U.S. Team Captain Beth Daniel spoke for the first time from Rich Harvest Farms yesterday, and her team members Morgan Pressel, Christina Kim and Cristie Kerr chimed in afterward. Later, Laura Davies, the only player to compete in every Solheim Cup team match since its inception in 1990, spoke on behalf of the European team.
Funny, snarky comments were the norm.
"I feel like I'm running a golf tournament this week" --Beth Daniel, on the intricacies on being the captain of the U.S. team.
"So we got a national U.S. paper that had nothing on Solheim Cup in it...It had an article on Fred Couples, who is the captain of the Presidents Cup, but nothing about the Solheim Cup...That was disappointing, I must say. Sometimes you think you're bigger than you are." --Daniel, on the lack of Solheim Cup coverage in national newspapers.
"When she's inside the ropes talking to the players and she's in the locker room, she is one of the funniest individuals I've ever been around in my life. She's got a very quick wit." --Daniel, on getting to know Michelle Wie.
"I put out a questionnaire to the team at the British Open, and I had questions that we needed to know, like food allergies and what type of golf ball do you play, that sort of thing, for pairings. And at the end I put, "Any other comments," and she wrote in there real big, "Thank you so much for picking me." --Daniel, on Wie's gratitude for being picked to play on the U.S. team.
"I said thank you to Beth Daniel because if she hadn't picked Juli Inkster, I would have been the oldest on the team. So you know, we're kind of tight now." --Cristie Kerr, 31, who is nearly 18 years younger than Inkster.
"It's not unlike going to war, minus the bloodshed and violence" --Christina Kim, on the competitiveness intrinsic to the Solheim Cup team matches.
Question: Christina, how many pairs of earrings have you got with you?Kim: I don't know. You have to wait and see. I don't divulge my secrets.Question: But they'll be different every day?Kim: Maybe not. Never know.Kerr: I don't think she knows.Pressel: She's playing by the seat of her pants.Kim: Dude, that's like so tomorrow for me. I have no idea. I'm all about the now. It's all about the zen, baby.
"If we don't do it in my time playing in the Solheim then it would be a huge hole in my career." --Davies, on the importance of winning on American soil.
"I've already turned it down." --Davies, who admitted to refusing an offer to captain the European team. She added, "I really would never want to be the captain. I'd rather be playing or watching...motivational speaking is not my strong point."
"I don't practice as much as the rest; it's as simple as that." --Davies, on her secret for staying at the top of the game for so long.