The Solheim Cup
County Meath, Ireland
Sept. 24, 2011
Day two notes and interviews
Saturday Morning Foursome Recap…Team Europe continued their solid play on home soil to extend their lead to 7-5 over the U.S. The dominant duo of Caroline Hedwall and Sophie Gustafson earned the first point of the morning with a convincing 6&5 victory over Texans Angela Stanford and Stacy Lewis. The Americans wouldn’t go out without a fight as Morgan Pressel and Ryann O’Toole claimed a 3&2 victory over Christel Boeljon and Karen Stupples after winning their last three holes. The last and final European flag of the morning went up as Maria Hjorth and Anna Nordqvist defeated Brittany Lang and U.S. Assistant Captain Juli Inkster 3&2. In the morning’s final match, Azahara Munoz and Catriona Matthew won the 18th hole with a par to defeat Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer.
Saturday Afternoon Four-Ball Recap… Team Europe began Saturday afternoon in record breaking fashion as Laura Davies and Melissa Reid teamed together to defeat Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie 4&3. The win catapulted Davies ahead of Annika Sorenstam for the most points earned in Solheim Cup history with 24 ½ points. But the afternoon matches belonged to Team U.S. as they began to stage a comeback beginning with a match that contained four Solheim Cup rookies. Stacy Lewis and Ryann O’Toole combined for nine birdies to lead the charge with a 2&1 victory over Christel Boeljon and Sandra Gal. Morgan Pressel and Cristie Kerr then followed suit with a 1 up victory over Suzann Pettersen and Caroline Hedwall. In the final match of the day, Brittany Lincicome and Paula Creamer defeated Maria Hjorth and Azahara Munoz 3&1 to pull the U.S. even with Europe at 8-8.
Record Breaking… Saturday proved to be a record setting day for LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour veteran Laura Davies as she set the record for all-time points earned in Solheim Cup history with 24 ½ points. Davies overtook Annika Sorenstam after she teamed with Melissa Reid to defeat Americans Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie 4&3 during Saturday’s Four-Ball.
Currently tied 8-8 with the U.S. Team, Davies has one less thing on her mind entering tomorrow’s singles play. “It's nice to finally get past Annika who obviously has a spectacular record and it's nice to have done it before the singles,” said Davies. “Now I can go out there and not worry about oh, I want to beat the record because I might never be here again, so at least I've done it and gotten it out of the way.”
Playing in her 12th Solheim Cup, Davies also leads the pack in most Solheim Cups played trailed by U.S. Assistant Captain Juli Inkster who is playing in her ninth.
Single them out! The U.S. Team holds a 69-42-13 advantage over Europe in singles play dating back to the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990. They have earned a winning singles record on eight of 11 Solheim Cup Sundays. Over the last three Solheim Cup’s, the U.S. Team boasts a 21-9-6 record versus Europe.
Tie goes to the U.S. The Solheim Cup has been tied entering the final day three times (1994, 2005, 2009) with the U.S. Team ending up victorious each time. In 2009, the U.S. broke an 8-8 tie with Europe by winning Sunday singles 8-4. In 2005, U.S. won singles 7 ½ to 4 ½ and in 1994, the U.S. broke a 5-5 tie (then with only 10 players per side) with an 8-2 singles record.
Of Note… Caroline Hedwall and Sophie Gustafson have proven to be the team to watch during this year’s Solheim Cup as they handed out their second impressive stomping during Saturday morning’s foursome. The duo teamed together during yesterday’s four-ball to deliver Brittany Lincicome and Vicky Hurst a 5&4 blow out while today they notched a 6&5 victory over Angela Stanford and Stacy Lewis…Vicky Hurst and Christina Kim were the only two players on either team to not play a match on Saturday…Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr are now 2-0-1 as a team in Solheim Cup play following their halved point with Catriona Matthew and Azahara Munoz. The duo was previously paired together in the 2005 and 2009 Solheim Cup where they earned one-up victories in four-ball…
THE MODERATOR: I’d like to welcome U.S. Team Captain Rosie Jones to the interview room. After two days of play at the 2011 Solheim Cup, U.S. and Europe are tied 8‑8. If you would just take us through today, and, most notably, the nice comeback that the U.S. Team had this afternoon winning three matches?
ROSIE JONES: Right. Well, you know what, we squeaked by the morning. Put out two pairings that I thought would have a better day today after yesterday, and, obviously, that didn't happen with Stanford and Lewis still unable to get a point.
Then Lang and Inkster who played such a great match yesterday and having lost it on the last hole, I thought I'd put them back out there and give them another chance at that, and that didn't work either.
But through kind of a different pairing in there with O'Toole and Pressel, because I wanted to get Pressel out on the golf course. But with the length of this golf course, the only way I could do that, really, was to put someone who really has some length because the normal format for foursomes would be to put someone with a like game. This course just doesn't set up for that. But it does lend to a great weird set‑up like I did with O'Toole and Pressel. It was great. They played awesome and very successfully.
Then Kerr and Creamer played a great match to squeak out a half there. I know they were disappointed, but it was a good morning, and it set us up to go into the afternoon without having too much damage.
THE MODERATOR: Can you just take us through the afternoon as well? Obviously, a nice comeback to even things out 8‑8.
ROSIE JONES: Yeah, huge. We started out ‑‑ it was hard. Today was hard as far as the pairings go because they had to sit down a couple of players. I never imagined not playing everybody each day, but I knew that with past captains and talking with them, sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
With a two‑point deficit, I felt like I really had to get our big guns back out on the golf course and figure out some good pairings that would kind of shake it up a little bit, but at the same time give us some, hopefully, some success, of course.
So Lang and Wie were a new pairing for us, and we wanted to start kind of ignite our day. Even though it did ignite us, they didn't play well. They didn't play bad, they just kind of got in the way from Laurie Davies who was having a really good putting day and just couldn't get the ball to drop.
I watched a lot of putts that Michelle Wie hit that sat around the edge of the cup all day. There is not much you can do about that. You can't change anything, and you can't change it when people are making putts on you either.
But Pressel and Kerr took it all the way to the last hole. O'Toole and Lewis, I was a little bit worried about Lewis this morning, and we had a little talk. Just wanted to kind of change her ‑‑ try to get her to get out of the little funk that she was in and see if she could get a little attitude adjustment and get out there and play this afternoon. That's exactly what she did.
O'Toole was kind of a perfect player for her to do that. Kind of shake it up, freshen it out, a young player like herself. They have a lot of length. They have a lot of likeness in their game, and it worked out perfectly. I mean, they both just shined in that.
On the last one with Creamer and Lincicome, I heard Lincicome shot about eight birdies out there, and she made every putt possible. We put her specifically with Creamer because I know she would play for Creamer. She would want to do the team right. You want to impress your peers and she did that. She impressed our team, and it was just really cool.
Q. Can you talk about momentum? Momentum is a different thing in the Solheim Cup than any other type of golf, isn't it?
ROSIE JONES: Yeah, it doesn't really end when you get off the golf course, and that's what's really cool. Everybody does go home and rest and stuff like that, but the attitude, the liveliness and the excitement, just the dynamics of the team really, really ‑‑ it's really fun.
But when you're out on the golf course and it's happening, it's kind of like this gravity to success and you want to be part of it. You just start playing better and your teammates start playing better because they want to be a part of it. It's just really fun.
We really rallied today. I thought we played with a lot of heart yesterday, but coming back and tying up the matches today was just really huge.
Q. Can you tell us what you told Stacy in terms of the attitude adjustment?
ROSIE JONES: Maybe not exactly, but ‑‑ you know, she's the kind of player that gets down on herself and she wants ‑‑ she's a great player, and she wants to be great all the time. She doesn't really let herself make mistakes.
When you're in a pressure situation like this where you want to ‑‑ your expectations are really high, you want it to be there right now when you need it. When it's not there, she gets harder on herself. When you're in a team situation, that's not always ‑‑ it's more evident that you could be affecting more than just your little bubble right there.
That's kind of what I was letting her know. Your little funk is bigger than just your little funk. You need to try to get out of it and have a little bit of an attitude adjustment. You can't play with a partner and think you're not affecting that person. I don't care who it is.
Your partner will say, yeah, well, that's Stacy. That's the way she is, but you still have to deal with that.
I wanted her to know, hey, this team event, you need to come outside that, and that's what I asked her to do. If she would do that in that afternoon match, and she did. You know, she was a totally different person.
It might have been really that she hadn't played fourball yet. She had only played foursomes yesterday, and then I put her back in today, and she didn't have that opportunity to really just kind of get in her own rhythm and play her own ball. Sometimes you play guarded. You're cleaning up other messes, you're making your own. You feel guilty about that. You feel guilty if you don't make a putt where someone chipped it up there for you even though they hit a bad drive to begin with. It's like you could never really catch up and get your groove in foursomes.
I did not want to sit her down without the opportunity to have that chance. Unfortunately, I had to sit down a few others.
Q. A rookie mistake what she did today?
ROSIE JONES: Sometimes you just get ‑‑ golf's an individual sport and it's easy to just think just to be thinking of yourself. We do that a lot. We're very selfish people. When you're in a team, it is different. She's young. It's her first time.
When she played in the Curtis Cup and won five matches, everything was going groovy for her. She wasn't in any kind of trouble. When you get to the Solheim Cup for your first time, you want to prove that you're a great player and you can make some points and so you push and you press. That's the mistake.
Q. You know how physically and emotionally draining this week is. Now Paula and Cristie have played all but one hole. Does that concern you at all going into tomorrow?
ROSIE JONES: Well, that was a big concern. When I came in, I really had no intention of playing anybody five matches because I didn't want to tire them out. And because I knew it would take away more golf from other players that were probably just as worthy of playing and deserved to play.
But it is a team. I actually had team members willing to give up the opportunity to play because they want to win. They want this team to win. They were great sportsmen in doing so.
Yeah, I'm a little bit worried about them. I want them to rest up. I wish I could have rested them. I wish we had a three‑point lead, and I would have, but I didn't. I had a two‑shot deficit. I needed to do whatever we've got to do. And what I know is you you've got to do what you've got to do and they were willing to go.
Q. I'm not sure if you noticed but over three matches tied going into the singles, the U.S. have won all three. Can you please explain why American teams, we've seen it in Walker Cups, Ryder Cups, why U.S. Teams are so good in singles golf?
ROSIE JONES: Well, I think ‑‑ I haven't really figured it out. I think I used to know it when I was a player why, and I don't know if I forgot or if I don't totally understand it myself.
I think we are strong individually. We don't ‑‑ even though we have a lot of team camaraderie and bonding, that we can also stand alone and feel like we can handle our own. We work really hard to, like I said before, impress each other. We don't want to be the one person out that loses. We really want it bad.
We know this is for our country. Not only for our team, but for our country, and we want to bring back the trophy and definitely the Solheim Cup.
We just have a lot of heart. We've got a lot of guts and heart, and it showed not only yesterday but today as well, and we're going to bring it back tomorrow.
Q. Talk a little about Ryann O'Toole. I know you had confidence in her. But 2‑0‑1 is pretty strong stuff.
ROSIE JONES: Yeah, you know what? A lot of people really did question me when I made the pick for O'Toole. I saw something ‑‑ I saw this in her, and whether or not she was able to do that was really going to be up to her and this team. If the team supported her, if I supported her, even after the next three weeks that she kind of really bombed out.
I had probably talks with Ryann once or twice a week every week ever since the pick because I knew she was going through a really tough experience. The pressure was not only from the media, the pressure was self‑inflicted. It was from players. It was from just having that whole idea of being a Solheim Cup player after seven LPGA events.
To me, I tried to redefine it and say, hey, a rookie is a rookie. I don't care if you played 7 events or 17. Or if you were a rookie in my time, we would have played 25 events. I'm thinking if you would have had 25 events to play in a year up to that point, who knows what you would have done, how many Top 10s you would have made or whatever.
But that wasn't really everything that we had to talk about. There's just a lot of responsibility that goes with being a Solheim Cup player, and she needed and wanted to know what those responsibilities are and how she was going to be ‑‑ how did she treat other players and how are they going to treat her? Just the whole thing, the whole dynamics of the week, and how she was going to live up to that.
So there was a lot of conversations with that, and self‑doubt because of the weeks that she had following the pick. It's very, very hard for both her and Vicky. It's hard to come in as a pick and especially as a rookie. You don't know what to expect, and you really don't know what to expect when you're picked.
Q. How are your team going to be spending tonight? Do you prepare individually for something like this? Do you all get together to watch a movie? Do you give motivational speeches or do you save that for breakfast?
ROSIE JONES: Well, all of the above. Every night is preplanned from months and months ago that we have specific night that's we're doing something. Last night we had dinner with the past captains, the U.S. past captains. They came out for dinner and they all gave us a little motivational speech of their own. Then we went and watched some motivational videos.
Tonight we'll add to that. We have another motivational video to watch, but also we'll be doing dinner just ourselves with our caddies. It's kind of another tradition that we have. We like to bring it in, have a little fun, just kind of a preplanning dinner. It will be very low key.
Everybody's very tired. It will be fast, and I'm sure there will be a few games of ping‑pong after that, and go to bed.
THE MODERATOR: Like to welcome Stacy Lewis and Ryann O'Toole. Played in match three of the fourballs this afternoon. 2‑1 victory. Ryann, you're 2‑0‑1 as a captain's pick. We'll start with you. Just take us through the entire week and then this match? How has this week been for you?
RYANN O'TOOLE: This week's been great. I've been striking it well. Definitely felt like I stayed in the moment and not got ahead of myself, not looked back. I feel very calm and confident. You know, especially the last three weeks that I had coming into this event were a bit rough, and obviously not my best finishes and out of character for me.
However, from each of those weeks I've gathered a lot of information about my game and have improved and kind of just learned a bit more and felt like, okay, use those as learning experiences and move forward.
So just coming out this week I just felt like I had my coach on the bag, and that gives me a ton of confidence. Also the format helps. I enjoy playing this game.
THE MODERATOR: Stacy, for you, how nice was it to get in the win column today with Ryann?
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, it was awesome. Rosie told me I was going out with Ryann, and I knew how well she was playing, so I said, yes, absolutely. I was frustrated with the last two mornings, because I felt like I was playing okay, and we just couldn't get into a rhythm, just couldn't get anything going. Angela wasn't hitting it very well, and I wasn't making any putts to help, so...
But it was great this afternoon. I played really well, and it gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.
THE MODERATOR: Can you just take us through your match today? Obviously, four Solheim Cup rookies in one match, which is kind of rare. How did you guys feel together on the first tee and then throughout the day?
RYANN O'TOOLE: I think we were a good match. I've played quite a few times with Stacy in tournaments, and her and I have very similar games as far as like distance and Stacy's very mellow, very calm, constantly is focused on the shot at hand. I knew that I could have faith that she'd make the par and bring a bunch of birdies to the table and she did.
I had her tee off first, so it allowed me to kind of free up off the tee, and I think that worked out great. She didn't mind, which was even better.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, we paired really well. I think, I got a couple birdies for us early. I think it kind of calmed us both down a little bit. Making eagle there on 7 kind of got things going, but the match was just back and forth all day. It was 1‑up, 2‑up, 1‑up, 2‑up.
We knew it was going to be hard, and Ryann made some awesome putts there toward the end of the match. The bomb on 12, then the one on 17 just kind of capped off the day. But we both hit it well, and made putts when we needed to.
Q. Ryann, you've played with three different partners, and I don't think you can get more opposite than Stacy and Christina.
RYANN O'TOOLE: Correct.
Q. Can you talk about what that's been like and how you've been able to adjust?
RYANN O'TOOLE: Well, Rosie said to me on the first tee today, she was like, You can play with anybody, can't you? And I said, Yeah, pretty much.
I just feel like I have the personality to mesh with whoever she throws at me. Christina is very energetic, very spunky. She's a great player, and you can count on her to make pars and put it on the green. She just kept me loose out there as far as my ‑‑ I guess, the way I was playing and my feel over it. That being my first Solheim match, I think that was a great partnership for me to have going into this tournament.
Now playing with Stacy, I played with her a few times, so I knew her game a little bit better, and knew I could rely on her to make a bunch of birdies out there as well as stay steady. I had talked to her, and obviously losing the first two matches that she's played just kind of getting the idea, okay, what's going on? How are you playing?
But alternate shot's tough, especially if you don't have both players playing on their game. You can't count on just one person holding the team. She came into it with confidence, and she proved it.
Q. How important do you think the mental skills and trusting yourself was today? Because you seemed to trust yourselves a lot more than the European girls did.
RYANN O'TOOLE: Yeah, I think this game requires you to really believe in yourself. I think the last three weeks was a big test for me, and I think it built a lot of strength coming into this.
But as any golfer knows, the one thing that you have to do is believe in yourself and commit to the shots and go from there, because without that, you're not going to be able to score, you're not going to be able to hit fairways or greens or make the birdie putts.
\STACY LEWIS: And I think especially on the partnerships like today, you have to trust each other, and we really did that out there. Ryann was all over the place on 12, but I knew she was going to get it in the hole and figure out a way to get it done. You've got to trust each other. I don't know. That's just part of the team thing. Not only is it your game, but it's everybody else's.
RYANN O'TOOLE: I just had a steady partner, fairway, green, set‑up for a birdie putt. I kind of just got to play around.
Q. Obviously as was just alluded to, you had a tough few weeks before and you missed a few putts. You were seen as kind of a controversial pick by the captain but you've gotten 2.5 points out the first three games, so are you thriving on proving your critics wrong here or are you just trying to enjoy your first Solheim experience?
RYANN O'TOOLE: Secretly I would go with option A, but I think more so I'm just playing my game and going with what I know in my heart I ask do and bring to the table.
I can't control what happened, and at the moment, I was just dealing with obviously playing and not performing as well. Yeah, it created controversy, so I don't know what was said. I stayed away from the media, but I know it was out there.
STACY LEWIS: I don't think she had anything to prove this week. I'd seen her play before. We all knew she was a good player. You never know how a rookie's going to come over and play, and you never know how to handle the emotions.
But once she was picked, we were 12. It wasn't you're a captain's pick and you qualified on points. It was you're part of the team. We knew she could play. Once everybody played a practice round with her, I think everybody wanted to play with her. So I mean, I don't know. I don't think she had anything to prove this week.
RYANN O'TOOLE: Well, thank you.
THE MODERATOR: On that unifying note, I think we'll call it quits.
THE MODERATOR: We'd like to welcome Paula and Brittany to the interview room. Nice victory today over Maria and Aza, both of whom were playing pretty well coming into the afternoon. If you would, just take us through your match this afternoon and how you played?
PAULA CREAMER: Bam should talk. She's the one that played great. So go ahead, Brit.
BRITTANY LINCICOME: It's obviously a team effort, but it seemed every putt I looked at went in, whether it was to halve a hole or make an eagle and tie the hole like we did on 7, it just everything was going in.
And Paula there telling me we can do it, let's go. We're not going to 18, because our match the other day had gone to 18, so we didn't want to play that hole again. Just that firing me up really gets me going and just putted really well.
THE MODERATOR: How nice did it feel to get that final point of the day and tie things up heading into singles where the U.S. has traditionally you guys have had an advantage?
PAULA CREAMER: No, that was big. Those last three points were huge for us. Just the momentum, the team room will have a great vibe. We're all very pumped up. We want to do really well. Especially going into singles, we feel like everybody is where we want to be.
But it's good. Everybody's just, we're fighting it out. We're grinding them to the end, and it's really nice to see on the leaderboard when you see these people fighting back and getting those points up there.
Q. Paula, we'll find out the singles pairings soon anyway, but you're unbeaten in singles. You're unbeaten here. Are you going to be the obvious choice to go out first and get some American points on the board early?
PAULA CREAMER: I have no idea. Honestly, I really don't. I don't know. Wherever I'm at, I'm going to fight it out as hard as I can. I'm going to try to get that point up as early as I can. It's going to be a good match. The girls know my record, so I'm going to have to go out and play my game and play strong. Whoever it is, it's going to be a good match.
Q. Do you feel any extra pressure with that sort of 3‑0 record so far?
PAULA CREAMER: I mean, it's a good record. I love match play. I love just mentally when you're playing an opponent, you're not playing the golf course, I love that.
We'll see what happens. You know, I always put the most pressure on myself, so, of course, I want to win. But I need to also do my own thing and not worry about what's happened in the past.
Q. Paula and Brittany, tell us what Sunday's singles is like in this event and how it might be different than anything else you do, including majors?
PAULA CREAMER: There's really nothing like a Sunday singles. You can't really compare it to anything. Of course U.S. Opens, majors, Kraft, whatever, it is means a lot. But this is a totally different feeling because you need to get those points out as soon as you can. You want to show positive with red numbers up on that board and going up in matches.
I think that all of us are very determined. We want to bring that cup back home. But as in feelings, there is nothing that can compare, in my eyes, to anything else.
BRITTANY LINCICOME: I'm the same. You're not playing each girl individually and trying to win for yourself. Obviously, it's a team. So when you see more red on the board, that pumps you up to do better. So when you're out there, it's like okay, I need to do good for my team. Everyone's watching what I'm doing, and you just try to do good for the whole team. You want to get some red on there.
THE MODERATOR: Like to welcome European Team Captain, Alison Nicholas. The end of the second day, the teams are tied 8‑All. Perhaps you could start by just comments on your thoughts on the score line overall.
ALISON NICHOLAS: Yeah, obviously the Americans came back at us a little bit. Didn't hole as many putts. The girls played really, really well, some of the matches were just unbelievable. The scoring was just incredible. We just didn't hole the putts coming in.
But I'm very confident in my players. I knew it was going to be all about tomorrow anyway. I know they're pretty up for it, and they're feeling good.
Q. In the build up all through the weeks, even the girls themselves said that they needed to be ahead going into tomorrow. Now that you're tied, does that change the focus or the pressure?
ALISON NICHOLAS: I'm not aware of them saying that, actually. But I knew it was always going to be a tight match. I think we've always been aware that we've always overplayed players rather a lot before the singles, so I have rested players so that we're ready to take them on tomorrow.
In the past we've played a lot of players five times and they've been exhausted coming into the singles. So for me, that was my strategy.
THE MODERATOR: Perhaps some comments on your star players, Laura Davies and Melissa Reid this afternoon?
ALISON NICHOLAS: Absolutely fantastic. Laura set a record, hasn't she? I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I heard it over the record.
Q. 24 and a half points.
ALISON NICHOLAS: 24 and a half points. That's just phenomenal, isn't it?
Q. Beat Annika Sorenstam's points record.
ALISON NICHOLAS: Oh, did she? Oh, Annika will be a bit upset. I didn't actually tell her that. Does she know? I'll have to go back to the team room and tell her. She'll be gutted. She might make a comeback. You never know (laughing).
Q. Laura was saying that for tomorrow she thought one of the things was for the European players not to look at the scoreboard but just concentrate on their own points. Would you give the same advice or any special advice you're going to try to give them before tomorrow?
ALISON NICHOLAS: Absolutely. It is. They've got to go out there selfishly and go get their points and not look at the scoreboard. You've got to take care of your own business. Certainly I totally and utterly agree with her.
Q. What's the mood in the camp right now? Because obviously you had a really big sense of momentum heading into this afternoon, and obviously the first real setback of the match has come at this stage?
ALISON NICHOLAS: It is, but everyone's upbeat in there. I mean, they all came in and we had a chat, and they seemed ready. It's as simple as that. We said it at the beginning of the week, it's about winning the singles, simple as that. And it's nothing that any of them haven't actually said.
Obviously, anyone would prefer to go in with the lead. But what it is is what it is, and we deal with it, and we go forward and we go and try and win. Everyone's got to not watch the scoreboard and try and win that point.
But they seem pretty upbeat. I mean, no problem at all. I think we've got strength and depth in my team. They're very up for it, and I'm backing them (smiling).
Q. You were tied going into the singles two years ago. What cow think you've learned from that experience going into tomorrow now? Is it that you have a stronger strength and depth than last time? Is that the main difference?
ALISON NICHOLAS: I think so, yeah, absolutely. And now it's up to each individual now. I've done the draw. They've got to go out there and win their point. Simple as that.
Q. Looking at when you sat down to do your draw for tomorrow, how difficult was the process of deciding where and when or how to set it up for tomorrow?
ALISON NICHOLAS: Very difficult. It's not easy. We tried to do what we thought was the best thing with Annika and Jo, and we've done that. That's all I can do. Give it my best shot, what I think is right, and we all agreed. I know my players will play for it, and that's about it, really. I can't say anything more.
THE MODERATOR: We'd like to welcome Laura Davies and Melissa Reid who just beat Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie by 4 and 3. Congratulations, ladies. Laura that was a special moment for you because you've just gone above Annika Sorenstam as the leading point scorer in the Solheim Cup history at 24 and a half points. Are you pleased about that fact?
LAURA DAVIES: Yeah, obviously, the more you play in it, the more points you should have. So as I've played in all of them, if I didn't have the most points, it would be a bit embarrassing. It's nice to finally get past Annika who obviously has a spectacular record, and it's nice to have done it before the singles.
Now I can go out there and not worry about oh, I want to beat the record because I might never be here again, so at least I've done it and gotten it out of the way.
THE MODERATOR: How does it rate among your special Solheim Cup moments?
LAURA DAVIES: Well, the way Mel played and the way I played today, it was one of the best matches I've ever been involved in on a winning match. We played great yesterday, but, unfortunately, it's never the same when you're on the losing end of a great match.
Mel just puts confidence in you. She's always very solid and doesn't hit many bad shots, and she was reading the greens for me today, and she read them great.
THE MODERATOR: Mel, you played magnificently. How does it feel to get your first point on the board?
MELISSA REID: Obviously, very nice. Like Laura said, we fell a bit hard ‑‑ yesterday afternoon we played really well and we lost the match. So, obviously, to be playing with Laura again was awesome. We get on really well, and we kind of feed off each other which is great. We're a really good partnership.
So, obviously, to get Laura's little record breaker here was nice, and also to get my first point was a special afternoon, really.
THE MODERATOR: How important is it to get that momentum going for the rest of the team?
LAURA DAVIES: Oh, absolutely. The first match out I always feel has a huge responsibility. They wanted Suzann out first, obviously, because she's our leader, our play leader, and we got the role. You really do feel you have to get out of it and get some blue on the board because it does encourage the rest of the team.
Q. Not just getting blue on the board, but getting blue in your game, especially for Mel having been pipped in two matches yesterday. How important was it to get 1 hole really quickly? I think you were 4 up after 7.
MELISSA REID: Yeah, we should have been 5 up after six. Yeah, I missed a short putt, but it was great. Like I said before, we fed off each other, more so even this afternoon, I think, than we did yesterday afternoon. We played great yesterday afternoon, but we fed off each other. When I had a bad shot, Laura put it in there close, and we just had a great partnership today.
So to get a few holes up early was nice, but still with these guys, they're great players and you've still got to finish them off and still got to hang in there and try to make birdies every time.
Q. Laura, we're used to you outdriving everyone. But have you putted this well in a while?
LAURA DAVIES: No, I went to an old putter. I went to the storage shed and got one out, and it's the one I used between '94 and '96, and I won about 24 tournaments with it in those years. So Johnny said try to find one of your old putters. So I went on last Monday and found it.
It's got good memories. It's not the nicest looking putter to look down on with all the modern day ones with all the nice features, but it works. The ball is really rolling off it nice. Like I said, Mel gave me confidence with her reads, and Mel Reid's (Laughing). That worked.
Yeah, it's a Maruman putter. I used to play Maruman clubs, and it's one I got years and years ago.
Q. Laura, on that approach on 15, could you just tell us as you were looking at it what goes through your head when you see it heading closer and closer and closer?
LAURA DAVIES: Well, the putt?
LAURA DAVIES: Yeah, it's one of those that's sort of a hit‑and‑hope. Mel read it just inside the bunker so that's exactly where I hit it. She read it perfectly, but it's all about the pace. But, fortunately, I got the pace right, but I must admit, I thought it was going in. That would have been a nice moment. But we still had to worry about whether Michelle would hole her chip or not, but it was nice.
Q. Was the record on your mind coming into this week at all?
LAURA DAVIES: Someone spoke about it early in the week. Not really pressing, but I heard someone say I need a point. I thought that would be nice to have it done before the singles. I only had two chances to do it, unfortunately. Yesterday we didn't do it, today we did.
It just clears any extra pressure, because singles is about as high a pressure as you're going to get in any golf when you're trying to win a major championship. It's that sort of pressure, singles. So it's nice that that little bit of edge isn't there. I haven't got to worry about that.
Q. How many putters were in the storage shed?
LAURA DAVIES: About 270, I think. It took me a while to find it, because I've got about 12 of that particular model. But I wanted the specific one that I used to ‑‑ because it's worth a lot of money. I kept saying to Maruman, send me more. I need to try another one because they're worth a lot of money. So I have a lot of them hidden away there. But I found it.
Q. What was the identifying mark?
LAURA DAVIES: I just remembered it because I used it a lot, where most of the others were virtually brand new. This one had a little thing in the corner of it that distinguished it from the others. It's definitely the one. The grip was well worn, and the other grips weren't as well.
I can sell you one. They're only about $2,000 each if you want one. They work well.
Q. Did you use any mind‑clearing techniques?
LAURA DAVIES: Well, thinking, I don't know, really. We just fed off each other. Our thing was not to give the Americans a chance. That was our state of mind out there. Just always be inside them and, if possible, if they do hole a putt on you, you answer them, and we did that.
Q. Did you just go into your center where you get that?
LAURA DAVIES: Yeah.
Q. Mel, I think you were 4 years old when Laura first ‑‑
LAURA DAVIES: Thank you for that. She's like the daughter I never had. It's lovely to be sat here with her.
MELISSA REID: Cheers, mum.
Q. I just wondered what your view was on the scale of her accomplishment over 12 Solheim Cups? She maybe inspired you in the early stages of taking up the game?
MELISSA REID: Yeah, I've told Laura this before after a couple of beers, she is the reason I took up golf. You know, she was the first lady golfer that I looked up to, and it's great now that I say that we're quite good mates. Because anything that Laura says, I do take in. I respect her, obviously, as a player. Yeah, you know, she's all right as well.
It's just nice. It's nice that we have been able to play a lot together. You know, I just feel very, very comfortable around Laura, and it's nice to have someone on Tour that is a legend like Laura that you can feel very comfortable around.
Q. Looking ahead to tomorrow, what do you think the key will be for the singles? At least we'll be level at the very worst, so talk about the pressures.
LAURA DAVIES: Well, we've messed up the singles so many times. This time we need to go out there and not worry. Try not to look at that scoreboard, because in the foursomes you tend to feed off the scoreboard. In the singles, I think you're better off ‑‑ I'm a big leaderboard watcher.
But I think not to look at the leaderboard tomorrow, because if you see a lot of blue, you might start thinking I don't need to do it. And I think we've done that. It seems like we've done that in the past because we've been beaten so badly over there.
I don't know what the stat would be in singles, but it would be gigantic against us. I know that much. So tomorrow we have to go out and win our point. It's easy to say, but that's what we've got to try and do.
Q. Did you tell Mel that?
LAURA DAVIES: No, I've just told her now, I think.
Q. I'm sure you'll go where you're put, but would you like to go out early to get some momentum or would you like to bring the one that brings it home?
LAURA DAVIES: Well, Juli and I have never played singles against each other. So I've told her to go number four slot, and I've told Ali I want to go number four slot, so we'll see what happens.
Juli's probably winding me up. She'll probably go out first or last or something. It would be nice to play against Juli, because over the years I've never played singles against her.
Q. Mel, would you like to get it out of the way or be the Graeme McDowell?
MELISSA REID: I don't mind. Obviously I envision myself holing the winning putt to win the Solheim Cup. But wherever Ali wants to put me, I'll be quite happy, and I'll do my best to get my point.
Q. Laura, Alison last night here said she wanted the crowd to be louder and more vocal. Did you get that impression going around today?
LAURA DAVIES: Well, I think you earn the support of the crowd by hitting really good shots, knocking it close, getting them excited. It shouldn't be the other way around. They shouldn't have to get excited to get you playing well. So the better you play, the louder they get. It's as simple as that.
I think you have to earn the support even of the home crowd. There are so many Americans out there. You want to keep them quiet as well by hitting shots in.
But I'm not one big cheerleader type person. I wouldn't go around trying to whip the crowds up. I'd hope my golf would do that.
Q. The putt on 13, were you afraid the wind was going to blow that in?
LAURA DAVIES: Oh, that was incredible. I stood below the level of the green looking at my chip. I don't know how it didn't go in. I'm pleased it didn't, obviously, because you don't need that to happen. It flicked it out of the way.
To be fair, once I looked close and when I got up there, there was at least that much.
Q. I guess it was groundhog day today for you. A tough match on the fourball again. What is your verdict on that?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: It was tough, but we have a nice chance to get a halve.
Q. That putt on the par‑3 really got you going, didn't it?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, it got us into the match again. Yeah, we had a chance.
Q. Is it tough to get into the intensity of the match once you've had a morning off?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Not really, no. I felt fresh, and I felt like it was the right move. I felt very good.
Q. What about Caroline today? She's played fabulous, hasn't she?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: She's a great player. She's the future of our Tour, and she's the future of the Solheim.
Q. How do you feel about tomorrow and your chances?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, I feel we have a good chance.
Q. So today it was a hard match? Lots of up‑and‑down?
AZAHARA MUNOZ: Yeah, they made too many birdies and we didn't quite answer at the end, so that was the key.
Q. How do you look forward to it tomorrow for the singles?
AZAHARA MUNOZ: Well, they have 12 points left, so I hope we can get as many as we can. Whoever wins tomorrow, will win the cup.
Q. Do you think your team is strong enough?
AZAHARA MUNOZ: I think so. (Indiscernible).
We are tied now at 8‑8, so it is what it is.
Day two morning foursome interviews
Q. We don't have to assume how disappointed you are. Your partner, Juli Inkster, just walked off, 0‑2 as a duo.
BRITTANY LANG: We didn't do that well. I know she's really disappointed because she wants to play well out here. She did well, but she's really upset with how we played.
We did okay today. We did a little bit better, but they played phenomenal golf. They didn't miss many shots and they played great golf.
Q. It didn't appear you guys had your best stuff though, why?
BRITTANY LANG: No, we didn't have our best stuff, but we hung in there. We just didn't have a window.
Any time we'd have a chance to make a birdie, it would burn the edge or get a kick here or there. They were right there putting for birdie anyway.
Q. What did you enjoy hitting today?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I enjoyed hitting irons instead of woods into these greens. And Ryann hit I think every drive except the one on 15 right down the middle. I think we only missed one green today, and alternate shot on this golf course is pretty impressive.
Q. What did you tell Ryann today?
MORGAN PRESSEL: First thing I told her is we're not losing this match. No matter what happens, we're not going to lose. We hadn't played together before. We hadn't practiced together. But just hit it down the middle, fairways and greens, like you do. She made a great shot on 14, and a great shot on 15.
Q. Ryann, how are you feeling about the crowds today?
RYANN O'TOOLE: The same, actually. I love the feel of the crowds. Of course, you're nervous like any other tournament, especially when the first two (Indiscernible).
You've got to love it, live in the moment and rip it down the middle, because that's what you have to do. That's all there is to do.
Q. Two of the players really are struggling.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, I don't know what happened in their match today. But I know yesterday they said Beanie and Azahara played very well. So I don't know what happened today.
But they'll get it together and be ready for this afternoon and tomorrow. I know they have probably two really good matches left, and they can still come out and do their best.
Q. This match was very tough at the end, but you proceeded to win on 16?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, we got off to a good start. Got up early on the first hole, kind of lost it a little bit. But we knew that we had been playing well and we just continued to play well through the rest of the match. Big birdies on 14 and 15 kind of solidified our win.
Q. How is it to change from Christina Kim to Morgan Pressel yesterday afternoon and this morning, is it different?
RYANN O'TOOLE: They're both positive, upbeat people. I mean, both are great players. Christina is very energetic, likes to please the crowd and Morgan as well. But Morgan is a super focused player, great ball striker.
I put it on the fairway. She hit it on the green. We just made a good partnership.
MORGAN PRESSEL: She's crying it was so good. She's so emotional.
Q. How is it to play with a rookie and her approach?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Oh, it's fantastic. I really had a great time playing with Ryann today. We had not practiced together before. Rosie came up to me yesterday and said, What do you think about playing with Ryann? I said, Sounds good, put me in.
It's probably a strange pairing to what most people would think, but we'll take it.
Q. What about this 15th hole? It was very important. Do you think that's the key hole of the game?
RYANN O'TOOLE: Just like any hole, it's very key. You can't give up a shot. You can't give up a hole. Her and I were just going off momentum, especially after 14 making that putt. We knew that 15 was going to be a birdie hole, and we had to have three solid shots and keep the momentum going.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, I think that 14 was a key hole, having lost 13 with a poor decision and it bouncing back, winning that putt on 14 was amazing. The shot into 15 was fantastic.
I always say first one in in match play, and Ryann hit that putt to a foot and a half or that shot on 15 to a foot and a half, and they missed the green. Put a little pressure on them. They hit the green here and then they struggled. So match play you can play like that.
Q. You must be disappointed?
CRISTIE KERR: Yeah, definitely. We tried to apply the pressure on the last hole and hit it on the green. I actually hit a good shot, but it went to the back bunker.
I was trying to fly 8, 10 yards short of the hole and kind of let it come in there. I don't know. I guess the momentum got the better of me there. Paula hit a great bunker shot, so...
Q. Paula, I know the Europeans holed three monster putts in a row against you guys, but you managed to come back strong on 13.
PAULA CREAMER: Yeah, we could have easily been 3‑up there. We had the birdie on 10, and a good look at birdie on 11 and then the bomb on 12, but she made that good putt.
But that's match play. That's what it is out here. A halve is a halve. It is unfortunate, but we were a good team grinding it out. It's always fun playing with Kerr, and they played well.
Q. I don't suppose you think of it from our point of view, but it was really exciting for us.
PAULA CREAMER: Well, I'm glad it was great for TV. But we're trying to represent our country well and get out there and grind it out as much as we can and be a team.
CAROLINE HEDWALL: I'm so excited. I can't believe it. We're playing so well and it's so much fun.
Q. How special to have your sister alongside you caddying for you?
JACQUELINE HEDWALL: Yeah, of course, I was really happy she got a week off from school and could come and help me here.
Q. I understand you weren't going to caddie and you changed your mind, I bet you're pleased you did?
JACQUELINE HEDWALL: Oh, yeah, I love to caddie for my sister all the time and especially this week.
Q. What about all of these fans? They want to make their presence felt.
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Oh, yeah, they're great. It's awesome to see.
Q. What about Sophie as a partner. She's so fantastic, so much experience, tell us what she brought to your game?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Well, she's really self‑confident, and that really ‑‑ I feel confident when I play with her, and she's really calm, so it makes it easy to play with her.
Q. Well done to both of you.
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Thank you.
Q. Talk about yesterday's victory and today's victory?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Well, I think it was pretty simple. We played really solid and didn't make a single bogey on the foursome, and that's pretty awesome.
Q. What about the difference between the foursome and the fourballs? Is there a difference?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Yeah, of course, you can't really be as aggressive when you play foursome. We try to play smart instead and just try to make our pars, and we managed to do that. It was a good day.
Q. Do you know if you are going to play this afternoon?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: We'll see. I haven't seen the team yet for the afternoon, but of course I want to play.
Q. You seem to have won so early in the course. Is it something you are thinking?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Well, I don't really think about that. I'm just happy that we got a point for Europe.
Q. What about now? Are you going to have more rest?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Of course, it's always good to get a little more rest. I'm excited. I want to go out and play again.
Q. Caroline, congratulations, second big win in a row. You must be thrilled?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Oh, yeah, of course. Sophie and I played great today, too. So we had a lot of fun.
Q. Your partnership with Sophie seems to be working out really well?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: For sure. We both played really well, and that of course helps, and I really enjoyed playing with her.
Q. The fact that they've both been big wins as well, you haven't been under pressure in either of the matches you've played so far?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Well, there's pressure in the beginning of the match and you need to make those putts.
But it's always nice to win and win big.
Q. What has been the key to success to this point?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Well, I think just hitting a lot of greens (Inaudible). We can't make many mistakes if we want to beat them. I think that's the key. Thank you.
Q. First match of the Solheim Cup for you. Was it difficult the last three holes?
CHRISTEL BOELJON: Yeah, it was. We didn't hit the green so we had to scramble all the way around. But we have a lot of golf left, and hopefully we can get out this afternoon and get a point back.
Q. What about this partnership with Karen Stupples? Is it a good partnership?
CHRISTEL BOELJON: It is, yeah. We like each other a lot. I think we both have a great game, and they have not played that well on the back nine, but that's the way golf is.
You can't be 100% every single time. So, yeah, we work well.
Q. What are you going to do now, get some rest?
CHRISTEL BOELJON: Yeah, we've got a few groups coming in still, so I'll be watching them and get ready for the afternoon.
Q. How do you feel the course played today?
KAREN STUPPLES: I thought it played very nicely today. Obviously, the weather conditions were a bit better today, so it played very nicely.
Q. How do you think that reflects on your own game?
KAREN STUPPLES: I didn't play as well today as I played yesterday to be perfectly honest with you. Yesterday I was really firing on all cylinders.
That's golf some days. You have good days, you have bad days, and today wasn't as good as yesterday for me. It had nothing to do with the weather or anything, just me.
Q. (Asking about playing with Christel and her being a rookie?)
KAREN STUPPLES: A little bit, but you know what, I'm happy to take that ball and take that putt. It's what it is. If it means that everybody else can see that Europe will win the session and win the point, that's what we're all about. And she's a fantastic player, who wouldn't mind player with her anyway, so...
Q. What was going through your mind standing over it and talk about how good it felt to hole it?
AZAHARA MUNOZ: I was just thinking I couldn't let Catriona down. We had been fighting so hard all day. I just said I've hit a million balls like this, so I just focused and I hit it.
Q. What can you say about this young lady?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Oh, it's fantastic. I'm glad I hit the first putt. I was thinking they were going to hole and I was trying to make it ‑‑ but Aza was up to it.
Q. You have a lot of experience, Catriona. How much pressure do you endure in a match of that type?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: You feel a tremendous amount of pressure. It was kind of close all day, and we wanted to get the half a point so we could win that series. We hit some really good shots at some key holes. Aza hit a great putt on 16, and then they made a good birdie on 17.
Q. Fourball this afternoon, hoe much are you looking forward to that?
AZAHARA MUNOZ: I'm going now, so I'm very much looking forward to it.
Q. The pressure you must have been under standing over that putt on the 18th with so many people around, can you describe it?
AZAHARA MUNOZ: Yeah, I hit a lot of putts like that in my life, so that's what I was thinking. I've made a lot of them, just focus and hit it. It wasn't that far, so...
Q. With so many people watching?
AZAHARA MUNOZ: I know, but you know what, we've played so good today. We made really good putts and I think we deserved to make that one.
Q. It was a really close match wasn't it, never more than one hole, was it?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, it was. We both played well, all four of us. We made some good birdies and holed some good putts just around the turn we were 1‑down or even. It was a good game and we were able to get half.
Q. Can you talk about your game and all the people around the last game? It was very intense for you, was it?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, with the last game all the crowds are there, and you really want to try to get that half point. It was a great putt we made there at the last.
Q. The last hole was very important. Were you focusing on every shot?
AZAHARA MUNOZ: Of course, but I was kind of lucky because Catriona hit a huge driver, so I only had 125 to the pin. So thank you.
Q. What about the last tee shot was very impressive?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, I was just really get on the fairway and at least have a shot at the green. But I think I was more pumped up and had a few extra yards.
Q. You had a lot of confidence today?
AZAHARA MUNOZ: Yeah, I didn't make that many putts at the beginning.
But we both made pretty important putts on the back nine, so that was huge for us.
Q. Are you going to stay and play?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: I think Aza's going back, and I'm going to have a rest.
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