SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Shocked. That’s the best way to describe my reaction to Beth Daniel’s afternoon lineup.
Cristie Kerr leads the money list. She’s the hottest American player on tour and she pretty much carried Paula Creamer around the morning session.
And what’s she doing right now? She’s sitting.
“Kerr played awesome today,” said Creamer after their hard-fought 1-up victory. “My hands go down to her today.”
Kerr posted five birdies in the four-ball session, including an incredibly clutch birdie on the 17th hole to match Suzann Pettersen and keep their 1-up lead. Her putter is hot, and it’s a shame to see it go cold this afternoon.
“Beth Daniel said she doesn’t want to play anybody five matches if she can,” said Kerr, who didn’t express disappointment over the decision. “This is a really long walk around this golf course. She just doesn’t want us to get worn out.”
Kerr found out she’d be sitting this afternoon sometime on Thursday, which means Daniel wasn’t at all interested in how players fared this morning.
What’s wrong with a little flexibility?
Also, if Daniel holds true to this notion of no one plays five, that means Creamer sits sometime on Saturday. That will be a first for the American stalwart, and it’s not necessary.
Europe will likely have several players tee it up every match – Suzann Pettersen, Sophie Gustafson and Catriona Matthew.
Nothing wrong with that.