She knows that it was 3-11-3 heading into these matches and she knows that she hadn’t won anything in her previous seven matches. She went 0-2 in her first two matches this week at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club and the pressure mounted.
Stanford is playing in her sixth Solheim Cup. She’s lost matches in every way possible. For sure, she’s played poorly a lot and hasn’t managed to find one reliable partner that makes her feel comfortable. She’s also played some really good golf during that span and lost to opponents who have lit it up against her.
On Sunday, she broke her drought. And she did so in epic fashion.
After building a 3-up advantage against Suzann Pettersen, Stanford lost that 3-up lead and the crucial match was all square standing on the 15th tee. She then made consecutive birdies and ultimately won, 2 and 1.
But there was doubt. A lot of doubt.
“I think for others to believe in you is pretty cool,” Stanford said. “What they don’t know this week behind closed doors is that it was hard. It’s hard to feel like you’re not contributing. I wanted to be a good teammate this week. And that was my goal.
“At some point you think it’s bound to happen, right. People kept telling me numbers, but it’s bound to happen. But it’s all because of these ladies. I kept thinking if they’ll just keep me in it, if they’ll just give me another chance and they did. Very happy to help today.”