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5 things to know for the United States against Europe in Inverness

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Organizers expect around 150,000 people to attend this week’s Solheim Cup, but with the pandemic underway, there won’t be many fans on the European side. Not even for gamers.

“It is unfortunate that none of our families are here to share this experience,” said European veteran Anna Nordqvist. “The Solheim Cup is a very big moment for me and my family. They come to dress and this is one of the few tournaments they can all participate in. So it will be difficult for all of us and especially for those who cannot share this first experience with their families or close friends who really want to be here.

Golfers on the 10th hole in the first round of the LPGA Drive On Championship at Inverness Club. (Photo: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports)

European captain Catriona Matthew tweeted that her home club, North Berwick, Scotland, will stay open late so members can watch the Solheim on TV together.

“Rather than just thinking that we’re going to have a few fans,” Matthew said, “we really expect very, I mean, basically a few fans. Obviously, a few Europeans who maybe live in the United States can. get here, but it certainly won’t be the same presence we normally have in an away game.

“But I think the players are going to be mentally prepared, so I think that gives them just another challenge and something else to try to overcome and get that victory.”