The 2013 Solheim Cup is ready to get underway this morning at The Colorado Country Club, and the Captains have the first round pairings set. Action will begin at 7:40 AM local time as Team USA Captain Meg Mallon sends her number one player, British Women’s Open Champ, Stacy Lewis out with Lizette Salas to take on Liselotte Neumann’s best, Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall.
Team USA Captain, Meg Mallon, who was by far, one of the best players in International Match Play competition, has taken the high road to get Dottie Pepper involved in the Solheim Cup activities again. Pepper was a surprise pick as an Assistant Captain after her 2007 remark about the team choking when she thought she was “off-air” during a Golf Channel broadcast. Mallon, and Julie Inkster have taken steps to reinstate Pepper into the festivities where she can possibly captain her own team in the future.
The European Tour continues to deny that they are a take-over candidate by The PGA Tour, but I have always believed that where there’s smoke, there is the possibility of fire. Even though Garcia claims the European Tour is not at fault here, there still remains a problem with good players jumping to the PGA Tour full-time, or playing in select tournaments here when they can. Paul Casey has went on the record as saying there needs to be some kind of change.
It appears that the former number one player has decided it’s time to get back to work, and start playing golf on a regular basis. I think this is the first step for Rory McIlroy in the resurrection of his golf game. McIlroy needs to find the hunger he had before he achieved the world’s number one status, and got a huge check from Nike.
Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher are at the top of the Wyndahm Championship leaderboard, but there are a gaggle of top players only one stroke back. With the absence of a strong field, the Wyndahm is a great place for someone to get hot and make the playoffs. There is no Tiger Woods, or Phil Mickelson this week, so this tournament can turn out to be a crapshoot. Fans could get a wild finish with young players trying to improve their positions.
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