ST. LEON-ROT, Germany – The U.S. and Europeans will begin the 14th edition of the Solheim Cup on Friday with foursomes (alternate shot). Here's a look at the matchups, as well as GolfChannel.com analysis:
MATCH 1 (2AM ET): Morgan Pressel-Paula Creamer (U.S.) vs. Anna Nordqvist-Suzann Pettersen (EUR)
Randall Mell: Who’s going to get their first loss together? Pressel and Creamer are 1-0-1 as partners, Nordqvist and Pettersen are 2-0. Neither team, however, has been partnered in foursomes before.
Jay Coffin: I can’t see this match ending well for the U.S. It’s perhaps the strongest European duo possible and Creamer’s game isn’t in a sort of shape that suits the alternate-shot format.
MATCH 2 (2:15AM ET): Michelle Wie-Brittany Lincicome (U.S.) vs. Charley Hull-Melissa Reid (EUR)
Mell: Wie was supposed to play with Alison Lee, who’s sick. They practiced together all week. We’ll see how the Americans improvise under pressure. Could set the tone for how the U.S. deals with adversity.
Coffin: The most exciting match of the morning with tons of personality and big-hitters everywhere. Could go the distance and is an absolute toss up.
MATCH 3 (2:30AM ET): Cristie Kerr-Lexi Thompson (U.S.) vs. Karine Icher-Azahara Munoz (EUR)
Mell: Kerr and Thompson were a formidable duo at the International Crown last year, winning both their matches together. The veteran with the great putting touch and the long-hitting youngster will be tough to beat.
Coffin: Experience (Kerr) and firepower (Thompson) from the Americans will prove too much for the European. Icher and Munoz are steady, but I’m not sure they can make enough birdies.
MATCH 4 (2:45AM ET): Stacy Lewis-Lizette Salas (U.S.) vs. Sandra Gal-Catriona Matthew (EUR)
Mell: The German, Gal, will have a lot of support in her homeland. Matthew’s a match-play dynamo and a steadying influence. This will be close with Lewis and Salas both tough-minded competitors.
Coffin: A U.S. victory and one that will help the Americans win the session. Lewis lives for the anchor match and her toughness alone will help push her and Salas to victory.