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Women’s Golf Is Brilliant!

by Aidan Elder | September 26, 2011

If there’s one thing better than beating Americans every two years, it’s beating Americans every single year. Whether it’s the chance to express furious anger towards their neo-imperialistic foreign policy, the catastrophic domino effect of their sub-prime mortgages crisis or the global scourge that is Glee, there’s something about the transatlantic rivalry especially suited to the slowly unfolding narrative of a round of matchplay golf. There’s always something to cheer, an opponent to detest and at least one member of the crowd shouting ‘get in the hole’ on every single shot. It’s beautiful.

The stars aligned perfectly for the event too. After watching the tedium of the Cardiff v Leicester match, the prospect of QPR v Aston Villa at 4pm wouldn’t have had too many people clambering to watch another game of football, so the chances are there was a huge spike in the TV audience. It was hard not to get swept up in it too. With their extensive patriotic face-paint, overly complicated range of headwear and their general arrogant demeanour, the Americans were easy to cast in the role of the baddie. The Europeans may have had equally outrageous face-paint, hats and unappealing behaviour, but I choose to ignore it and got behind the European women with the blind patriotism the bureaucrats in Brussels probably dream of instilling into the citizens of the future European nation-state. Azahara Muñoz Guijarro – I never heard of you before yesterday, but I will always remember you. For the rest of this week at least.

It was a real topsy-turvy afternoon, with the last hour or so providing huge sporting drama. The last time I saw that many angry women create such tension was in the last series of Prisoner Cell Block H. Here’s how the final day of the Solheim Cup unfolded via the medium of betting odds.

Solheim Cup Odds

Pre-Day 3: There’s drama before a ball is teed up in anger as Cristie Kerr is forced to pull out of her singles match due to a wrist injury. I’m not sure what the medical fraternity call it, but in the school I went too it would be labelled ‘wanker’s cramp’ and be teased remorselessly until someone called the teacher ‘mum’ and we all moved on to slagging that person remorselessly. It hands Europe a point and moves them into a 9-8 lead over the Americans.

Most of the afternoon: In typical match-play style, the afternoon’s play is a mass of nip, tuck and thunderstorms. Play is halted a couple of times due to the chance of lightning, but then it’s remembered that it’s County Meath and the prospect of having to stay until Monday is far worse than a quick and painful death. After several swings and many roundabouts, the Europeans finally look to be in control and at about 5.10pm they’re 4/7 to win the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003.

5.35pm: Almost in the blink of an eye, things turn crap for the Europeans and the Americans are suddenly giving the underdog a solid whupping. It looks very much like they’re on course to take them to the 14 point mark that ensures they hold on to the trophy and more than likely win the 2011 event outright. They’re 1/5 to win, with the Europeans drifting out to 12/1 in running.

5.55pm onwards: Just when we’re about to throw the tees out of the pram and declare ‘this competition is stupid anyway, we’re going home’ there’s an incredible fightback. Suzann Pettersen leads the recovery with 3 three birdies in the closing three holes to turn a one hole deficit into a hole win. Her excellent approach shots on 16, 17 and 18 left her with putts totalling a distance of 18 feet. It’s supreme play under immense pressure and at about 6.01pm the contest turns decisively in Europe’s favour.

See you in Medinah in 2012, notion of US golf that I find so annoying for three days every 12 months.

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  1. elflaco1 said on September 26, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    If only Maria Verchenova would get her act together and start playing non-dreadful golf, the Solheim cup would be complete.

    I enjoyed that article by the way.

  2. Aidan said on September 26, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    Cheers elflaco.

    Here’s a randomly selected page from her website – http://www.mariaverchenova.com/photo_1.html

    Although this photo might explain why she didn’t make this year’s Solheim Cup team:

    If you are looking for your ball in a window frame, you have missed the fairway by some distance.

  3. Smoggie said on September 26, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    I have to say I was impressed with the talent on show, and I don’t mean the Scandinavian blonde bombshells Petterson, Nordvist, and Reid (who is English, but looks Scandinavian), but the fantastic golf. The putting was amazing, some sensational hole outs by both teams players really ramped up the excitement.
    Carolin Hedwall’s gutsy fight back on the final couple of holes to steal a ½ point and Suzann Peterson’s trio of birdies in the last three underlined Europe’s determination to halt the US domination of the competition.
    Even my the wife, who hates golf, watched the closing stages, commenting that the USA team looks like “The Stepford Wives” and Michelles Wie was wearing way too much lipstick and that “she looks petulant”!!
    Nice piece Aidan, and well done for highlighting this tremendous achievement by the European ladies and a terrific spectacle in Ireland. It is a shame much of the media seem to have largely ignored the event. Even the BBC’s online golf page have La Cava’s appointment as Tiger Woods’ new caddy as it’s headline instead, shame!
    Like the pic of Verchenova, any chance we could have one of Sandra Gal, the, er, talented German?

  4. elflaco1 said on September 26, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    ….and that would be one of her better shots.

    Europe’s unexpectedly impressive performance has led me to conclude that there was a ringer in the team.
    There is no player called Christel Boeljon. It’s a pseudonym for a certain Northern Irish player…

    Christel Boejon?

    Rory McIlroy?

  5. Aidan said on September 26, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    Well said Smoggie.

    I’d love to include a picture of Sandra Gal, but I’m not sure how to shoehorn in a reference to her.
    Is this the Sandra Gal you’re talking about?

  6. Aidan said on September 26, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    I thought exactly the same thing yesterday. Stealing the plot of a certain Rodney Dangerfield classic are they?

  7. Smoggie said on September 26, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    I think so, not 100% sure though…do you have another pic just so I can be sure??

  8. Golf Betting said on January 25, 2012 @ 5:57 am

    Very nice blog with some handy information.

  9. Golf Betting said on March 10, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    I also appreciate it. We have some great women golf player and it proves that women’s golf is brilliant.

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