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Punch Shot: Who will be Solheim difference maker?

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PARKER, Colo. – Twelve U.S. players will face 12 European players in the 2013 Solheim Cup at Colorado Golf Club. GolfChannel.com's Randall Mell and Jay Coffin are on site, and offer up one player who they think will make the biggest difference this week.


By JAY COFFIN

Paula Creamer will make the biggest difference in this Solheim Cup and will be the biggest reason why the Americans will continue their dominance on home soil.

Creamer is not happy about how the matches ended two years ago in Ireland and feels highly responsible for the Americans' loss. She was sent out first in singles that day and was embarrassed by Catriona Matthew to the tune of 6 and 5.

“Being first out in singles you have the lead job and that’s to get that point up there as soon as you can,” said Creamer, who still ended the week with a 3-1-1 record, but refused to view it as positive because of the way the loss happened.

Creamer has an 11-3-5 career Solheim Cup record and has earned more points than anyone else on her team, an impressive accomplishment considering she’s played in only four Solheim Cups.

Still, none of that matters. What matters most is that Creamer still agonizes over that loss two years ago and will do everything in her power to help the red, white and blue win.

“We were all just sitting there and all of a sudden we lost,” Creamer said about 2011. “We thought we won, but we lost. That kind of has united us even more coming into this week.”

Sounds like someone who is determined to be a difference maker.


By RANDALL MELL

Stacy Lewis is firing on all cylinders coming to this Solheim Cup.

You combine the level she is playing at with all the motivation she possesses over her disappointment in her first Solheim Cup in 2011, and you don’t want any part of a match against her this week.

Lewis is one of the best overall drivers in the game today. She leads the LPGA in scoring. She’s seventh in hitting greens in regulation, first in birdies, second in putting. Nobody in these matches has a better overall game or can say they are in better form given Lewis just won the Ricoh Women’s British Open the week before last.