Friday, December 15, 2017
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Fresh faces highlight Solheim Cup

PARKER, Colo. — The Solheim Cup has a new look this year.

Missing from the European team is Laura Davies, who had played in every Solheim Cup since these matches between Europe and the United States began in 1990. Europe has six rookies on its team, including Charley Hull, 17, of England.

Juli Inkster is not playing the Solheim Cup for the first time since 1996. She has a daughter older than two of the American players on this team — Lexi Thompson, 18, and Jessica Korda, 20.

"This is great because you're seeing the present and the future of the Solheim Cup," U.S. captain Meg Mallon said Thursday. "And it's kind of cool having these young players that are going to be a part of this event for a very long time. So I'm excited to see how they respond to this. They're so fired up right now, and I'm not quite sure they know what they're getting into."

At stake this week is chance to win the Solheim Cup for the first time on American soil.

The matches start today at Colorado Golf Club, a sprawling course south of Denver with the Rockies in the backdrop.

Stacy Lewis and rookie Lizette Salas are in the opening match against Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall. European captain Liselotte Neumann has rookie Jodi Ewart-Shadoff paired with Catriona Matthew in the third match against U.S. rookie Jessica Korda and Morgan Pressel. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome is not scheduled for the morning matches, which likely means she'll play in the afternoon.

Europe will have no choice but to lean heavily on its rookies.

"I think that these youngsters have enough to bring to the table even for us to kind of sharpen up our game and push each other," said Suzann Pettersen, 32.

PGA: Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher shot 6-under 64 to share the first-round lead in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Eight players — defending champion Sergio Garcia, Matt Jones, Robert Garrigus, Jordan Spieth, Trevor Immelman, Morgan Hoffman, Patrick Reed and Andrew Svoboda — shot 65.

U.S. Amateur: USF sophomore Chase Koepka lost 3 and 1 in the round of 32 to Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., in Brookline, Mass.

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