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Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Solheim Cup "Bump"

You may have heard golf commentators discuss "the bump." It's that little extra something that players sometimes get after they play well in a team event like the Ryder, Presidents, or Solheim Cup. Call it what you will -- a boost of confidence, a run of form, even a little mojo -- it certainly seems to be a real phenomenon.

At least it is for Caroline Hedwall. As you may remember, Hedwall wasn't playing that well right before the Cup. In fact, she finished T31 at the US Women's Open and missed the cut at the RICOH Women's British Open. Then she became the first woman ever to go 5-0-0 in Solheim Cup competition. Since then she's been T3 at the LPGA's CN Canadian Women's Open, took a week off (needed the rest, I imagine), and now she's managed to take the lead at the Helsingborg Open in her homeland of Sweden.

Hedwall and caddie

Of course, we women's golf fans in America can't watch it because it's not televised here. (It may not be televised anywhere; I couldn't find anything at the LET site to the contrary.) I gave you a first round update on Friday, which included a link to the first round summary at the LET site. Today I'm adding a link to the LET's second round update and a link to the LET's third round update for those of you who want more detail, but I'll summarize things quickly here.

Apparently the winds picked up considerably for the second round and the players struggled a bit. Valentine Derrey of France played well enough to take a one-stroke lead over first round leader I.K. Kim and Lee-Anne Pace, who leads the LET Order of Merit. Hedwall managed a 2-under 70 -- not as good as Derrey and Pace but better than Kim -- and said she was fairly happy because the winds were tough.

But they got even tougher on Saturday and nobody shot lower than 70 -- nobody except Hedwall, who blistered the course with a 5-under 67! Derrey, Pace, and Kim all shot over par, so Hedwall now sits 4 shots clear of the field heading into the final round.

This really is a home game for Caroline. According to the third round update, her family lives only 15 minutes from the course. If you saw any of the Solheim Cup you know that Hedwall has some serious power, which should give her an edge in the wind. (If you're already pretty long, swinging easy into the wind still leaves you shorter approaches than the rest of the field!) Add all of that to the Solheim Cup "bump" I mentioned and you've got a potential runaway win today. And if she manages to pull it off, I think you've got to consider her a favorite in the Evian Championship next week.

Will "the bump" help any of the other Euro players? That remains to be seen. Except for Anna Nordqvist (who was already playing pretty well before Solheim) I haven't seen any real indication that it will.

But don't tell Caroline Hedwall. For her, "the bump" is real.

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