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By Ali Stafford and Jamie Weir at Finca Cortesin
Last updated: 09/19/23 10:54 a.m.
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The latest news from Finca Cortesin ahead of the 2023 Solheim Cup, including lost golf bags, possible pairing hints and a special message to Harry Kane’s Team Europe.
Early setback for the American team
US captain Stacy Lewis took to social media to try to help one of her most experienced squad members after Danielle Kang’s clubs failed to travel to Spain.
Kang, who also had problems with her luggage between the Amundi Evian Championship and the AIG Women’s Open last month, had her luggage go missing on a flight with her American teammates from Amsterdam to Malaga on Monday.
The former KPMG Women’s PGA champion pleaded with airline Transavia on social media and shared full details of her bags in hopes of getting them to Spain, with Lewis also trying to locate Kang le’s golf clubs as quickly as possible.
Kang’s message Monday evening read: “My captain and the entire US team had a hand in this, but someone please put my golf bag on the next flight from Amsterdam to Malaga. He missed every flight he could have gotten on today.”
Lewis also took to social media to try and locate the missing equipment, posting: “I would like some help locating a set of golf clubs… some kind of big tournament happening this week!”
A backup set of clubs for Kang is expected to arrive at Finca Cortesin late Tuesday evening, although there are fears his original clubs may have been entirely lost or at least unrecoverable in time for Friday.
Kang was seen playing with spare wedges while the rest of the U.S. team played on the course on Tuesday.
Does Europe offer the first clues of a match?
Team Europe was out early Tuesday morning for their practice round, with the opening group leaving around 8:30 a.m. local time, while the three-ball threes offered pairs that could well be used on tournament days.
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Vice-captain Anna Nordqvist was in the same group as Caroline Hedwall, having partnered in three previous Solheim Cups, with Leona Maguire – record holder in 2021 – joined by Madelene Sagstrom to complete this first timeout.
Swedish rookies Linn Grant and Maja Stark came out together and experienced duo team golf, with local favorite Carlota Ciganda joined by her 2017 four-ball partner Emily Pedersen.
Céline Boutier and Georgia Hall – unbeaten together in four matches in the last two Solheim Cups – were part of the final eliminated group, which started a little later due to travel problems arriving in Spain on Monday, with Gemma Dryburgh also involved.
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The only European player not involved was Charley Hull, who woke up with a stiff neck and did not want to risk playing a full practice round. Hull has received treatment from her physiotherapist and the injury is not cause for concern, with the Englishwoman seen playing instead.
How do players approach the first hole?
When you look at the first tee box and it says a 280 yard par-four, that only tells half the story until you turn around and see what awaits the players. It truly is a spectacular tee shot over the water!
If you talk to any statistician, they will all tell you how important it is to get off to a good start in these match play tournaments. In fourballs, a player can take a chance and it’s safe to play, whereas in foursomes, it’s a little trickier and a lot of balls will end up in the drink.
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We saw the longer hitters experiment with a driver and even a three-wood today to get to the green, while others use an iron or hybrid to leave a shot. Eagle Twos are possible, but so are big numbers. opening hole.
Kane shows his support for Team Europe
The match play drama is attracting interest from across the sporting world, with Harry Kane among stars from other sports who will be watching with interest Europe’s bid for a third successive Solheim Cup victory.
Kane shared a good luck message via social media to offer his support to Suzann Pettersen’s side, on behalf of the entire England squad, with the Bayern Munich striker admitting he will be following the competition closely later this week.
In the video, Kane said: “Hello everyone, it’s Harry Kane here. I’m just sending a message of good luck to the European Solheim Cup team. The Solheim Cup starts on September 18 and I will be watching it , so I wish you all the best from me and the whole England team. Good luck!”
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