Former World No.1 and Nelly Korda’s Solheim Cup Comrade Gives a Stern Reality Check to the European Counterparts: ‘Nothing to Lose’

Published 09/20/2023, 10:52 PM EDT

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The past two editions of the prestigious tournament have seen Europe taking away the Solheim Cup from the hands of the American team. Tensions are high as the former chase a historic three-peat as well with the upcoming event. But the veteran team of players finds their rivals in the young squad of Nelly Korda and company who aim to bring the Cup back to American soil.

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Even so, the Suzann Pettersen-led squad is high on confidence as they hope to achieve the historic feat. Nevertheless, a former World No. 1 golfer and Korda’s teammate made sure to give a serious blast of reality to the European group who seemed to denote themselves as the “strongest team ever!”

Nelly Korda’s teammate lays down the bitter truth for Solheim Cup opponents

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Former No. 1 of the Rolex Rankings, Lilia Vu, is all set to make her first appearance at the Solheim Cup against a skillful European team. With wins in two majors this season, the golfer has proved herself to be more than capable of standing strong against the group of players. Moreover, the current World No. 2 had a lot to say regarding the “young team” that she was a part of.

In a press conference ahead of the Solheim Cup, Vu was seen mentioning how they wouldn’t consider themselves as the underdogs. Additionally, the 2X major winner made sure to give off a stern warning of sorts to the opponents as she said, “I think we can come in here with nothing to lose because there’s really nothing to lose”, expressing her confidence.

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Adding to her response, the 3X LPGA Tour winner expressed her belief that they would come out really strong all the while alluding to the age of the team. What’s more, the 25-year-old also indicated the fun the team will have on the course while showcasing how good they are.

The American has every right to believe so since the team, although comes out as young, is as strong as any other. This is especially evident with the performance that Korda’s teammate has put up in the year 2023.

Lilia Vu’s major wins in 2023

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Vu registered her first major win in the 2023 Chevron Championship where she scored a 10-under 278 tied for first place with Angel Yin. In the playoff hole that followed, the former emerged victorious taking home a total of $765,000 from the $5.1 million prize purse. Her second major win came from the AIG Women’s Open in August. The 25-year-old placed at the top with a 14 overall under 274, six strokes ahead of Englishwoman Charley Hull.

She will be looking forward to a similar achievement against the European team as the ultimate showdown takes place in Spain. Moreover, her team consisting of many rookies, led by US captain Stacy Lewis, would hope to pull off a ‘surprise’ against the strong European team.

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What do you think? Who in the two teams do you think would come out strong at the event? Share your thoughts below.

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