It was a bittersweet time for me in Halmstad last month playing in the Solheim Cup when for only the second time Europe was unable to win on home ground. We had a two point lead after the four-balls and foursomes – not surprising given Europe’s trademark teamwork and camaraderie – but the U.S.A. were always going to be tough to beat in the singles. I say bittersweet because the very players that beat us are also some that I will be calling on to fight for Team International in the Lexus Cup in December.
Many of the young US players making their debuts in the Solheim are Lexus Cup graduates, so to speak, and have gained plenty of team competition experience from the two editions held in Singapore. In all, there were at least 12 players in Halmstad who were past Team International members. I shall look forward to welcoming quite a few of them back in the team. Playing against each other, we put on a great show. Playing for each other, you can expect Team International to be exceptionally strong. Morgan Pressel took a point from me in the Solheim – I will be looking for her to take a point FOR me in the Lexus Cup!