Published 7:16 a.m. ET September 12, 2019
GLENEAGLES, Scotland – Megan Khang walked through the long narrow tunnel which follows the first tee at Solheim Cup on Monday, he looked at the empty stands and shouted "Let's be that!"
The climb cannot wait until the 2,250 seats race around Gleneagles's first tee will be seen when the US-Europe competition starts on Friday morning. She can imagine all she wants, even saying the words aloud, but each former Khang Solid will tell her that nothing can prepare her at the moment. She must live.
And so it will be available to six American rocket, the largest since Solheim's first 1990's when everyone was a rookie. In 1992 and 2002 there were five students on the US Team. The home team won both events.
The Americans and Europeans both tell us that these are not real rookies. That is, each of the nine complainants on both sides has a lot of professional experience. They are all competing on the LPGA. The LPGA has won five out of nine.
But there is no progress ever that half of the US team did this ever before. And only Lexi Thompson, Lizette Salas and Morgan Pressel ever competed on the road at the Solheim Cup.
Even the alternate man who replaced Stacy Lewis – Ally McDonald.
(Standing from left to right) Brittany Altomare, Angel Yin, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda, Annie Park, Danielle Kang, Ally McDonald and (Sit from left to right) Morgan Pressel, Megan Khang, captain Juli Inkster, Lizette Salas and Alex Marina create an official photo of the USA Staff. (Photo: Naomi Baker, Getty Images)
The captain, Julia Inkster, is accepting the things she found and not being in possession of new goods.
"We're not doing a veteran with a rookie," Inkster said. "I'm going to send me a couple together. So they have to grow up sometime. … Everybody is a rookie once, and it happens that they have one."
Nancy Lopez, one of Inkster assistants, said that had been a rookie in anything boosting her game.
"I wanted to show everyone how good I was," Lopez said.
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Of course, there were some American rookies in recent years who were very crazy: Paula Creamer (3½ points), Michelle Wie (3½) and Danielle Kang (3). They were all playing on American soil.
These rookies are seasoned, but fans of the LPGA just don't know their stories. Many sportspeople will get their first glimpse of players such as Brittany Altomare (who could be painted with Lexi Thompson) along with Marina Alex and Ally McDonald (who could be painted together in an alternative shot). considering scene on the first Wednesday Wednesday) at the Solheim Cup. This step may be what motivates some of them to win the LPGA for the time. It might put pressure on someone like Nelly Korda closer to being No. 1 in the world.
Karen Stupples remembers that it was lost during her first Solheim Cup in 2005.
"There wasn't enough rookies on the team," said Stupples, "and you feel you are the only person who doesn't know what's going on. And everyone wants to prepare themselves for the battle that is on." imminent, so no one has time to build you under his wing and the ropes to show you and help you around. "
With half of the team in the same location, Stupples made a reasoning, he must be less poor than the rookies. Many people have similar experiences.
With Lewis, who is injured back, as a player, his new role as an assistant could be equally useful. Lewis has so much information and now has more time to share it.
"She walked with us today," said Kang. "She was explaining the golf course to me. And I'm sure that I wouldn't have got that insight if she wasn't an assistant captain."
Technically, Lewis cannot be an assistant captain as it is set in the captain's agreement that there can only be three, while Inkster each time: Pat Hurst, Wendy Ward and Lopez.
"Overall, I intend that they are doing so much and that rookies must not think too much of it," Khang said. "We just have to read the text and the type of throw to tell us."
Sounds so simple.
The truth is, no one knows how rookie will react until she goes into the boiler. Kang and his false personality put up the love in Des Moines. Altomare's cool recovery and a strong game could make it the most serious threat in the competition.
European vice captain Laura Davies wants the sun to lie in Scotland.
"Everyone says we'd have a bit of rain for the Americans," Davies said. "No, we want beautiful weather so the galleries can go out there and enjoy themselves and only encourage them to be on the 13th man out there, because that's the advantage gives you the advantage. "
That's what these six American rockets have to see.