Inkster using a 'variation' of Azinger's pod system


ST. LEON-ROT, Germany – U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster is adopting former American Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger’s pod system.

“I’m kind of using a variation of it,” Inkster said Tuesday.

What variation?

“It’s kind of still getting tweaked and stuff,” Inkster said. “But the girls kind of know what I want to do and how I want to do it.”

If you want to know the exact details from Inkster, you’ll have to wait.

“I'll get all that come Sunday, give it all to you on Sunday,” Inkster said. “But right now we're just kind of working the system.”

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Azinger led the U.S. Ryder Cup team to victory in 2008 at Valhalla using a system where he put his players into groups he called pods. He put them in three groups of four. The idea was to build camaraderie and strength through share traits and experiences. They bonded, practicing and hanging out together.

In Tuesday’s practice round, Inkster sent out her players to practice in three groups of four. That doesn’t mean these are the pods, but here is who she had play together:

Group 1 – Stacy Lewis, Lizette Salas, Brittany Lang and Gerina Piller.

Group 2 – Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson.

Group 3 – Michelle Wie, Angela Stanford, Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome.