2011 Solheim Cup: What Are Both Teams' Chances in Single Matches?
If we go by history, team USA will win the single matches and consequently its ninth Solheim Cup, fourth in a row.
Since the inaugural event, back in 1900, the Americans have won eight singles matches out of 11. From those eight, they came to day three leading once (1990), trailing four times (1996, 2000, 2002 and 2007) and tied three times (1994, 2005 and 2009); only in the 2000 edition they didn't win the Cup, as a result of being five points behind the Euros after Saturday fourball matches.
On the other hand, Europe has won single matches in 1992, 1998 and 2003, but in 1998 they couldn't retain the Cup, since the score after Saturday’s fourballs favored the USA 10.5 to 5.5.
Tomorrow’s clash brings interesting matches. Some players have already faced each other in previous editions; others haven’t but will surely make the best out of it. Let’s take a look to the 12 pairings:
Paula Creamer vs. Catriona Matthew: As in last year’s edition, the Pink Panther will open the singles for the USA; Creamer is undefeated in this format since her debut in 2005. Matthew has had five Solheim appearances, four wins and one defeat. These two have never met in singles.
Stacy Lewis vs. Sophie Gustafson: The U.S. rookie will face Gustafson, who has played seven Solheims, but whose record is not so good: two wins, four loses, one halve.
Morgan Pressel vs. Anna Nordqvist: They faced each other in 2009, and it was the American who sealed the deal to give her team the winning point. Pressel dominated Nordqvist, 3&2.
Juli Inkster vs. Laura Davies: The most experienced players of both teams will play against each other for the very first time. The US golfer has a spectacular 6-1-1 record, while Davies, the all-time point winner, holds a 5-5-1.
Vicky Hurst vs. Melissa Reid: The first rookie match of the day. Hurst has only played once and she lost along with Brittany Lincicome; Reid has only won one point out of the three times she’s played so far.
Brittany Lincicome vs. Christel Boeljon: The U.S. player has a 1-1-0 record in singles and given her team two points while teaming up with Paula Creamer in this edition. Boeljon, making her first appearance, has played in two matches but without success.
Brittany Lang vs. Sandra Gal: The German will try to make a good impression in her first singles match; while Lang needs to redeem herself, she hasn't won anything this edition and in 2009, as a Solheim rookie, she won two points out of three.
Christina Kim vs. Maria Hjorth: The American has played two single matches and won both; this time, captain Rosie Jones has only let her play once. The Swede hasn't had much luck in this format, with a 0-3-1 record.
Michelle Wie vs. Suzann Pettersen: world No. 2 will try her best to improve a 0-3-2 record to put some pressure on the rivals. Wie needs to step up soon, after losing two matches out of the three she’s played this year.
Ryan O'Toole vs. Caroline Hedwall: This is the ultimate rookie match. O’Toole made it to the team as a captain’s pick and has already sank a couple of clutch putts. Hedwall has won two matches out of three she’s disputed, both of them with the biggest advantage: 5&4 and 6&5.
Angela Stanford vs. Azahara Muñoz: With a 2-1-0 record in three Solheim Cups, Stanford is set to face the Spanish rookie who has only lost to Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome in foursomes.
Cristie Kerr vs. Karen Stupples: The event will probably have been decided before this match ends; Kerr has one win, three loses and one halve in single matches, while Stupples is playing her second Solheim and has never won in singles.
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