Solheim Cup: Captains announce Friday morning pairings

Solheim Cup team captains Juli Inkster and Catriona Matthew have announced their Friday morning foursome pairings.

Friday Foursomes

                                Team Europe                                                     Team USA

8.10am: Carlota Ciganda and Bronte Law vs. Morgan Pressel and Marina Alex

8.22am: Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier vs. Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare

8.34am: Caroline Masson and Jodi Ewart Shadoff vs. Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda

8.46am: Charley Hull and Azahara Munoz vs. Megan Khang and Annie Park

Team Europe will sit out Anna Nordqvist, Anne Van Dam, Caroline Hedwall and Suzann Pettersen.

Meanwhile, Team USA captain Juli Inkster has rested Angel Yin, Danielle Kang, Lizette Salas and Ally McDonald for the first matches of this year’s Solheim Cup.

Talking about the thinking behind the pairings, Team USA captain Juli Inkster revealed that she was keen to get her rookies hitting balls early.

“I really wanted to get my rookies out there in the morning and get them out there playing,” she said.

“That was a lot of our thinking.

“And I feel like we’ve got some pretty good rookie alternate shot players, so we’ll see how they do.”

Her opposite number, Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew, revealed that the thinking in the European camp had been much the same.

“A little bit the same actually; we wanted to try and get as many rookies out as we could the first day, the first morning,” she said.

“It’s just that’s a long hang-on if they wait to go any later.

“And they’re all keyed up, ready to go.

“So, kind of wanted to get them out.”

Notably, the Korda sisters for Team USA will be the first sisters to play together in Solheim Cup history, and Inkster revealed that Jessica and her sister Nelly asked to be paired together. Something Inkster wasn’t keen on at first.

“You know, they actually asked me to play together,” she said.

“I wasn’t too keen on it, I don’t know.

“But the more I thought about it, it would be stupid not to play them.

“I mean, this is not often you get two sisters on one team.

“They should have the right to play together.

“And Jessica said, why don’t you see how we play in the Dow together; if we kill each other then maybe not put us together.

“But if we do okay, can you think about putting us together?

“So, that was kind of our thinking.”

Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew also revealed that they didn’t really have any pairing for the morning that caused them difficulty.

“Do you know what? We didn’t actually ponder too much on those,” she said.

“We kind of had those ones in our minds and that’s the ones we want.

“We have a couple of ones out there for the afternoon that just kind of fitted nicely, and those were the ones we wanted to hopefully try and play everyone the first day.

“So, they were just kind of the natural pairings, to be honest.”

The Foursomes will be followed by the Fourballs in the afternoon.

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