SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Pairings are out for the fourth session, Saturday’s foursomes, and the first thing that jumps out at you is this: Michelle Wie will play for the third time with a third different partner.
This time, it will be Wie and Cristie Kerr. Earlier today, Wie won her four-ball match alongside Christina Kim. Friday, Wie and Morgan Pressel squandered a late lead and settled for a half-point in four-ball.
Question: Why not keep Wie with Kim, since they were dominating in four-ball? That would allow Kerr to play with her good pal, Natalie Gulbis? (Instead, Gulbis is with Kim.)
Next observation: A bit surprising to see Kristy McPherson in the afternoon lineup. She and Brittany Lincicome are 3-down on the 12th hole in the morning four-ball after having lost in foursomes yesterday afternoon and in the 28 holes she’s played thus far, McPherson has yet to have a lead.
True to her philosophy, U.S. captain Beth Daniel will not play anyone in five matches, as Lincicome and Angela Stanford will sit out the afternoon session.
No so for the Europeans, as Suzann Pettersen and Maria Hjorth will play all five.