No weak links on Europe's Solheim Cup team - Georgia Hall

Europe need to avoid a third straight defeat to the United States.

Georgia Hall believes there are no weak links on Europe’s Solheim Cup team as they try to avoid a third straight defeat to the United States.

Solheim Cup team - Hall believes no weak links on the team
Georgia Hall. Credit: Kenny Smith/PA Wire.

Europe were on course for their own hat-trick of victories in 2015 when they led 10-6 heading into the singles matches at St Leon Rot in Germany, only for the USA to use the controversial end to the final weather-affected fourball match as inspiration to stage an historic comeback.

The home side then retained the trophy with ease in Iowa two years ago and travel to Gleneagles looking to complete a hat-trick of wins for the third time and take the overall score in the biennial contest to 11-5.

The bookmakers make Juli Inkster’s side odds-on favourites to do just that but Hall is confident she and her team-mates can maintain Europe’s 100 per cent strike record in the contest in Scotland following previous wins at Dalmahoy in 1992 and Loch Lomond in 2000.

“I think we’ve got a great team, I don’t think there is one weak player in the team,” Hall told the PA news agency.

“There’s a lot of different personalities, we all bring something different which I think is great and I think we’ll have some really good pairings.

“I had an awesome experience on my debut two years ago. It was great to be part of that team and I learnt a lot as well. I managed to play well that week and hopefully I can do the same again this time, just with a different result.”

Hall was one of Europe’s best players in the defeat in Des Moines in 2017, winning two of her five matches – both in foursomes alongside Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist – and losing narrowly to the experienced Paula Creamer in the singles.

“She has certainly played like a superstar the last two days,” Nordqvist said at the time.

Solheim Cup team - Hall believes no weak links on the team
Anna Nordqvist. Credit: Kenny Smith/PA Wire.

“She’s very fearless and she’s a fun character. I didn’t know her at all coming into this week, but it’s certainly been a blast playing alongside her. She has a great future in front of her.”

Nordqvist proved a shrewd judge of character as Hall would go on to win the Women’s British Open a year after her Solheim Cup debut, although the 23-year-old from Bournemouth has struggled to reproduce that sort of form in 2019.

Hall’s sole top-10 finish on the LPGA Tour this season came in her first event in January but she believes the results do not fully reflect how she has been playing more recently.

“After you win a major you have a lot of expectations on yourself and maybe I put a little bit of pressure on myself at the start of the year,” Hall added.

“I didn’t have the start of the year I wanted but the last few weeks have seen two majors in a row and I started the defence of my British Open very well and played well at the Evian (Championship).

“I feel like I’m really playing well in this part of the year and I’m really looking forward to the Solheim.

“I’ve been playing really good golf. Some scores haven’t kind of matched that, but I feel like I’ve been playing a lot better the second half of the season.”

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