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Despite Being Tagged as Underdogs, Stacy Lewis’ Tigresses Roar After Drawing First Blood

Published 09/22/2023, 7:12 AM EDT

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The 2023 Solheim Cup has just launched in the golf cosmos, and Team US is already dominating the greens. With a brilliant 4-0 lead, silence has taken over the European audience. However, it is not only the players who are responsible for this commanding display but rather the foresight of their American captain, Stacy Lewis.

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Inscribing their mark at Finca Cortesín, the promising start of the US squad has shadowed the “underdog” title. Although both captains acknowledged this tag, the less experienced American front seemed to not worry about it at all. Looking at their gameplay, it is inevitable to not praise and look at the mindset of Captain Lewis behind these phenomenal pairings.

The Americans draw first blood with a dominant 4-0 first-day outing


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Never before been done. That is exactly what the situation from the Spanish Greens resonates with right now. The American power pairings have scripted their dominance on the foreign land as the strips and stars swept the European crew with 4-0. First, it was Cheyenne Knight and Ally Ewing who crushed the otherwise favorite Charley Hull and Emily Pederson.

Not only did this point in the American bank see a triumph, but it also witnessed a 5-up command of the US golfers. Following their cue, Lexi Thompson and Meghan Kang formed a resilient pair who danced well to the tune of Finca Cortesin as they bagged another point for the US. Not long after, another special pairing of Danielle Kang and Andrea Lee scored another point and took the lead to 3-0.


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However, history was made when Nelly Korda and Allisen Corpuz clean-swept the Europeans and carded an iconic 4-0 lead for the American side. While the competition was a tight contest, Americans have now proved that they are determined to leave a lasting impression at the coveted event.

Initially, as the pairings came to light, experts believed that the European side looked dominant on paper. However, now, after a few rounds of the game, it is clear that Stacy Lewis opened the game with her trump cards.

Stacy Lewis’ winning mindset behind her first four sent-in pairings

In her recent interview with Golf Week, American captain Stacy Lewis was asked to reveal the difficulty of the situation where four players had to be left out on the first day. Keeping her strong team in mind, Lewis explained going in with the mindset of grabbing early victories.


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She stated, “For me, I wanted to get off to a good start.” The golfer explained that her focus was clearly on getting out the best four pairings, in her opinion. Lewis explained how she kept in mind “more about who matched up together” than whom she was leaving out.

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She expressed no worry over who was sitting out, despite the mighty bench consisting of LPGA stars like Lilia Vu and Rose Zhang. The captain of the American side emphasized keeping the compatibility of the team in view more than anything else.


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While the stance prior to the match-up might have been different, the results of the American side surely would have drawn only praise for Stacy Lewis’ decision. Her chosen four pairings displayed no signs of disappointing the choices made by the golf star.

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Written by:

Areeba Basharat


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Areeba Basharat is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. She drives inspiration from the women players at the LPGA who've taken the sport to a level that allows female golfers to flourish and thrive with grace. Areeba defines her love for the sport by quoting legend, Michelle Wie West : "The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew that I would do it for the rest of my life."
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Sheldon Pereira