Europe captain Koch heaps Solheim pressure on U.S.

Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:36am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's Solheim Cup skipper Carin Koch believes all the pressure will be on opposite number Juli Inkster and her United States side at the biennial team event in Germany in September.

Koch was involved as an assistant captain when fellow Swede Liselotte Neumann guided the visiting team to a record-breaking 18-10 victory in the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup in Colorado two years ago.

Europe will be going for an unprecedented third straight victory at the St Leon-Rot Golf Club in Heidelberg later this year but the skipper says she feels no extra burden of expectation.

"I think it's the U.S. team that has the most pressure because they've lost the last two matches and losing three in a row wouldn't be that much fun," the 44-year-old Koch told Reuters in an interview.

"I see it as a positive thing. We made history last time and now we can make it again and it's neat to have that goal to aim at.

"I'm not going to put on any extra burden, it's going to be fun for us," added Koch at the Ladies European Tour's Buckinghamshire Golf Club headquarters on the outskirts of London.

Listening to the Arizona-based Swede explaining her plans, it is clear fun will be a key characteristic of the week for her and her 12-strong team.

"If we have fun together, if we laugh together and have a good time, then you get the team spirit and you can get the right result," said Koch.   Continued...

Carin Koch of Sweden lines up her shot on the 8th hole during the first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters December 10, 2014.
 REUTERS/Caren Firouz