PARKER, Colo. – The day after history was made at the 13th Solheim Cup, it’s time to start speculating on captains for the 2015 matches in Germany.
Let’s start with the U.S., which lost for the first time on home soil and did so by a record 18-10 losing margin.
There are several schools of thought here. Juli Inkster is the likely choice to captain the next American squad, but it’s widely understood that she’d like to be a captain in the U.S. and not in Europe. Inkster could be given the choice to captain the 2015 team but if she declines and accepts the 2017 position in the states (the course has not yet been announced) that’d leave '15 open.
The only two people who are logical options are Mallon, who deserves a chance to captain another team, and Dottie Pepper, who served as a vice captain this year for Mallon.
Paula Creamer said Sunday at Colorado Golf Club that she’s already told Mallon she wants her for the '15 job.
“Our golf games, they need to get a little sharper at the right moments and Meg did an awesome job,” Creamer said. “I’ve told her, I want her in Germany. I do.”
Europe is in a similar situation. Annika Sorenstam, an assistant for European captain Liselotte Neumann this year, is a logical choice to captain, but it’s believed that, like Inkster, she’d like to captain a team in the U.S. Pencil Sorenstam in for the 2017 role.
That leaves a hole for 2015.
You’d have to imagine Neumann would get the nod if she wants it. But does she? She was hesitant to captain this 2013 team, so it’s not clear if she’d like to captain again. Also, Neumann lives in California. Captaining a team in Europe would require a lot of overseas travel, which is a big commitment.
Laura Davies, of course, is always a candidate as well.