Monday, August 19

BBC Sport: 'Europe Thrash US to Retain Solheim Cup'

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I COULDN'T WATCH THE FINAL DAY of the 2013 Solheim Cup. Our cable was out, so I periodically checked the status of the matches online.

With Europe building a five-point lead, it was more or less over on Saturday night. A historic U.S. rally was not to be. Instead, it was a historic European victory, an 18-10 rout, Europe's first win on U.S. soil.

The coverage I've read includes verbs like "thrash" and "thump." Understandably so. Europe was dominant.

BBC Sport reported:
As well as a first win on foreign soil, it was the first time Europe have retained the trophy since the competition was first played in 1990. 
Swede [Caroline] Hedwall, so impressive in the 2011 victory at Killeen Castle in Ireland, became the first player in the history of the trophy to win all five of her matches when she beat Michelle Wie with a birdie on the 18th to give Europe an unassailable 14-7 lead. 
[Catriona] Matthew secured a par on the 18th to tie her match with Gerina Piller to earn an outright win. 
She told Sky Sports: "I was shaking. My knees were shaking. I knew if I got a half we would win it outright. 
"It beats [winning the Open in 2009]. Any time you can celebrate with your 11 team-mates it makes it more exciting, more fun."
More entertaining are the article comments at BBC Sport. A sampling:

richakn: "It's the first time I've watched women's golf and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Great skill level, passion and drama. Nice to see the Americans sulking and moaning when beaten, just like the men's game. It would however be nice if the American fans could think up something other than the monotonous 'USA' chants every 2 wife is still convinced I'm watching for the outfits."

Peter Moran: "The European team were fantastic; great swings, loads of skill and nerves of steel. Congrats to all of them, it was great entertainment watching them thrash the Americans."

bigbird6160: "Well done ladies. That showed the yanks. Better in both men's and women's golf."

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Armchair Golf, I watched most of the coverage....And maybe , the response from the UK media was a reaction to poor sports-womanship from our players....
Michelle Wie & Pressel were the 2 worst offenders, they couldn't afford their opponents the courtesy of waiting to make sure their opponents finished putting...instead they would make their putts & just run off to the next tee....disgusting to see this happen in golf.

It was so infuriating that even Judy Rankin had something to say about it several times during the telecast.

The better team won & the more classy team also won.