Corda on a mission as the US bid for Solom’s Cup revenge.


New York:

Nellie Corda will win a successful season by helping the United States win the 16th edition of the biennial showdown with European teams in Ohio on Saturday.

The world number one Corda has been in excellent form this year, winning three LPGA Tour events, including the first major championship, as well as a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 23-year-old now hopes to add to the list of American successes at the Solheim Cup when the Women’s Equal Rider Cup is held at the Inverness Club in Toldo on Saturday.

Corda is leading a star-studded American team that tried to win the 16th crown two years ago after losing 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 to Europe in Scotland’s Gleneagles.

Europe – whose team includes only one player in the world’s top 20 – Sweden’s Anna Nordquist – is trying to win the title on American soil for the second time in tournament history after winning at Colorado Golf Club in 2013.

Corda formed a dominant partnership with older sister Jessica in the 2019 tournament, winning seven of America’s 13 1/2 points together with her siblings. She says she is not overwhelmed by the pressure to deliver, which comes with being the world’s number one.

“I try not to think about it,” Corda said. “There are definitely a lot of people who try to put it in my head, but I’m pretty easy.”

“I just try to fly under the radar and do my job, be as ready and enjoy as possible, hopefully I’ll make some points.”

The two Corda sisters are grouped into a four-player “pod” by US captain Pat Horst, using the same system successfully deployed by Paul Eisinger in the 2008 Ryder Cup.

Nellie Corda says that despite the domestic benefits, she sees American women as slightly weaker after her defeat two years ago.

“In a way, I feel like we’re underdogs, because they’re the ones defending,” Corda said. “I think we’re all just embracing this moment and we’re ready for Saturday.”

Europe captain Katrina Matthews says history illustrates the scale of the task facing her team.

And winning on American soil has been made even more difficult this year, as many European fans will not be able to travel to the United States due to epidemics.

“I think the fact that we’ve only won once shows how hard it is to win away from home,” Matthew said.

“It’s going to be harder and more challenging for us this year, but I think there’s a way we can get there.

“We’re really expecting some kind of basically zero fans … it certainly won’t be the same presence that usually occurs in a distant match.

“But I think the players are mentally ready. It gives them another challenge and another thing to try and overcome and win.”

The game starts at 4 am on Saturday with four ball matches in the afternoon.

The same schedule takes place on Sunday, before the end of the 12 singles matches on Monday.

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