So much for building some Solheim Cup momentum.
Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie’s struggles continued Thursday at the Evian Championship, where they both opened with over-par rounds and now are in danger of missing another cut.
Creamer, a controversial captain’s pick for next week’s matches in Germany, bogeyed three of her last five holes and shot 74. Wie made five bogeys and a double during an opening 75. When they finished their rounds, Creamer and Wie were 72nd and 82nd, respectively.
Entering this week, Creamer had missed three consecutive cuts and had just one top-10 finish in her last eight starts. Wie, meanwhile, has been plagued by injuries all season. She withdrew from the Women’s British Open in late July because of a left ankle injury.
In addition to the two U.S. stars’ struggles, Stacy Lewis (73), Cristie Kerr (75) and Angela Stanford (78) all got off to rough starts in the final major of the year.
But Thursday wasn’t all bad news for the American team’s Solheim Cup prospects.
The European Solheim Cuppers were a combined 19 over par on Day 1, while the Americans were only 6 over. Lexi Thompson led the way at the Evian with a 5-under 66, while Gerina Piller, Morgan Pressel, Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome were also in red numbers in the opening round.