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Team USA Rookies gearing up for 1st Tee nerves at The Solheim Cup

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Team USA has three rookies on it this year and they are all turning to the veterans on the team to help them prepare for the 1st tee experience at The Solheim Cup. There’s nothing in women’s golf that compares to the pressure and the excitement that the players feel when hitting their first tee shot at The Solheim Cup.

Vicky Hurst
Stacy Lewis
Ryann O’Toole

Q. Can I ask you, what have the older hands been telling you about the first tee? I know you’re experienced in previous match play events, but have they been talking to you about the nerves and what to expect on the first tee of the Solheim day, all the crowds there and everything else?

VICKY HURST: Yeah, from what I’ve heard from all the past players is that everyone is very nervous, not just the rookies, but also the veterans and even the opposing team. So I’m just trying to stay aware that everyone’s nervous, not just me, and kind of getting myself not just ready for the first tee box, but every tee box.
I don’t know. It’s kind of in anticipation, but I think we’re ready for it.

STACY LEWIS: Yeah, I’ve kind of heard ‑‑ everybody says that Solheim pressure is almost worse than coming down the stretch at a major, so I’ve kind of got that. But if it’s worse than that, I don’t know if it can be much worse.

I don’t know. If I can get the ball on the tee and out there on the fairway somewhere, I’ll be happy. Everybody’s told me once you play the first couple holes, it’s just golf from there. Just kind of get through the first two and see what happens.

RYANN O’TOOLE: I think the best thing to do is to expect the unexpected and picture it being the absolute worst. For some of us, they said the weather was going to be absolutely crummy here and cold and windy. But walked out today and it was like, wow, this isn’t as cold as I expected. So you set yourself up for much worse and things seem much easier once they come that direction.

There are going to be a ton of people out there that are going to be cheering against us, and you just got to tell yourself that you’re in their territory, and we’re here to play and compete. And you just have to expect that they’re not going to be cheering for us. All you can do is focus on your tee shot and go from there.

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