Solheim Cup: European team to attack in Colorado event

Last Updated: 15/08/13 12:21pm

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The Solheim Cup begins on Friday with Europe's rookies are confident of making history.

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Team Europe will come out fighting in this week's Solheim Cup, with even the rookies saying they need to take the battle to the American's even though they are on home soil.

Europe may be the Solheim Cup holders but tee off in Colorado as the underdogs considering they have never been able to beat the Americans in the States.

Home advantage is usually key, especially with the backing of the American fans, but Europe are determined not to go into their shell in the face of such backing.

European rookie Jodi Ewart Shadoff says the only way to come out on top is to take the fight to the Americans from the start.

"If you play defensive they're just going to take advantage of you, so I think all the rookies will play hard," said Ewart Shadoff. "All the rookies, including myself, are all really good ball strikers.

"I've played a couple of practice rounds already and we're hitting it tight, so I think it's just going to come down to the putting on the greens.

Dream

"It's what you dream of as a little girl growing up - you watch it at home on the TV, like last time I was watching on TV and I want to be a part of that experience of winning - it would mean everything to me."

Being home favourites could have an adverse effect on some American players though, with the weight of expectations being high, especially on the rookies.

Lexi Thompson is one such rookie but she says the veterans of the team have been getting her clued up on just what it will feel like to play Solheim Cup golf.

"They've helped me out a lot in the last few days and the other practice sessions that we've had," said Thompson. "Just telling me what to expect walking to the first tee and playing the first tee shot and how nervous I'm going to be.

"And apart from that just how to take the matches. Everything's going to speed up with the tempo and the pace so it's important that you slow things down and stay in your routine on every shot."

The Solheim Cup is live on Sky Sports 1HD from Friday at 2pm.

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