Interview: Juli Inkster on the Solheim Cup

ON BOTH sides of the continental divide, things will look and feel a little bit unfamiliar when the 13th Solheim Cup matches tee-off on Friday morning at the Colorado Golf Club, just outside Denver.

Juli Inkster. Picture: Getty
Juli Inkster. Picture: Getty

For the first time since the biennial contest began at Lake Nona in 1990, Laura Davies will not be part of the 12-strong European line-up. And, across the aisle, there will be no sign of Hall of Famer Juli Inkster in the fresh-faced American side.

One will be missed a lot more than the other though. Whisper it, but the redoubtable Miss Davies, for all her fine qualities, is not, shall we say, the easiest individual (emphasis on individual) to deal with in a team environment. Inkster, on the other hand, is universally admired by all of her younger compatriots, commanding both respect and affection in equal doses. After nine Solheim appearances in US colours – during which she lost only once in singles – the absence of the 53-year-old Californian will be keenly felt.