Solheim stars worn out prior to Safeway

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – The Solheim Cup teams came to Pumpkin Ridge battered and bruised. Juli Inkster withdrew at the start of the week. Maria Hjorth, who is battling a cold, pulled out of the pro-am today after nine holes. Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford and Cristie Kerr are among those feeling under the weather.

“It happens so often after a big week,” said Hjorth, one of only two players in the entire competition to play all five matches. Hjorth didn’t touch a club again until Wednesday.

Creamer felt the best she had in month at the Solheim Cup but worried she wouldn’t make it through Wednesday’s pro-am round.

“I feel terrible,” Creamer said.

Michelle Wie twisted her ankle walking to the tee on Saturday at Rich Harvest Farms, but it’s nothing serious. She’s still floating from her terrific Solheim showing to worry too much about fatigue. She is, after all, only 19 years old.

Now that she’s one of the girls, look for Wie to play with a newfound confidence this week. The tour’s top players support her; Ghost Creek has five par 5s; and Dave Stockton’s putting tips are golden.

This might be the week.

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