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As European Side Moves Away From a Popular Tradition, Lexi Thompson Has Nothing but Trust for Her Solheim Cup Skipper: “I Definitely Believe’

Published 09/19/2023, 10:11 PM EDT

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The Solheim Cup is proving to be nothing short of a roller coaster ride for both sides even before the start of play. The captain of the USA team, Stacy Lewis, has been very busy with her team’s affairs including that of the missing clubs of one of the American golfers, gaining praise from her teammates including Lexi Thompson.

The skipper has proved to be reliable on all fronts and that is exactly what the players including Thompson believe. Moreover, the 28-year-old expressed her approval for the leader as she took to an interview ahead of the biennial event all the while praising Lewis’ bold move that kept them “together”!

Lexi Thompson shares her verdict on Lewis Stacy’s move

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The tensions have already reached their zenith as the two teams gear up to duke it out at the Finca Cortesin in Spain. The American team has come out guns-blazing with a united front unlike in the past when they were separated due to the pod system. And, the new system bought about by the skipper, Stacy Lewis, has garnered much praise from her teammates.

In a press conference ahead of the prestigious event, Thompson was seen indicating how Lewis has “a great strategy in mind.” Although the golfer does not feel like the old system was a bad thing, she indicated how the new one has been successful in a lot of ways, “keeping us (team) together and not really breaking us apart.”

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Continuing on with her response, the 28-year-old was quick to add the fact that everyone in the team getting along and knowing “each other’s games well” has helped them immensely. Moreover, the 11X LPGA Tour champ voiced her belief in the captain as she said “I definitely believe that Stacy knows what she’s doing” all the while expressing her excitement for the week.

It stands to see what will bring about with the new strategy that the captain has brought about in place of the pod system. Grouping them together instead of in smaller groups would indubitably increase their bond with each other and help them play a better team game. But still, it makes one curious as to when it came about, doesn’t it?

The pod system in the Solheim Cup

The idea of grouping was introduced by 2008 Ryder Cup captain Paul Azringer and adopted into Solheim Cup in the year 2015, by then USA captain, Juli Inkster. The idea was to divide the twelve players into groups of three based on their compatibility with each other. The squads would then spend the week eating, practicing, and playing together in hopes of a win at the event.

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The strategy was followed by Pat Hurst in 2021 as she became the leader of the US team. The five-time Solheim Cup veteran and three-time vice-captain asked her players to take personality tests which led them to be batched into different teams of four.

The previous team’s defeat in 2021 might have pushed Lewis, the current skipper, to change the system completely and group everyone together instead of dividing them up.

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Which team do you think would win it this time around? Let us know in the comments below.

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