in the United States.
Its good knowing shes here and getting to be a part of it, Stanford said. It makes me feel good knowing shes here because just a few months ago we didnt think shed be able to make it.
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