American Danielle Kang seeking to 'crush' Europe in the Solheim Cup

  • American Danielle Kang seeking to 'crush' Europe in the Solheim Cup

American Danielle Kang seeking to 'crush' Europe in the Solheim Cup

The Floridian has played 11 Solheim Cup matches, winning five, losing two and drawing four.

'You're trying to take souls, you know.

Catriona Matthew has played in nine matches, most recently in 2017 when she won three points from a possible four to move into third place on the all-time points list on 22.

Like with Paul McGinley five years ago, Europe has a diligent, calm captain who comes alive in the team room and has the Solheim Cup in her blood.

There are four Englishwomen in the 12-strong team - Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Bronte Law.

'Some scores haven't matched that but I feel like I've been playing a lot better the second half of the season'.

Kang, who made her major breakthrough in the 2017 Women's PGA Championship, clearly revels in the highly-charged, up-and-at-'em environment of the team format.

"Six rookies, but six great rookies", was how 59-year-old Inkster summed up the situation.

The form of the most experienced player from either team - Suzann Pettersen - will be firmly in focus.

USA captain Juli Inkster is embracing what she's got and not holding the newbies back.

The 38-year-old had been selected as a vice-captain but despite missing the cut in her first two events back this year, Matthew picked her to play.

And a pretty good dancer, as she showed her players in Iowa, where she claimed ownership of the first tee as her turf. At Loch Lomond in 2000, the insistence by American players that Annika Sorenstam replay a shot just about caused an worldwide incident.

Ally McDonald, drafted in as a late replacement for the injured Stacy Lewis, joins Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Megan Khang, Nelly Korda and Annie Park in making their debuts.

"It's my job to bring fun back to the Solheim Cup", Inkster said.

United States of America may be the odds-on favourites to defend their title and boast a much stronger team in terms of world ranking, but Inkster's team don't have as much Solheim Cup experience as their counterparts. "No, we want it attractive weather so the galleries can get out there and enjoy themselves and just cheer us on and be the 13th man out there, because that's what the home-soil advantage gives you".

"However, since we're in Scotland, I don't know what I'm going to hear".

Bookmakers expect this year's tournament to be a close affair, with Team USA to win 14.5 to 13.5 a 15/2 favorite.

She introduced herself to the world in spectacular fashion as an emerging talent in Northern California, becoming the first woman in the modern era to win three consecutive U.S. Women's Amateurs.

Karen Stupples remembers feeling a bit lost during her first Solheim Cup in 2005.

The first Solheim Cup was staged at Lake Nona, Florida in 1990.

Another home victory in 2003 for Europe was followed by three American successes.

The US turned to Solheim Cup veteran Inkster as captain for the 2015 event in Germany but while Europe led 10-6 heading into Sunday's singles, the US won eight-and-a-half points out of 12 to snatch victory. Because golf, we lose most of the time.

The PGA Centenary course hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup, when Europe's men beat their USA counterparts 16½-11½ and there are a number of holes that could be key to the outcome of matches.

The 16th hole - Lochan Loup - do you lay up short of the water, or go for the green in two on this long par five? A heavily contoured green means there's no certainty you'll get down in two.