NANCY LOPEZ: Annika is, you know, one of the best players I've ever seen, and I know when she set her goal to win the Grand Slam, I was rooting for her. I would have liked to have seen that happen. I don't think there is many players that can ever really say, and dedicate themselves to that goal and say, "I want to win the four majors." You know, my hat was off to her. That's a lot of pressure to put on yourself.
She had to really focus and work hard, and she had to feel pressure every minute, every day, every tournament. I know when she wasn't able to do that, and she lost the US Open or didn't win the US Open, she was very tired. She didn't really play well after that. She struggled a little bit. Unless you've been there, you don't know how that feels.
I'm sure at night, she laid in bed and knew how good she is, but she never told anybody that. She just went ahead and played her game, beat everybody, and that's the type player that I see in Annika.
I think that, you know, we had a conversation, Catrin and I did, at Nabisco, because we were watching Annika on television, and she kind of nudged me, and she said, "What do you think about her?" I said, "She's a great player, but you have one Annika and I have 12 Annikas," so she said, "Oh, that was good, that was good."
But I think that they have a strong team, and the Europeans seem to really blossom during the Solheim Cup. So, I have to tell my players, you may be the favorite, but play like you're the underdog, because you don't want to get big headed about anything, now that you're playing great. You have got to go out there and play 100 percent. That's what I told them, give me 100 percent. That's all that matters to me.
I think it's important, and I always kind of lived my life on the golf course like that. As I told them, if you look in the mirror, and you can say to yourself that you gave 100 percent, that's all that matters, win or lose, because you're playing against some of the greatest players that have ever played the game. Sometimes they're going to beat you, no matter how great you play. I try to encourage my team to play the best they can no matter what.
Q. Do we have any more questions for Nancy?
Kind of a two part question. With Paula being the first rookie on the team, is it possible though, since she is one of the strongest players on the team, we could see her play every match? And also, could we see a couple of rookies put together as a team?
NANCY LOPEZ: Well, you know, those young players, they have a lot of energy, and I'm sure she'll be able to play 36 holes at least one of the two days. I haven't really decided what I'm going to do, but I think the young players could definitely do that.
Playing two rookies together, I may do that. I'm not really sure, because I think they're experienced enough to handle it. Just watching them, I mean, they're great players. They're not intimidated by anything. So, I mean, I could do that, but I'm just kind of watching to see what's going to happen maybe after the first day, and then go from there, but like I said, I have so many great players. I mean, I just I visualize some great matches, and hopefully ours we'll be the ones that are on top by a lot, and that's what I visualize hopefully.
Q. Do we have any more questions?
Okay. Thank you. Thank you Nancy. Good luck this week.
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