The American Solheim Cup team are confident that Inverness Club will prove to their advantage in their attempt to reclaim the Cup in September.
US captain Pat Hurst has invited several Solheim Cup prospects to Inverness Club, the site of the upcoming game, to play a practice round on Monday in Toledo, Ohio. The players included veterans Brittany Altomare Cup, Austin Ernst, Danielle Kang, Megan Khang, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lincicome, Lizette Salas and Angel Yin. Potential newbies Mina Harigae, Cheyenne Knight and Jennifer Kupcho also took the opportunity to check out Donald Ross’s design.
Many would-be members of the U.S. team got their first glimpse of Inverness last July when the course hosted the Drive On LPGA Championship on the return of the LPGA from the pandemic. Kang won that week, his first consecutive victory on tour.
âIt was a little different,â Kang told GolfChannel.com, comparing the course she encountered on Monday to the one she played it a year ago. âRight now they’re heading to where it’s going to be for the Solheim Cup, so I don’t mean it’s slower or anything. They are getting ready.
Altomare was one of the few players willing to divulge the feedback the team gave Captain Hurst in terms of setup. As Khang reiterated, they were unwilling to reach out to their European counterparts, who stole the cup from the Americans for the first time since 2013 with their narrow victory at Gleaneagles in 2019.
âThe Americans have long hitters who I think will help. Especially if the greens are really firm they’re going to have shorter clubs coming in, âAltomare said. “Our short games are really good, so if they can get tough and make it tough in that aspect, I think it’s going to be really tough.”
While Khang says she expects the hall to play the same as when they hosted the Drive On, the Americans are hoping they can move a number of tees and increase the length of the rough, which, according to them, will be more difficult for the Europeans.
âI don’t know if I want to tell you in case any Europeans are listening, but we have given some comments,â Khang said. âWe’ll see what Pat and the staff can do given the weather conditions, but we’re definitely looking for things that will benefit us a little more. “
As well as using the training day as an opportunity to assess the setup options for the Solheim Cup, captain Hurst also used the time to observe the groups of potential players. Hurst said in May that she intended to keep the pod system that was previously used by Juli Inkster, who has captained the last three teams in the United States Solheim Cup, but with a small adjustment. Hurst implements a behavioral profile system to better group players for competition.
In a possible preview of the pod on Monday, Khang, Kang, Ernst and Korda performed together. Salas also joined the group, but she did not play because her clubs did not arrive on time.
âAustin and Danielle, they beat us for nine holes,â said Khang, who teamed up with Korda for the game. “It was good, we could see that there were birdies there and it’s great to see right now, a few months before the Solheim Cup, the course is in great condition and it will only be s. ‘improve.”
The Americans expect a fun but difficult test for the Solheim Cup, as the course will offer not only a number of birdie opportunities, but some unexpected bogeys as well. The scorecard has two par 3s and a single par 5 on the top nine. There is only one par 3 and a par 5 at the back.
âThis golf course is a tough trail from tee to green and around the green,â Kang said. âIt’s going to be a lot of back and forth and I think it will be fun. “
The Solheim Cup will be a lot more fun for the winning side at Inverness.
The Americans are confident they will be able to shape the course to their advantage to reclaim the cup.