Iowa capital readies for Solheim Cup

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan described the crowds for the upcoming Solheim Cup as something that might be found at a football game mixed with a soccer match and a mixed martial arts bout.

Des Moines will settle for it being one of the biggest golf tournaments the city has ever seen.

The Des Moines Golf and Country Club held media day Monday for the Solheim Cup, the biennial tournament between U.S. and European women’s golfers. The event, to be held from Aug. 14-20, features four-ball, foursome and singles matches. It’s much like the Ryder Cup — and the enthusiasm fans show for the men’s event can often be mirrored during Solheim Cup play.

The Americans won in 2015, snapping a two-event winning streak for Europe.

“Golf is kind of dull,” U.S. captain Juli Inkster said. “I mean, it is. And everybody has to be quiet and hush hush. On the first tee (at the Solheim Cup), you have Europe (fans) singing songs, the United States (fans) singing songs. They’re very polite when you go to hit a shot. But beforehand, there’s a lot of cheering.”
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Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sport

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