Solheim Cup: Team Europe ready to take the tee at Des Moines

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Mel Reid is a ferocious match play competitor, as the Americans discovered in 2015 at St. Leon-Rot. Playing for a team that ultimately lost the Solheim Cup, Mel Reid put 3.5 points on the board for Team Europe.

She and Charley Hull soundly defeated Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome in their foursomes match, and they’d like to do it again in Des Moines. Reid paired with Carlota Ciganda to halve a fourball match against Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson, then turned around and defeated Alison Lee and Michelle Wie in a second foursomes match before Captain Carin Koch finally gave her a rest.

After catching her breath Reid came back on Sunday to win her singles match against Brittany Lang, one of only two singles matches the Europeans won on that American comeback Sunday.

We also watched as Reid took on the Japanese team, Haru Nomura and Mika Miyazato, at the 2016 International Crown. Her partner, Charley Hull, withdrew because of illness and Reid chose to play solo rather than forfeit the match. It was an heroic effort and while she lost the match she demonstrated just how hard she can and will battle.

Look for Captain Sörenstam to pair Reid with the rookies for at least half of the fourball/foursomes matches, although breaking up the Mel Reid-Charley Hull team could prove costly for Team Europe.