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American golfers are under pressure in their battle with Europe

American golfers are under pressure in their battle with Europe

ERegardless of whether they are male or female, America’s best professional golfers are under pressure in upcoming prestigious battles against the best Europeans. While the men will be looking to celebrate their first Ryder Cup away win in thirty years next week in Rome, Team USA’s women will be aiming to prevent that from happening on the course at Finca Cortezín in Andalusia this Friday through Sunday. For the first time in Solheim Cup history, they lost to “Euro” for the third time in a row.

Since the women’s edition of the Ryder Cup was first held in 1990, the balance of power has shifted. Although the Americans largely dominated this prestigious battle in the 1990s and early 21st century, the best European female golfers have long been equal. What’s more: In Gleneagles (Scotland) in 2019, Norwegian Suzanne Petersen won 14.5:13.5 with a birdie on the last hole, but two years ago the European team showed a clear superiority at Inverness Club (Ohio). Victory was already assured when the last five singles were still running. The home team’s defeat was more evident than the final score of 13:15.

Five new players on the US team

“I thought a lot about whether we should win. We lost by one shot at Gleneagles. We lost by two or three shots at Inverness. So it’s not really that far. I think every Solheim Cup in the future will be this close,” said American captain Stacey Lewis.

The 38-year-old Texan, a four-time former world number one who represented the United States, is sending the youngest team to date to the four-man singles (classic foursomes and bestball) on Friday and Saturday and twelve on Sunday. . Eight of the twelve Americans are 26 years old or younger — including five rookies, the first-ever players in what has now become the biggest spectacle in women’s golf.

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Newcomers include world number two Lilian Wu (Chevron and Women’s Open Championship) and Alichen Corpus (US Open) who are two big winners this year. Twenty-year-old Rose Zhang also made the team. The Californian led the amateur world rankings for 141 weeks – longer than any other player. She was the first player to win the college championship twice in a row. Soon after turning professional in June this year, he won his debut on the LPGA Tour, a feat last accomplished by a rookie in 1951. That is why there is faith in talent.