Moodie’s fighting talk
Janice Moodie, one of Europe’s wild card picks for the Solheim Cup, has come up with some early fighting talk.
US Wild card Michelle Wie cannot wait for her Solheim Cup debut later this month – but one of Europe’s equivalents, Janice Moodie, has already let it be known how much she is also looking forward to getting back into an event in which twice before she has played for the winning side
Moodie was picked along with Wales’ Becky Brewerton and Swede Anna Nordqvist on Sunday night and in the presence of the American team said: “I’ll start the rivalry. I’ve been in two and I’ve won two.”
The 36-year-old, a mother just like new British Open champion and fellow Scot Catriona Matthew, helped Europe to victory in 2000 and 2003.
Not only that, her record so far reads six wins, one halved game and only one defeat.
But even though Matthew’s win means that Europe can boast two of this season’s major winners – Nordqvist is the other – and the Americans have only Brittany Lincicome, it is Beth Daniel’s side who will start as strong favourites at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois on August 21.
The naming of 19-year-old Wie as a wild card was fully expected after she finished 11th at Royal Lytham and 49-year-old Juli Inkster, a seven-time cup player and seven-time major winner, was no surprise either.
Wie had only this season to collect points after coming through the Tour qualifying school, but although she has still to win her first professional title she had a second, two thirds and has not missed a single cut.
“I’m so honoured and so thrilled,” she said. “It was one of my big goals and I am so excited to be representing my country.
“I will do my best not to let her (Daniel) down.”
Wie also commented: “I’ve been nudging her and Meg (assistant Meg Mallon) and badgering them a bit. I feel on the brink of playing really well.
“I’ve been having fun on the course, but at the same time there’s a lot of pressure – I won’t lie. I want to do as well as people want me to do, or even better.”
Europe’s side also includes 45-year-old Laura Davies, who extends her record of playing in every match to 11, and Swede Helen Alfredsson, who was the non-playing captain in her home country two years ago.
The United States won that by four points and lead the series 7-3. Moreover, they have yet to lose at home.
But European captain Alison Nicholas will be hoping Matthew’s three-stroke victory boosts the confidence of her entire side.
“I’m delighted with the 12,” she stated. “There’s a balance of youth and experience and great personalities.”
THE TEAMS ARE
Gwladys Nocera (Fra)
Tania Elosegui (Spa)
Diana Luna (Ita)
Laura Davies (Eng)
Sophie Gustafson (Swe)
Suzann Pettersen (Nor)
Helen Alfredsson (Swe)
Catriona Matthew (Sco)
Maria Hjorth (Swe)
Becky Brewerton (Wal)
Janice Moodie (Sco)
Anna Nordqvist (Swe)
Non-playing captain: Alison Nicholas
Non-playing captain: Beth Daniels
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