Americans feeling the pressure


HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Beth Daniel tries to be as inconspicuous as possible in her scouting. She jokes that when she's out on the course watching, American players eager to please her will wave from two fairways over. She suspects her presence adds pressure for players trying to make the team.
If that's true, the pressure ratchets up for three Americans Thursday in the first round of the McDonald's LPGA Championship.
Daniel, who does most of her TV work for the Golf Channel in a booth, will be out on the course as a roving reporter this week. She learned Wednesday that she is scheduled to follow Nicole Castrale, Paula Creamer and Kristy McPherson in the first round, all three Americans in the hunt for Solheim Cup spots. That assignment could change, depending on how the day unfolds.
'I made a decision last year not to go out and watch players play, like some of the past captains have done,' Daniel said last week in a teleconference promoting the Golf Channel's telecast. 'But it becomes a bit of an issue when I'm an on-course commentator. If you get a group, and I have Americans in that group, they have a tendency to get a little uptight with me walking down the fairway with them.  Several of the players have discussed that with me. It's unfortunate they feel that way, but it also does give me a chance to be out there and see what's going on.'