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            === Golf Tidbits: Thoughts from the Solheim Cup ===
 
 By Kevin Currie, Senior Golf Editor
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (Sports Network) - The European Solheim Cup team enjoyed the
 greatest victory in event history at Colorado Golf Club.
 
 There  is no  other way to describe it.  They put on a clinic in team golf and
 that led to a drubbing of a good American team.
 
 To the victors go the spoils, so we'll talk about them first.
 
 Caroline  Hedwall  isn't known to  many American golf fans,  but she is in her
 second  full year on  the LPGA Tour. In those two campaigns, she has 33 starts
 and exactly five top-10 finishes.
 
 The  Swede shared third at the Kraft Nabisco earlier this year, bet you didn't
 remember  that?  Despite that average  looking record, she strung together the
 first 5-0 weekend in Solheim Cup history.
 
 Three  of  her four wins with  a partner were hard-fought 2&1 victories, while
 the  other was  a 4&2 thumping. She  fended off Michelle Wie in a good singles
 match to cap a perfect week.
 
 If  one  was to compare Hedwall  to a Ryder  Cup player, she'd be Ian Poulter.
 They  might not have  the best record in stroke-play events, but put them in a
 team game and they are ferocious competitors.
 
 Hedwall is now 7-1-1 in two Solheim Cup appearances. Not a bad thing you could
 say about her from last week.
 
 Charley  Hull was  a  revelation for  the Euros.  The  17-year-old became  the
 youngest  competitor  in event  history and  went 2-1. She  didn't seem out of
 place  or overwhelmed by  the event, and always seemed to try to take the back
 seat to her partner or teammate.
 
 Hull,  a  five-time runner-up on the  Ladies European Tour this year, could be
 the  next Laura Davies,  who played the first 12 Solheim Cup for the Europeans
 and owns all kinds of records.
 
 Suzann Pettersen is as tough as they come. Her record may have only been 2-1-1
 on the week, but I wouldn't want anyone but my best players facing her in this
 event.
 
 Catriona  Matthew stunningly  went 0-2-2.  I thought  she was  the fourth-best
 player  on  the European  team all weekend,  and she didn't  win a match. Very
 surprising.  Don't  be surprised if  she is penciled in  to captain one of the
 next two or three Solheim Cups for the Europeans.
 
 Lastly,  Carlota  Ciganda couldn't have  looked worse  in her first match. One
 reporter  said  the walking  scorer generously  gave her an  83 in her opening
 fourball match with Pettersen on Friday afternoon.
 
 She  couldn't put  the ball  in the  ocean from  a cruise-liner,  but somehow,
 someway  scraped together a perfect 3-0 mark for the weekend. Her par on 15 in
 that Friday match will be talked about for a long time, maybe even longer than
 the ruling took figuring out where she should drop her ball.
 
 Ciganda  finished second  in Texas earlier this  year. If she can reign in the
 nerves, she could win a bunch in a hurry.
 
 Before we jump to the Americans, a word or two about the officials - awful.
 
 I  know  their job in a  tough one, but  embrace video technology to help make
 your  rulings  faster. The  30-minute debacle  on Friday  was bad enough, then
 Saturday's near 30-minute ruling was the icing on the cake.
 
 Have  a  monitor available on  the course so the  captains and players can see
 where someone's ball went into the hazard, find the proper drop spot and get a
 move on. Those rulings didn't need to take that long or be that complicated.
 
 For the Americans, we'll start with Michelle Wie. First off, who knows why her
 selection  was controversial to some. She was 13th on the points list, and had
 played the last two Solheim Cups.
 
 Wie  went 2-2 on  the week, and it could have been better. She really needs to
 find  a better  putting stance/stroke. She needs to visit with Steve Stricker,
 because  if she  could putt like him,  she'd have double-digit wins on tour by
 now.
 
 Last  thing on Wie. For all those high-and-mighties out there that trashes her
 for  storming off the  green when she made a huge putt Friday afternoon, chill
 out. It's not like that hasn't happened in a team event like this before.
 
 You think Tiger Woods apologized to Bob May for running down, fist-pumping and
 screaming  his  way to the  next tee  after that one  birdie putt in their PGA
 Championship  playoff?  Doubtful, and  it wasn't totally  necessary for Wie to
 apologize either. She got caught up in the moment, it happens.
 
 Stacy  Lewis and  Angela Stanford are the first and fourth ranked Americans in
 the world rankings. If you ranked them based on their play at the Solheim Cup,
 they'd be 10th and 11th, at best.
 
 Lewis somehow went 1-2-1, when it seemed as though she was 0-3-1. Stanford was
 no  better, as she was shut out, going 0-4. Lewis, in two Solheim appearances,
 is  now  2-5-1, while  Stanford, who hasn't  won a point  her last two Solheim
 appearances, plummeted to 3-11-3 in five Solheim Cups.
 
 Maybe  misery  loves company,  and the  two need to  be teamed together? Check
 that,  they were drubbed in their two matches together in 2011. These two need
 to figure something out.
 
 Brittany Lang was a stud for the Americans in a tough week. Who knows how many
 points they would have lost by had she not gone 3-1?
 
 Finally,  Cristie Kerr  is the  American's answer  to Pettersen.  Tough, hard-
 nosed,  always wants the  toughest match. At 35, she may not have many Solheim
 Cup left in her, but she really needs to play earlier in singles.
 
 In the last four Solheim Cups, Kerr has played 10th, 10th, 12th (DNP - injury)
 and 12th in the singles sessions. She's one of the best Americans in the game,
 get her in that clean-up spot and let her get an early point on the board.
 
 We'll  close out on one thought about the captains - Liselotte Neumann for the
 Europeans  and Meg Mallon for the Americans. But this thought goes, for anyone
 captaining a team like this or the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup.
 
 Why  do captains insist  on breaking up winning teams? Team A wins their first
 match, they're together tomorrow in that format, if not sooner. Neumann played
 four  teams  in multiple sessions, while  Mallon played two teams in more than
 one session.
 
 The result? 6-2 for the Europeans, 1-3 for the Americans.
 
 Not  many Americans  pairings won at all  this week, but at least give more of
 them more than one session to prove they can play together.
 
 
 MINI-TIDBITS
 
 *  The FedExCup  Playoffs get underway Thursday. Brandt Snedeker is in line to
 become  the first  reigning FedExCup  champion  to make  it to  East Lake  the
 following  year to  defend his title. My not-so-darkhorse pick to win the Tour
 Championship and FedExCup is Jordan Spieth.
 
 *  The  Presidents Cup teams  will be  named in two  weeks. These five - Steve
 Stricker,  Dustin  Johnson, Jim Furyk, Bubba  Watson and Billy Horschel - rank
 11th  to 15th  on the U.S. team  points list. Captain Fred Couples is going to
 have  one tough job  letting a couple of those guys know that they didn't make
 the team.
 
 08/20 18:45:53 ET