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Rookies could give Europe the edge

 

In-form English rookie Melissa Reid is confident that Europe has what it takes to break America’s strangle hold on the Solheim Cup this year.

America will head into the golf tournament at Killeen Castle golf course in Ireland as hot favourites, having won the last three events in a row.

But Reid believes that this could be the year that Europe will give America a golf lesson.

The 24-year-old arrived in Ireland full of confidence after winning the Spanish Open.

She has won three European Tour titles in just over a year on tour, success that she admits was unexpected.

"I wasn't really expecting much from the week – just working on a few things. But it's always nice to win – a nice little early birthday present. And obviously great preparation for me coming into this week," Reid said.

Reid led the automatic standings for qualification and is one of five rookies on the European team.

The fact that Europe has so many rookies could actually work in their favour, as none of them will be intimidated by previous losses to the Americans.

“It is my first time so I can't really say too much, but Laura (Davies) said this week does feel a bit different.

"I think everyone in the team is playing well. The past two or three months everyone has kind of come into form and everyone is very confident. The rookies are not fazed. I don't feel fazed at all – just playing golf, trying to do the best that you can," she said.

Reid also hopes having home support will give the Europeans an extra edge.

"I think we are going to come in as underdogs, with the world rankings and stuff," she said. "But the team are feeling good. And with the home support – and especially being in Ireland – you are always going to get a big crowd. The whole team is just feeling very, very good about this week, so we'll see."

Player Country
European Solheim Cup Team
Christel Boeljon Holland
Laura Davies England
Sangra Gal Germany
Sophie Gustafson Sweden
Caroline Hedwall Sweden
Maria Hjorth Sweden
Catriona Matthew Scotland
Azahara Munoz Spain
Anna Norqvist Sweden
Suzann Pettersen Norway
Melissa Reid England
Karen Stupples England
 


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