As the European Team hope to win and retain the Solheim Cup for the first time in America former world number one Annika Sorenstam believes their preparation has left them with a great chance of doing so.
Swedish duo Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall will open Europe's defence of the trophy on today at the Colorado Golf Club and their compatriot, Sorenstam, doesn't feel that the pressure of the occasion will hamper the European's chances
“There will be a lot of pressure,” she said, “But most of the girls will be use to it and thrive under the pressure that they will come under.”
As often seen in the Ryder Cup the chemistry and organisation of the team is vital to their success and she feels that Liselotte Neumann has made sure her team is ready.
“Their preparation will be key and it has been really good.
“I believe they will be ready once Friday morning comes to play for the cup. It is great to be part of and to play in it, you just want to get going,” she continued.
Team Europe has never managed to retain the Solheim Cup and have never been victorious in the USA but Sorenstam says it is important that they believe that can win this time around.
“You need to come in with a positive attitude and you need to believe in your chances.
“We have had a few chance, but just not been able to do it.”
The 42 year old does believe that Neumann's side perhaps stands the best chance to date of retaining the cup as the majority of the team play most of their golf of that side of the water.
“You look at the players now, a lot play in the US, they are are use to the conditions and names on the American team so perhaps it is not as scaly as it use to be.
She finished, “We feel very comfortable that they will be able to step up to the plate when they need to.