As the Solheim Cup gets underway tomorrow, the eyes of the golf world will be on Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois to see whether the U.S. or European team will come away with the victory. Although the U.S. team has been heavily favored to win the cup, there is a lot of golf to be played to determine a winner. Two Nike Golf athletes will be taking part in the event, but on opposite sides of the matchup — rookie Michelle Wie for Team U.S. and Suzann Pettersen for Team Europe.
Michelle Wie is a Solheim Cup rookie and was a captain’s pick for the team. She will need to rely on her match play experience as an amateur to be able to hold her own in this year’s matches. Michelle was the 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion, and runner-up in 2004. She was also a member of the victorious 2004 Curtis Cup team posting a 2-2 record in her matches at that event. Michelle will have to recall those positive experiences to make her participation in this year’s Solheim Cup a success.
Suzann Pettersen is a Solheim Cup veteran, making her fifth successive appearance at this year’s event. She has an overall 8-3-5 record and has accumulated 10.5 points since joining Team Europe in 2002. Suzann has been a key member of the European team and has contributed to winning several pivotal matches in the past several Solheim Cup events. She is a fierce competitor and will be a tough opponent for whomever she faces on Team USA.
It will be an interesting three days at this year’s Solheim Cup, and I have a feeling that the matches might be closer than many of the experts are predicting. Another interesting development would be if Wie and Pettersen happen to face each other in any of the matches — if that ends up being the case we’ll update this post to report the results. Either way we’ll need to wait to see which team ends up hoisting the crystal on Sunday.