Despite Locking Horns With Her Solheim Cup Sisters, the $2M Event Becomes the LPGA Icon’s Secret Mantra to Patriotic Success

Published 09/09/2023, 10:15 AM EDT

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The Solheim Cup fever is back, and the golf world is on high alert as it looks forward to Finca Cortesin in Spain. Moreover, all eyes have fallen on the various players selected for the biennial tournament after the two captains announced their picks not too long ago. Moreover, many golfers who are part of the prestigious tournament, including Charley Hull, were seen readying themselves as they took part in the ongoing Kroger Queen City Championship.

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As the golfers strive to take a cut of the $2 million prize purse, another one of the Solheim Cup players and Hull’s teammate was seen duking it out with her peers at the Kenwood Country Club. Moreover, it seems as if this event is the LPGA Tour Pro’s only way to bring the correct mindset to the table before her patriotic stint!

Solheim Cup star and LPGA icon opens up about her mindset

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The golf community is on the edge of its seats as the golfers vie for the $300,000 winner’s cut in Cincinnati. And striving for the same is Madelene Sagstrom, as she hopes to take home the title and prepare herself for the upcoming Solheim Cup. Although she has had a rough year, the Swedish golfer was part of the set of wild card picks made by Team Europe’s captain. Amidst the ongoing tensions, the professional revealed how she keeps herself composed and in the correct mindset under pressure.

In a post-round interview on Friday, Sagstrom admitted that she has not been on her best form since getting picked for the biennial event. Adding to her confession, the 30-year-old revealed how she is “definitely not performing the best on our (European) team”. Nevertheless, the two-time Solheim Cup star conveyed a lot of patriotism during her interview, as the golfer mentioned her determination to “get herself some good rounds under pressure”, while “wanting to play well” in the upcoming event.

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Adding to her response, the Swedish professional expressed joy in finding the “little bit of form” that she managed to bring out while working hard on her game. Sagstrom ended her response by hinting at how she would be going to Spain with the mindset of playing well instead of thinking about “just holding it together”.

The upcoming event would be the LPGA golf pro’s third appearance at the prestigious tournament. The European team, including Sagstrom, emerged victorious at the 2021 edition of the Solheim Cup. Moreover, the professional is now aiming to up her game at Kenwood Country Club after a rough year in 2023.

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The Swedish professional is currently placed at T12 in the ongoing Kroger Queen City Championship with scores of 69 (-3) and 68 (-4) in the first two rounds, respectively. She will be looking forward to pushing past her peers to reach the top of the leaderboard on the weekend. Moreover, the 1X Solheim Cup winner will be aiming to beat her teammates for the upcoming biennial event, including Hull and Emily Kristine Pedersen, who are currently placed above her at T5 and T7, respectively.

Although Sagstrom only boasts a total of three top-10 finishes in 2023, her experience and current form, which is on the rise, have earned her a spot at the Solheim Cup. The best of the golfer’s finishes came at the LET: Aramco Team Series New York-Individual (USA), where she finished as the runner-up with a score of 8-under 208. But this time around, she will be looking to not place second, as her teammates will be counting on her to deliver for the country.

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Do you think Madelene Sagstrom would be able to pull off another win in Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments below.

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