PARKER, Colo. – The 13th Solheim Cup matches begin Friday at Colorado Golf Club. Here is a breakdown of the opening foursomes (alternate shot) matches with analysis from Jay Coffin and Randall Mell, who are both on-site covering the event.
9:40AM ET: Anna Nordqvist-Caroline Hedwall (Europe) vs. Stacy Lewis-Lizette Salas (U.S.)
COFFIN: Good opening match as Captain Neumann says she’s sending out her Swedish Vikings. This match rides on the nerves of Salas. Still think Europe may be too tough to handle. EUROPE WINS
MELL: Captain Mallon paired two of the best putters in the women’s game to handle Colorado Golf Club’s tough greens. So did Captain Neumann. The big question is how Salas’ nerves hold up on these greens in her first Solheim Cup. U.S. WINS
9:52AM ET: Suzann Pettersen-Beatriz Recari (Europe) vs. Brittany Lang-Angela Stanford (U.S.)
COFFIN: Pettersen is on a mission and knows that the team goes as she goes. Hard to imagine she’ll lose her first match out of the blocks. EUROPE WINS
MELL: Pettersen and Recari are a formidable pairing, both having won LPGA titles this season. Pettersen enters off a T-4 at the Women’s British Open, Recari after holding off Paula Creamer to win in Toledo last month. EUROPE WINS
10:04AM ET: Catriona Matthew-Jodi Ewart-Shadoff (Europe) vs. Morgan Pressel-Jessica Korda (U.S.)
COFFIN: Matthew is a stone-cold assassin in these matches and will be again. Pressel and Korda’s games are very different and it’ll be neat to see how they mesh. EUROPE WINS
MELL: With Pressel and Matthew facing each other, this should be good. Fire vs. Ice. Korda gets the edge over Ewart-Shadoff. U.S. WINS
10:16AM ET: Azahara Munoz-Karine Icher (Europe) vs. Cristie Kerr-Paula Creamer (U.S.)
COFFIN: This will be the most lopsided match as Kerr and Creamer roll. It’s not really an attractive anchor pairing for Europe either. Would think they’d want more firepower. U.S. WINS
MELL: Creamer and Kerr are the best American pairing in the morning matches. If they get beat, it will feel like two wins for the Euros. They won’t get beat, though. U.S. WINS
Note: Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson are sitting for the U.S. Carlota Ciganda, Charley Hull, Guilia Sergas and Caroline Masson are sitting for Europe.