Friday, December 07, 2007


It all went horribly wrong for Annika Sorenstam's "dream team" on the first day of the Lexus Cup women's professional team match at Perth, Western Australia.
Asia swept to a 6-0 lead in the opening foursomes programme.
Sorenstam and fellow Solheim Cup player Catriona Matthew were beaten 3 and 2 by Candie Kung and Ayako Uehara as Asia, on the day, simploy outclassed the "International Team."
"I thought we had some great pairings. Everyone was excited to be here and play here. It just didn't turn out," said Interational team captain Annika.
"We will play better, leave this day behind. We have two more days and 24 more points."
The teams will play six better-ball matches on Saturday at The Vines and the competition will end Sunday with 12 singles matches.
The pendulum of power has swung, over the course of two years and three contests, from the International team - 16-8 winners in Singapore in 2005 - to Asia who edged a 12 1/2-11 1/2 victory last year but now look set for a runaway win at the third attempt.
"I didn't say anything much," Asia captain Se Ri Pak said. "I just tell them to go out and do their best."
Amy Hung and Ji Yai Shin beat Brittany Lincicome and Maria Hjorth 4 and 2 in the most-lopsided match of the day, while Jee Young Lee and Seon Hwa Lee topped Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis 3 and 2.
"It hurts! It stings! It definitely stings for us," Gulbis said.
Pak teamed with In-Kyung Kim to beat Morgan Pressel and Stacy Prammanasudh 2 and 1. Pak is playing with a shoulder injury.
"Actually, it was a little painful," Pak said. "... but the results today make it feel a little better."
In the other matches, Jeong Jang and Shi Hyun Ahn beat Angela Park and Nikki Campbell -- the lone Australian in the International line-up -- 2 and 1, and Sarah Lee and Meena Lee edged Cristie Kerr and Nicole Castrale by one hole.
Sorenstam was asked if the flies broke her concentration.
"The flies did not bother me. I don't think they bothered the rest of the team," she said. "We've been out there a few days this week, so we shouldn't be bothered by them. But, if I have to blame something, I'll blame today on the flies."