by Jeff Skinner
U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Meg Mallon is in full panic mode as her team faces almost certain defeat at the hands of a solid European team who holds a seemingly insurmountable lead.
With the team matches complete Europe holds a 10.5 to 5.5 lead and only needs 3.5 points to retain the Cup. Euro Captain Liselotte Nuemann pushed her luck in the Saturday afternoon matches as she rested her two biggest players and got away with it. Suzann Pettersen and Catriona Matthew sat out and still the Europeans took all four points to put the Americans into a very deep hole.
Today, Mallon has front loaded her pairings in the Sunday Singles hoping her big name players can get some momentum early and stop a total white wash by the Europeans.
It will be the first ever Solheim Cup win on foreign soil for the Europeans and Caroline Hedwall has a chance to become the first player to earn a 5-0 record in the event. She sits at 4-0 and faces Michelle Wie today.
If Mallon’s players are to win the cup they will need a comeback of historic proportions to do it. The way many of the Americans have performed this week that seems very unlikely.
Get ready to watch another European team spray champagne on American soil. It’s all over but the crying.