PARKER, Colo. – Meg Mallon doesn’t deserve to be forever labeled as the first American captain to lose the Solheim Cup on home soil.
Sadly, that’s what will happen.
Mallon is adored by everyone she meets; never will you hear anyone say a negative word about her. She’s won 18 LPGA events including four major championships and played in eras that reached from Beth Daniel, Betsy King and Nancy Lopez to Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak.
It’s just doesn’t seem right that this will be listed on her resume over two U.S. Women’s Open victories, including one in 2004 where, at 41 years old, she shot a final-round 65 to beat Sorenstam at the height of her powers. But, the fact is, Mallon was in charge and blame always goes with the territory. Also doesn’t help that the eight-point margin of victory is the greatest losing margin in the history of the Solheim Cup.
“Unfortunately today was a European day,” Mallon said. “But they played some great golf this week and really deserved to win.”
Often at the end of these team-event weeks, captains are second-guessed. This week that’s not the case. Captain’s pick Michelle Wie was 2-2 and validated Mallon’s selection. The American players just did not play well, or putt well, in particular.
Perhaps Mallon should’ve paired Cristie Kerr and Wie together and Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda together Saturday afternoon in fourballs. Those teams were successful in earlier matches. Instead she put Wie with Korda and Pressel with Kerr. Noner of the four played well anyway, during the session where Europe won 4-0.