Solheim Cup: USA captain Juli Inkster admits slow-play concerns


Team USA captain Juli Inkster confessed the rate of play was an issue on the day of the Solheim Cup.
Inkster’s side trail Europe 4.5-3.5 after a very long day in Gleneagles, using three of their afternoon fourballs taking good over five hours to be completed.
“Yes [it had been a problem ], it’s painfully slow on the market,” said Inkster. “I understand we’d maybe a few on the side that are a bit slower, but they have a few on their side, also, which are somewhat slow. So I really don’t know, I don’t understand what to do.
“You take a look at this golf course, it’s tough. The wind’s blowing. The greens are firm. The ball is not going anywhere. It’s chilly. I mean, it is not like it’s a pitch and putt. It is out here each shot counts and a tough golf course. Every putt counts.
“So it is likely to take more. That’s just the way it is. I believed the way today, the golf has been played was phenomenal to its conditions. It is hard. It’s hard golf.”
American Lizette Salas was provided a warning and put on the clock at the opening fourball of the afternoon, but Inkster defended her participant, who lost 4&2 alongside Danielle Kang.
“I think Lizette had a terrible time,” she said. “But this has been not the only player that had a terrible time on the market. She understands she has to speed it up a little bit. But I’m not going to mention anything.”
The USA stared at a huge overnight deficit at one point but Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson along with Jessica Korda along with Brittany Altomare snatched pliers with essential birdies.
“No one really ever talks about the half stage. And I have to say those two half points at the end were enormous,” she said.
“We start off hot and we all have a small lukewarm in that middle, but we ended sexy. So I’m very happy with how because everybody played the day went. And we had some good games.
“We only have ta maintain the Euros in our rear-view mirrorour entrance mirror, thus we are able to watch them. You do not wish to get down. It was looking like we could be two-and-a-half points down.
“It isn’t insurmountable, but you maintain gnawing a half a point and stage there and it provides up. To be only a stage down. Now, you look at the golf and we’re just a point down. So I am very pleased with where we’re at right now.”
Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew was not overly concerned about the speed of play and will leave it to type out.
“Obviously that back nine this afternoon did get fairly slow,” she explained. “I don’t really know what triggered it. When you are leaping around not following one game it’s tough to tell.
“However, a number of the players on both sides do require quite a while to reach a shot. However, it’s the officials. They are the individuals who authorities play’s speed, so it’s up to them, I think.
“The players are aware of the speed of play policies. I mean, nobody wants to see play. Obviously with all the bigger crowds it’s harder from time to time, but it would be great to be quicker tomorrow”
Matthew was somewhat disappointed, though, that her side’s guide wasn’t bigger after Carlota Ciganda and Bronte Law and Charley Hull and Azahara Munoz either had to pay for pliers as it ended 2-2 in the afternoon.
“Our goal is to attempt to win every semester,” she explained. “However, I think you have to take the positives and we’re contributing. We are a point up. If we’re leading at the conclusion of each day, that would be excellent.
“So I believe obviously everyone’s somewhat disappointed by this, but Charley had a terrific putt at the last, only a tiny firm.
“Brittany holed up and produced a terrific birdie. It is not like it was dropped by them with poor drama; others birdied it. We are happy with moving in with a one-point lead”

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