ST. LEON-ROT, Germany – Death, taxes and cup teams insisting that the other side is the favorite.
It’s the same old story here this week, as Europe enters with the last two Solheim Cups in hand, while the Americans own a much better combined world ranking (U.S. 24.91, Europe 54.33).
With seemingly every player being asked to assess the matches, here’s a smattering of the best responses from both sides.
Brittany Lang: “It doesn’t matter what you feel like. We’ve lost the last two, so we’re definitely the underdogs. They played some great golf the last two Solheim Cups, it’s been really impressive to watch.”
Angela Stanford: “I’ve never met somebody who wasn’t holding a trophy that said they were the favorite. I mean, I just think Super Bowl champion this year, when the Patriots start, they’re still the champions. I wouldn’t consider them underdogs. I don’t think any team that hasn’t held the trophy the last two times could be the favorite.”
Brittany Lincicome: “It’s not like we’re in America, where we have all the fans rooting for us. That obviously is not on our side as well.”
Catriona Matthew: “I think obviously world ranking-wise, their average would be certainly a lot higher than ours. They’re going to go in here as favorites. They pretty much every year go in as probably the bookmaker favorites.”
Azahara Munoz: “The Americans are always going to be the favorites, but as they said we have such a good team spirit and we grew up playing as a team.”
Carin Koch: “If you look at the rankings, the Americans have such a strong team. They’re so much higher ranked than we are. ... They have 12 really good players. It will be tough for us. But we’ll give them as good of a match as we can.”