The Solheim Cup
Rich Harvest Farms
Sugar Grove, Ill.
Aug. 21, 2009
Friday afternoon Foursome interviews

U.S. Team

Christina Kim/Natalie Gulbis (USA) def. Sophie Gustafson/Suzann Pettersen, 4 & 2
Paula Creamer/Juli Inkster (USA) def. Catriona Matthew/Janice Moodie, 2 & 1

MIKE SCANLAN: We’d like to welcome the victorious members of the U.S. Team today. We’ll start with Natalie and Christina, a 4 & 2 win earlier. Christina, we’ll start with you. How did it feel to get that first win under your belt this year?

CHRISTINA KIM: Well, you know, this match and this point has been four years in the making for me, so it was pretty darn special out there. I had a wonderful time, and I had some great memories, having played with Natalie, both of us in our first Solheim together, and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. The energy out there was palpable. It was truly incredible.
NATALIE GULBIS: We were really looking forward to playing together. We had talked about it on the first tee, it’s been four years since we first played together, and we had such a great time the last time we played together in the States. We were looking forward to the match and we had a great time out there and got off to a really good start and just kept going.

MIKE SCANLAN: Paula and Juli, a nice 2 & 1 win there to finish up the day. Juli, we’ll start with you, we enjoyed your celebration on the final hole there.

JULI INKSTER: Yeah, it’s about time my partner made a putt, I’ll tell you. (Laughter).
No, it was good. I mean, we had some sloppy play in the middle, I did. But the thing with alternate shot, you’ve just got to try to ham and egg it and do the best you can, make some pars and grind it out, and we were fortunate enough to throw a few birdies in there and came away with a win. Paula made a phenomenal putt on 17, and no, I’m not going to spell phenomenal.

MIKE SCANLAN: Paula, you’re the only person today to go 2-0. Just talk about how you played today and how it feels to be so successful.

PAULA CREAMER: You know, I played this morning with Kerr, and she played great. It kind of was a little wake up call for myself going out there leaving my partner kind of hanging in the morning. But I came around on the back nine, and this afternoon I just wanted to come out and play good golf.
I love playing with Juli. We have a great chemistry together on the golf course. We know each other. We need to talk to each other and when we need to pump each other up, we just have that good connection. We went out, we played good, we got up early and we just stayed there.

Q. Can you kind of talk about, Christina, your interaction today with the fans? It looked like you were having just a little bit of fun since really the getgo.

CHRISTINA KIM: You know, like I said, every moment of this entire week has been four years in the making. I had suffered the tragedy in 2007 of not making my way onto the team and deservedly not being picked, so I have I was chomping at the bit since 8:05 this morning sending off the groups, and I’ve still got a little bit of voice left in me for tomorrow. Going to save up, taking a vow of silence, but I’m just how can you not?

They have so much faith in us and they’re supporting us so much. They’re putting in time, effort, money, all that stuff just to come watch us play golf and defend our country, defend the Cup. The least we can do is get into it with them. Paula has done a great job as well as Michelle and Morgan, all the girls really. It’s been pretty phenomenal.

Q. Can any of you talk about the difficulty of this course? There seems to be some par 4s. One of the matches I was watching, one of the shorter players was having some trouble hitting some of the par 4s in regulation, and I’m guessing this is a pretty difficult track.

CHRISTINA KIM: Well, yeah, this golf course is a it’s a damn good challenge. It really makes you hit every single shot out there. You have to be able to it puts a premium on hitting into the fairways, and you have to be able to get it onto the green from there, and that’s not always easy. You’ve got rescues, fairway clubs; some people might have to go driver off the deck.
Especially with the cold weather, the wet weather, it’s a damn good challenge, and I think we’ve come out really strongly today, though. We’ve made a statement coming out on top. But it’s a beautiful golf course, and it’s a great, great challenge.

Q. For Paula and Juli, you’re now 3 & 0 in foursomes. What is it about that format that’s so special for you two?

JULI INKSTER: I don’t know, I just feel really comfortable with Paula. She’s a hell of a player, so it’s pretty easy to ride a stallion (laughter), so I just kind of go out there and say “giddy up” and she goes. I don’t know, I’ve always she reminds me a lot of me when I was her age.
CHRISTINA KIM: Young and hot.
JULI INKSTER: Well, golf wise, I should say. I never wore the heels she wears. But I just really enjoyed playing with her. You know, I think it shows.
PAULA CREAMER: Same. You know, Juli has always been my partner, if you look back at it. We get along really well out on the golf course. We know how to talk to each other, like I said. I know Jules is trying just as hard as I am out there, but at the same time I know when she needs a little push, and I know when she’s kind of trying to rein me back in. But at the same time, I’ve always looked up to Juli, and I never want to let her down as my team
JULI INKSTER: Believe me, you will not ever let me down.
PAULA CREAMER: But on the same point, it’s a lot of fun. I just truly enjoy going out there with her, and we’ve been lucky enough that we have been 3 & 0 in those matches, and we’ve played great.

Q. Juli, can you just talk about the length of the day? Did you know going in that you were going to play both matches?

JULI INKSTER: Yeah, I did.

Q. How did you prepare for such a long day?

PAULA CREAMER: She got 15 hours of sleep last night.
JULI INKSTER: I was in bed by 6:00. The girls put me in and then they went out (laughter).
No, you know, I knew I was going to play 36. As far as physically wise, I’m fine. You know, I work out
CHRISTINA KIM: She’s fitter than nine of the other players on the team.
JULI INKSTER: I was not worried about that at all. If you can’t play 36 holes, you need to get another job.

Q. Paula, could you talk about the putt you had to close out the match on 17 and get the U.S. out of the first day with a one point lead?

PAULA CREAMER: Just the putt or the whole hole? Just the putt? It was about 25 feet.
JULI INKSTER: It was like five feet (laughter).
PAULA CREAMER: Trust me, it wasn’t five feet. I think it was about 20 feet. Oh, because you hit it.
JULI INKSTER: She’s a little slow.
PAULA CREAMER: There’s not much break at all. I played it straight. The biggest thing for me was getting it to the hole. It was a really slow putt.
These greens, the last 10, 11 holes, they just kind of slowed up. I don’t know if it was the heavy air. It seemed to me that I kept leaving putts just getting there, whereas in the morning they were going two and a half, three feet by. We got a lot of dew on the greens. We talked about that out there. That was one putt I wasn’t going to leave short, especially at that moment. I knew I had to make it.
JULI INKSTER: It was right in the heart.
PAULA CREAMER: It was right in the heart. It was a good putt. It was dead straight.

Q. This is for all of you. Can you talk a little bit about the competition? You came into this as the heavy favorites, and you now have a one point lead going into day two, which is unusual for the American side, looking at history. How do you feel about this other team? You don’t know a lot of those players as well as you have in the past. Are they the underdogs that everyone is saying, and what do you think about the upcoming two days?

JULI INKSTER: I mean, one point is nothing. It’s very close. I mean, a lot of those matches could have gone one way or the other today with a putt here or a chip there.
The European team has a very long team, and this golf course really plays to their advantage.
CHRISTINA KIM: Absolutely.
JULI INKSTER: I think this is one of the best European teams they’ve had. We know all of them, and we have to play really great golf to win.
You know, you can say that we’re heavily favored, but…
CHRISTINA KIM: The media says a lot of things, though.
JULI INKSTER: You guys are just sitting in here. Believe me, we know we’re not heavy favorites and we know we have to play well to win. We’re just trying to go out there and everybody is trying to win their match and do their thing, and hopefully by the end of the week

Q. Were you surprised to see some of the European anchors like Sophie

JULI INKSTER: But you know what, Sophie, it’s truly who you run into. It’s like Paula said, Cristie played great this morning, and Paula said Sophie played awesome.
It’s not really just because they lost, it doesn’t mean they really played bad; they just might have run into a buzz saw. In match play that’s what it’s all about. It’s just getting the momentum, keeping up, and it’s just a different game. I’m sure they’re going to come out firing tomorrow, and we’ll see.
CHRISTINA KIM: Two of their teammates are 2009 major champions. There’s no way to say that they’re the underdogs, in my opinion.
We’ve got a very strong team, but so do they. Like Juli said, they’re very long. They’ve got a lot of experience if you look at the number of Solheim Cups that they’ve played. They know how to grind it out.
Like Juli said, a lot of these matches could have gone one way or another, and we’re very fortunate to have a one point lead going into day two. But again, anything can happen. We have to stay on our toes and play our best golf for the next 54 holes’ worth of golf in order to come out on top.

Q. Juli, you are now the all time leading point getter in American history. I know the team means most to you, but can you just

JULI INKSTER: That just means I’m the oldest.
You know, it’s a great honor. I mean, really, seriously, when I first started playing, I thought I’d play five years and quit, and here I am, I’m still here. See what you guys have to look forward to?

It’s a great honor. The Solheim Cup to me is the ultimate golfing venue. I’m honored to be where I’m at. Records are made to be broken, and I’m sure some of these ladies up here will probably break it, and I will be here to see it, so I won’t miss one.

Q. Just to follow up on that, to give us a little perspective, can you tell us about your first Solheim Cup, some of the memories that stick with you?

JULI INKSTER: I don’t even know when my first one was.
I’ve had a lot of great memories, and the funny thing, it’s not really golf memories, it’s team memories. That’s what this thing is all about.
CHRISTINA KIM: Nicely done, Jules. Well said.

Q. Any chance of playing a little faster in the fourballs tomorrow, please?

PAULA CREAMER: Tell our pin placements to be a little bit easier in the morning, then.
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, 8:00 o’clock in the morning, driver, 3 wood, hello. I mean, come on.
CHRISTINA KIM: You’ve got to talk to all 24 of us.
PAULA CREAMER: It’s not like we want to be out there that long, trust me.
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, it was a long day.


Becky Brewerton/Gwladys Nocera (EUR) def. Angela Stanford/Nicole Castrale (USA)
Maria Hjorth/Anna Nordqvist (EUR) def. Kristy McPherson/Brittany Lincicome (USA)

BETHAN CUTLER: Perhaps we’ll start with Anna. This is your first Solheim Cup and your first Solheim Cup match. How exciting was it to be out there today?

ANNA NORDQVIST: It was a lot of fun. I’ve been looking forward to doing this for a very long time, just having a good time with Mimi, and I felt very comfortable on the course today.

BETHAN CUTLER: And how about that chip in?

ANNA NORDQVIST: Yeah, my chip in on 13, that was great. We were close on a couple before, so obviously that gave us some momentum.

BETHAN CUTLER: And Maria, how did you feel the match went? What were the highlights?

MARIA HJORTH: In the foursomes? It was really good. It was a good match. I thought we played really solid. We hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. Just didn’t really make some putts when I finally got to putt.
This course sets up, if you tee off on the first tee, I putted on one and then all of a sudden I putt on nine. It’s difficult to putt when you don’t get a feel for the putts so much.
I thought we just played solid and then waited for our chances. It was nice that Anna made that chip in on 13 to kind of get a few steps ahead.

BETHAN CUTLER: Becky and Gwladys, how important was your victory overall to the European team?

BECKY BREWERTON: Every victory is important. Obviously you need to get to that magic mark with the points. We played very well, paired up very well, and it couldn’t have gone any better really.

BETHAN CUTLER: Gwladys, how do you feel about the way the afternoon went?

GWLADYS NOCERA: I guess it went well. For myself I think I could have played better on the beginning. I had some struggles with the distances, but you know, we are here. We won a point, so that’s what matters.

Q. Maria, how difficult was it to go out so soon after that long fourball? You were out there for quite some time on the course. How did that feel to start over again?

MARIA HJORTH: Yeah, it’s sometimes difficult because you’re so into the match you’re playing, and you have half an hour break and all of a sudden you have to make sure you really are focused again on the first tee so you don’t drag up on the first tee and kind of a little bit out of it. But I thought it was good.
I teed off first. It was good for me because I could really get in and focus again.
It’s hard, such long days, so you don’t really have time to sit down, relax and have a peaceful lunch. You kind of just grab something real quick and then you’re off going again. It’s just really important to stay focused on every shot and not because you have a little break get a little sloppy and hit some bad shots.

Q. Why did the Four-Ball matches take so long?

BECKY BREWERTON: It’s difficult because, I mean, the course is playing long and was also quite a lot of long walks between greens and tees on a fair few holes actually. It just takes a long time, and it’s obviously straight out, straight back in. You feel like when you get to 10 and 11, you’re really out in the sticks, and it takes a long time to get in from there as well.
My match finished obviously well early, and it still took forever to get in from the course. So just the combination of the big distances you have to walk between holes and maybe how difficult the course is as well.
MARIA HJORTH: Also, we had three matches that went on until the 18th hole, so that really drags out, as well. And because it’s such tight matches, and everybody seems to be holing out. It doesn’t seem to be just one or two players keeps on playing because if someone picks up, it’s just going to be quicker, but it seems like everyone is playing very well and very solid, so everybody seems to be having to hole out.

Q. Maria, can you speak to Catriona’s putt? At the end of the day, the difference between trailing by one point and two points, psychologically, how big a difference is that?

MARIA HJORTH: It was huge for us to get that half, I think. Like you say, it is a big difference getting a half point or not.
It was just really nice to – I know 18, and Michelle can get up easy on 18 as well as I can. We knew if she got a good drive away, and we really knew we had to make a birdie on the last to be able to get that half point. So Catriona’s putt there on the last was really, really important. I think it gave us great momentum for the afternoon foursomes.

Q. How have you found the crowds? Have they been noisier than you expected or just about what you expected, Gwladys?

GWLADYS NOCERA: I don’t know, I’m not paying too much attention to the crowd. I just enjoy playing the Solheim and having some noise. I can see there was quite a lot of Europeans cheering for us, and that’s what I listened the most. Yeah, I mean, it’s noisy, but we knew we had to expect that, so it’s no big deal.
MARIA HJORTH: I think to start with of the day it was fairly quiet because apparently there was some traffic stopping out there and people couldn’t really get into the course, and I was surprised it was as quiet as it was. But then we get to 11, 12, 13, and all of a sudden everybody has got themselves out there, and it started to get really noisy. We tried to do what we could to make putts to keep it as quiet as we can.

Alison Nicholas, European Team captain

BETHAN CUTLER: We’d like to welcome Alison Nicholas, the 2009 European Solheim Cup captain. Alison, day one and you’re just one point behind. How do you feel now about the position that you’re in?

ALISON NICHOLAS: Pretty good, because after this morning, Alfie managed to grab a victory, which was a great putt on that last, and then the last match managed to get a half.
It was looking good early on. We were three ahead. After three matches we were three ahead early on, and then suddenly it just swung around. So I think from the morning’s matches we managed to salvage some points there. So I’m pretty pleased, actually.
One point, you know, tough morning, but the girls hung in there and played hard and really stuck with it. I’m absolutely delighted. It’s time for bed, really, isn’t it?

(Laughter). Oh, dear, a long day. Fantastic.

Q. Alison, Matthew’s birdie putt at the end of the morning session, looking back, at the end of the day, how important psychologically, the difference between being down one point and two points?

ALISON NICHOLAS: Absolutely massive. I mean, that was just sensational. That just says everything about Catriona Matthew and what a great player she is and her mental strength, her guts and determination.

Q. Tell me what you think about Anna Nordqvist’s ‘W’ in the Solheim Cup.

ALISON NICHOLAS: She’s awesome, isn’t she?

I have trouble talking to her because she’s so tall (laughter). I have to stand on an ice box, one of those drink boxes, to actually get eye to eye. So that was entertainment.
Brilliant. She’s a lovely girl, full of passion, great mental attitude, very strong. I was very impressed with her this afternoon.

Q. The fact that some of your bigger names like Suzann Pettersen, the team of Moodie and Matthew, Laura Davies, that they haven’t fared well, is that a good or bad thing?

ALISON NICHOLAS: It just happens, doesn’t it, sometimes? People are struggling a little bit with their games. But I think Suzann and Sophie actually played okay, it’s just that the Americans have outplayed them a little bit and they’ve holed a few more putts.
You know, certainly from the stats, because I’ve got my helpers who do stats on their matches, and they both played okay.
We’ve been shaving the hole a little bit too much, not finding the middle of the cup. But that may change tomorrow hopefully.

Q. Looking at your lineup, you do not have Laura in tomorrow morning. Can you talk about that?


Q. Laura is not playing tomorrow morning. Can you talk about that?

ALISON NICHOLAS: Okay, yeah, yeah. She said she was struggling a little bit with her game, so you know, decided to sit her out because some of the other players are playing okay.
She’s been absolutely brilliant. She says anything I can do for the team, I will. She was out there supporting this afternoon, and I can only give her all the credit that she deserves, because she’s just still very passionate about this team. She’s a good mate, and we’ve talked about it, and everything is fine.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about Helen, your former captain, her performance this morning, and the fact that she sat out this afternoon? Is she anxious to play tomorrow?

ALISON NICHOLAS: She will do anything for the team, Alfie. She’s got to go and do 16 cartwheels down the first fairway, she will, because she’s so passionate and she’s just a great individual, and she’s there for the team.
Being a captain, she understands that very much so. She says, ‘Anything you say, Al,’ so tremendous performance this morning, and I’m sure she’ll have had a nice little rest this afternoon so she can go out all guns blazing tomorrow morning.

Q. Are there certain players that you have in mind that will play all five matches, and if so, are you worried about fatigue at all on this demanding golf course?

ALISON NICHOLAS: Yeah, and that’s why I’ve mixed it up a little bit, because I know in the past certainly we’ve had to rely on certain players playing five matches, and it’s been very tricky then to carry that good performance through the singles.
I’m very aware that that’s something that I’ve decided as a captain to do. There may be one or two, but on the whole, I need players to rest so that they can be ready to play in the singles.

Q. How pleased have you been with your rookies?

ALISON NICHOLAS: Well, Anna Nordqvist is very, very good, yeah. Who else have we got?

Yeah, Tania, she was great. She loves playing with Alfie, they can speak Spanish together. I don’t understand a word either of them say, so that’s fantastic. Basically they get on really well, and she performed very well this morning. Absolutely delighted, and I’m hoping that Diana Luna will do the same tomorrow.

Beth Daniel, U.S. Team Captain

MIKE SCANLAN: Beth, thanks for coming in. End of the day, 4.5 to 3.5, a one point lead over the Europeans. If you would, just talk about the day, some thoughts, how you feel it went.

BETH DANIEL: Well, I mean, I’m pleased. I’m pleased to have a one point plead. There were some really good matches out there, some tough matches, particularly after the morning when we were behind and we kind of rallied on the back nine and pulled out a couple of those matches. I think that made a big difference for us.
But it’s nice to have that one point lead.

Q. Could you just talk about your decision to play Juli in both matches and also Cristie, to sit Cristie in the afternoon?

BETH DANIEL: Um, yeah. I didn’t want to play Cristie five matches. I don’t want to play anybody five matches. That’s my goal. I’m trying to save their strength for Sunday. This is a very tough golf course to walk. There are a lot of big distances between greens and tees.
I feel like we have enough depth on this team that we don’t have to play anybody five matches, and I know Cristie played extremely well this morning, but like I said, she’ll still have her golf game tomorrow, too. You will see Cristie Kerr tomorrow.

Q. Can you talk about Michelle Wie’s play this morning, and then also, the Euros, who came in as a huge underdog but played pretty well today.

BETH DANIEL: Yeah, according to you guys, the Euros were a huge underdog. I never felt that way from the getgo.
I mean, they have so many good players that are great match players. Suzann Pettersen, Sophie Gustafson, who started out the morning. Catriona Matthew is phenomenal. She played so well in ’07, too.
They just have Mimi Hjorth seems to always play well in Solheim Cup and match play. They just have a lot of players that their games are made for match play.
You know, I knew they’d come in fired up and Alison would have them ready to go, and she definitely does. You know, my team knew that they had to play their best golf to if they expected to win this, and they know that now.
I mean, that was a long, tiring day for everybody with a lot of tough, tough matches, and I expect tomorrow will be much of the same.

Q. And Michelle?

BETH DANIEL: Michelle played great. I was so proud of her. She hit so many good shots under pressure and really hung in there and played very well. You know, I couldn’t be more proud of what she did today.

Q. Could you just give us your reaction when Paula made that putt to close out play today and get you out of here with a one point lead?

BETH DANIEL: Well, she got me out of my golf cart. I ran all the way to the green to give her a hug. I had to wait a while, but I finally gave her a hug.
She lives for those moments. She’s one of those players that lives for those moments, and that’s why you want her on your team.

Q. Paula has never sat out a match. When did you tell her that she wasn’t going to be playing tomorrow morning, and how did she take it?

BETH DANIEL: She knew the other day the other night I’m trying to think of what night it was. It’s all blending in together. But she knew, and she’s like, “I want to play five.” I just sat her down, and I said, “Paula, I want you to have some legs left on Sunday.”
And she understands that. Paula is a team player; she understands that. Hopefully she’ll get a little rest tomorrow morning and be ready to go in the afternoon.

Q. Can you just talk about your pairings for tomorrow?

BETH DANIEL: Yeah, if I can remember them. Michelle Wie is going out with Christina Kim. Christina has played very well throughout the practice rounds and had a good foursome match today with Natalie. And you know, they’re friends. They’re really good friends. Michelle can handle Christina (laughing). Need I say more?

Angela Stanford and Brittany Lang. Brittany makes a lot of birdies; Angela potentially makes a lot of birdies. So that’s a really good team, you know. Angela has the experience to be with a rookie.
Cristie Kerr/Nicole Castrale, they played together in Sweden. They really enjoyed playing together. They have the same kind of intensity level, so it’s a good match.
Lincicome, McPherson, geez, they played really well this afternoon in the foursomes. Do you guys realize that Nordqvist and who was she playing with?

They shot 7 under through 16 holes, and they bogeyed the 16th hole. So Lincicome and McPherson played really well today in foursomes and lost to a team that shot 7 under with a bogey. That’s just I mean, that’s awesome golf on this golf course.
But these two are friends. Kristy keeps Brittany loose, and they play well together. They both make a lot of birdies. That’s kind of how I came up with those pairings.

Q. It seems like your pairings are set almost well in advance and that you’re sticking to them no matter what’s happening during the day here. Is that true?

BETH DANIEL: That’s not true.

Q. No?

BETH DANIEL: No, I changed the afternoon pairings based on some of the stuff that I saw this morning.
You know, like one of my philosophies in life is over prepare and then go with the flow. So I’m an over preparer. I know pretty much every stat and everything on everybody. And then you’ve got to be able to change if something doesn’t happen right. It’s not a perfect world, as we know, and in a perfect world, the people who make the most birdies will make the most birdies. That doesn’t always happen.
Meg and Kelly and I made a couple changes. As a matter of fact, we were out there, and I’m like, I called them, and I said, we need to discuss something, I want to make a change. Meet me wherever.
So as soon as I called them and they were heading there, a Golf Channel camera comes over and is shadowing me, so I’m like, okay, I’m not going to sit here and pull out my pairings like this so they can get it on camera. So we actually drove off the golf course property in our carts to do it, to have this discussion about whether we should make this change or not.
You know, I ended up making the change, which I think was a good decision. But yeah, you have to be able to kind of change on the fly a little bit.

Q. I just asked that because you’re not playing Paula in the morning and you didn’t play Cristie this afternoon.

BETH DANIEL: Well, I’m sticking with my philosophy is not to play anybody five matches, and there’s a perfect rotation that would have to occur to not play everybody five matches. That’s why we kind of set this whole thing out, to do that, and hopefully it’s going to work out. It may not. It may not. But hopefully it will work out because I want to save everybody for Sunday. It basically boils down to the singles.

Q. Following up on that, the decision to give everybody a rest, was that an easy one, or did you have to think about that knowing the nature of players and that some players just aren’t going to want to sit down?

BETH DANIEL: Yeah, I mean, there are players that don’t they want to play five matches, absolutely. You know, I explained to this team that that’s my philosophy, and they’re going with it.
So we’ll see what happens. I mean, I want them strong for Sunday. I don’t want them tired, and we’ll see if it works out.

Maria Hjorth/Anna Nordqvist (EUR) def. Brittany Lincicome/Kristy McPherson (USA), 3 & 2

Q. What didn’t work for you today?

BRITTANY LINCICOME: I just think I got a little tired this afternoon. I was playing well. I mean she shot 7 or 8 under today, so there’s really nothing you can do about that. They were chipping in from everywhere, making long putts, which is fun to watch, but I was on the wrong side of it.
I was playing well. We both I think I got a little tired there. And they were chipping in and making putts.

Q. Does this fire you up for tomorrow?

BRITTANY LINCICOME: Absolutely. I’m ready to go get some dinner and go to bed before maybe 8:00 and get some good sleep.

Paula Creamer/Juli Inkster (USA) def. Catriona Matthew/Janice Moodie, 2 & 1

Q. You guys put up a good fight today. What exactly in the match didn’t go your way?

CATRIONA MATTHEW: I mean, we kind of messed up the second. We should have won that. They put it in the water and we kind of diddled about at the green and we should have won that one.
They made a few good up and downs. Juli hit a couple of bad shots and then holed a couple good putts. That kind of kept them in it, and we just kind of hung in there. They probably made a good birdie on 15. We were just coming back. We got them back to 1, and then they made a good birdie at 15 to go back to 2. I thought we had a chance there, but can’t do much about that.

Q. How will this loss affect your play tomorrow and your team’s?

CATRIONA MATTHEW: I think they probably finished this session 2 all, so we’re one and a half behind, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.