Reid: Underdogs Europe can win

Melissa Reid, fresh from her third win in a year, believes Europe “can do it” at this week’s Solheim Cup at Killen Castle.

England’s Melissa Reid, fresh from her third LET win in a year, believes underdogs Europe can beat strong favourites USA in this week’s Solheim Cup at Killen Castle.

The USA will start as the overwhelming favourites, the 24-year-old Solheim Cup rookie concedes, but Europe, she believes has the right blend of youth and experience and are playing well enough to surprise the Americans and win the Cup for the first time in eight years

Reid is making her first appearance in the contest after topping the European qualifying standings following three wins in the past year, the most recent being her victory in the Spanish Women’s Open last week

She is one of five Solheim Cup first-timers in Alison Nicholas’s European squad but feels that along with the experience of seasoned team-mates like Laura Davies, the Europeans can upset the odds.

“I think everyone in the team is playing well,” Reid says. “In the past two or three months everyone has kind of come into form and everyone is very confident.

“The rookies are not fazed. I don’t feel fazed at all – just playing golf, trying to do the best that you can.

“I think we are going to come in as underdogs, with the world rankings and stuff, but the team are feeling good.

“And with the home support – and especially being in Ireland – you are always going to get a big crowd. The whole team is just feeling very, very good about this week.”