2011 Solheim Cup: 5 Players to Keep an Eye on Day 2

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2011

2011 Solheim Cup: 5 Players to Keep an Eye on Day 2

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    After the first day, Europe leads the 2011 Solheim Cup by one (4.5 to 3.5). The 24 golfers playing for honor and pride have stated that they have what it takes to help their team win.

    Nevertheless, five of them have shown that when it comes to pressure moments, they know how to make decisions and solve the situation in the best way.

    Let's take a look... 

Paula Creamer

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    The Pink Panther has everything a captain needs and wants in its team: passion, game, sportsmanship, respect, you name it. She's 25 years old, but is already playing her fourth Solheim Cup.

    Her record is just an impressive 10 wins 2 losses and 4 halves, including today's foursome and matches, which she won along with Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

    She's also undefeated in singles, having won the three she has disputed against Laura Davies (2005), Maria Hjorth (2007) and Suzann Pettersen.

    Creamer will team up with Cristie Kerr in Saturday foursome matches, and will face the European couple formed by Catriona Matthew and Azahara Muñoz. 

Caroline Hedwall

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    The youngest member of the European team, this 22-year-old Swede has an impressive career.

    She turned pro this year and has already won four titles: three in the Ladies European Tour (LET) and one in the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour (ALPG).

    She's of course playing her first Solheim, but being a rookie hasn't stopped her from making quite an impression. Hedwall joined Sophie Gustafon to defeat Brittany Lincicome and Vicky Hurst 5&4 in their Friday's fourball match.

    Captain Alison Nicholas decided to repeat the formula for Saturday's foursomes. Both of these players are long hitters, which comes in handy in windy and soggy conditions.  

Stacy Lewis

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    She had a tough debut at Friday's foursomes, where she played with Angela Stanfford, and lost to Catriona Matthew and Azahara Muñoz.

    But Lewis will have a chance to redeem herself when she faces Caroline Hedwall and Sophie Gustafson, also in foursomes. She might be a short hitter, but she's lethal with the short game.

    Her 2011 season has been one of the most impeccable on tour, having won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the LPGA schedule, and posting 10 top 10 finishes out of 17 starts. 

Catriona Matthew

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    The Scot has shown that no matter how many years go by, she still has a lot to give. In the opening foursomes, she and Azahara Muñoz defeated Lewis and Stanford, 3&2, the largest margin of that instance.

    Then, in fourball, she teamed up with Sandra Gal birding four consecutive holes (six to nine) to hold off the Americans. The match finished all squared, but she will be paired with Muñoz again for Saturday's foursomes. 

Ryan O'Toole

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    Impressive debut by the 24-year-old. She was one of the captain's picks and she surely showed why she earned a spot.

    She was paired with Christina Kim in foursomes, grabbing the lead 1-up after six holes, but the Euros (Matthew and Gal) came to a hot streak. O'Toole's putting saved the Americans on several occasions, but it was on 17 where she sank a birdie putt to take the match to the last hole, where both teams pared it to halve the match.

    She'll team up with Morgan Pressel in Saturday's foursomes.