2013 Solheim Cup: Day 1

Captains Meg Mallon for the Americans and Liselotte Neumann for the Europeans have put together some very satisfying pairings for the morning Foursomes (alternate shot). It’s a good mix of 12 veterans and 4 rookies among the 16 players. All times are local and they are playing in 12-minute intervals.

7:40 am — Stacy Lewis and Lizette Salas (R) vs. Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall

7:52 am — Brittany Lang and Angela Stanford vs. Suzann Pettersen and Beatriz Recari (R)

8:04 am — Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda (R) vs. Catriona Matthew and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (R)

8:16 am — Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer vs. Azahara Munoz (R) and Karine Icher 

Stacy Lewis will be the rock that allows Lizette Salas to blossom into all that she is as a player.

Caroline Hedwall is a bomber and will give Anna Nordqvist shorter irons than she is used to.

Brittany Lang and Angela Stanford are two “good ole girls” from Texas where your state is as thick as blood.

Suzann Pettersen is to Beatriz Recari as Stacy Lewis is to Lizette Salas. They have to be thrilled to be paired with two of the best in the game.

Morgan Pressel has gone from no chance to make the team to now one of its leaders because of the tenacious way she qualified. Jessica Korda has blossomed into one of the Tour’s stars since she won the Australia Open at the beginning of 2012.

Catriona Matthew is a stalwart for Europe and pretty long. Jodi Ewart Shadoff plays on the LPGA and finished T4 in the Women’s U.S. Open and T7 at Kraft Nabisco.

Christi Kerr and Paula Creamer are birds of a feather, tenacious competitors with the same kind of internal drive. Great chemistry.

France’s Karine Icher and Spain’s Azahara Munoz share a border in common. I wonder if that works like Texas?

These matches should be very entertaining, and against the backdrop of the gorgeous Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado, captivating.

And as if that’s not enough, we have the afternoon Four Ball (best ball) matches to look forward to.

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