Good Question

Dave Andrews posted this query on Facebook. – How valid does the Solheim Cup remain in light of the growing dominance of Asian players in women’s golf?

My view is that it may become increasingly irrelevant. It may take awhile though. Look how far down the money list some of the American team is. If the Asian dominance continues to advance, the point system for the Solheim may have to be adjusted again to field a team in the future.

Should the LPGA go all in with the Asians? Is it time to put the Seoul in Solheim? Won’t happen. They’ll have their chance to showcase their talent at the  International Crown event next year.

Tweets: “We still don’t know what it takes because we haven’t done it before.” – Pettersen on Europeans winning for first time on U.S. soil

Record single day merchandise sales for a women’s golf event. – Beth Ann Baldry

Cool view, even if loads are American! My view as I walked in to the opening cermony!@ColoradoGC – Beth Ann Baldry

3 Responses to Good Question

  1. Ronnie says:

    The Asians will be able to send teams to the International Crown, but I’d still like to see something like the Solheim with Asia vs the US or Europe. You only get to send four players to the IC, and some countries like Korea could easily field a 12 woman team that is equal to or better than the two 12 woman teams currently competing in the Solheim.

    Of course, if it couldn’t make enough money, then there is no way it would ever have a chance of getting off the ground. So that begs the question – if there were a 12-on-12 Solheim type event pitting Korea vs the US — would people come out to watch it? I know half of Korea would be up in the middle of the night watching it. But would Americans also tune in?

  2. Edward says:

    Larry suggests that Solheim may become “increasingly irrelevant” and he could be right. The tournament certainly can’t claim to showcase the best in women’s golf, not when 7 of the top 10 Rolex-ranked players are ineligible to compete.

    I’ve never really understood the patriotic fervor that seems especially prevalent among the American players. It’s a stretch to claim that they are playing for or representing the United States. What they are are American-born members of a professional golf association that happens to be headquartered in Florida and every two years they play a challenge tournament sponsored by a Swedish equipment manufacturer. It’s not the Olympics.

    Of course, the term “European” is difficult to fathom. At least the American players have to be Americans but apparently European players can originate from any of the fifty (50) sovereign states that by convention comprise the European continent, states which differ by language, culture, religion, and even currency. The American team can’t include a single Mexican or Canadian but the European team is open to citizens of Iceland, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and even the Vatican City. Go figure.

    Is it just me or is Jessica Korda a taller, homelier-looking version of Morgan Pressel?

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