October 21, 1994
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
SHERRI STEINHAUER: Well, it was a tough day out there today. We played well and fortunate to come out ahead by 2 at the end. And it was just a fighting match. We were never down. We were either even or up the entire day. We played well. I think we played very, very well together.
PATTY SHEEHAN: Well, I have to say that Sherri was the pillar of strength and you wouldn't think that the great veteran I am supposed to be would have been the nervous wreck out there, but I was. And Sherri played very, very well and she was the star. She drove the ball well and she putted well and hit some good bunker shots; certainly the one at 18 was awesome. And I was just kind of along for the ride cheering for her. It was a great match. It wasn't a pretty match, but it was a great match and a hard-fought match by both sides. And we were just really fortunate to be on the top. As far as the highlights are concerned, let us see, we went one up on the second hole, Pam hit her shot in the water and they made a bogey. We made a par. And then we went two up on the third hole. We made par and they made a bogey. And then the fourth hole we lost, we made a bogey, they made a par. Both from out of the bunker. And then what happened?
SHERRI STEINHAUER: Fifth hole we lost.
PATTY SHEEHAN: Fifth hole we lost. We made a bogey, they made a par. Then we kind of -- 6th hole, did we win that one? It is very difficult you guys. We are in such a zone and, you know, we are really not -- we are trying to think here. Got a great up-and-down out of the bunker on 6 and we had a great up-and-down out of the bunker on 7 to tie. So we are still even. 8.
PATTY SHEEHAN: Help us. Number 9, what is nine?
SHERRI STEINHAUER: Par 3.
PATTY SHEEHAN: Par 3. You hit a good shot in there and they didn't get up-and-down out of the bunker and we won that hole.
PATTY SHEEHAN: We won the 12th hole. It was a great birdie. They relayed it up perfectly for the yardage.
SHERRI STEINHAUER: Yeah, I layed it up perfectly. It wasn't quite the number that she wanted, but -- and then unfortunately it was not a very pretty lie. She was right in the middle of a divot and hit a great shot out about twelve feet, so wonderful shot from that lie and so I made the putt and we won that one.
PATTY SHEEHAN: You got a great up-and-down on 13.
SHERRI STEINHAUER: 13, I drove it in the left bunker, not a good tee shot. Patty hit a great shot out, long, just continued on past the other -- the green and they made par and we got up-and-down for par.
PATTY SHEEHAN: Sherri hit an awesome chip to like this (about 8 inches) for par.
SHERRI STEINHAUER: 14, what is 14? I had a hiccup on my putt and we 3-putted. I missed a short one there, so we lost that one to go one up.
Q. What length was it?
SHERRI STEINHAUER: Two feet.
PATTY SHEEHAN: Three feet.
Q. What was were you pardoning yourself at two feet or is she being generous at 3?
PATTY SHEEHAN: Looked like 3 to me.
SHERRI STEINHAUER: Somewhere in there.
PATTY SHEEHAN: It was a junior.
SHERRI STEINHAUER: Yeah. Let us see, what is the next one. I drove it down the right side. You want to keep it left center on that shot and Patti hit a great cut with the ball, good shot, right to the front of the green and we 2-putted. And then Trish hit it in the trees on her second shot and Pam hit it on -- they 2-putted, made bogey and we made we made par. 16, they made birdie. Trish made that par, right?
PATTY SHEEHAN: Yes.
SHERRI STEINHAUER: Trish -- Pam hit a great shot in and so they made birdie and we lost that one. 17, we halved with pars. And 18, we won that one.
PATTY SHEEHAN: It was ugly.
Q. Tell us about the bunker shot on 18?
SHERRI STEINHAUER: Let's see, it was probably about a -- 60 feet?
PATTY SHEEHAN: No.
SHERRI STEINHAUER: 50 feet?
Q. 25 or 30 yards?
PATTY SHEEHAN: Yards?
Q. About 25 or 30 yards, so that is 50 or 60 feet.
PATTY SHEEHAN: 30 yards is 90 feet; is that right?
SHERRI STEINHAUER: So I just -- I practiced that shot quite a bit and just kind of a long run shot and just basically closed my eyes and hit it and was fortunate when I opened them, but it was -- Patti left it actually in a good spot. I was trying to get it down there as far as I could on my second shot so that she wouldn't have such a long shot in and she had, how far did you have?
PATTY SHEEHAN: 210.
SHERRI STEINHAUER: 210 to the pin, so she did the right thing and if she is going to miss it, she wants to miss it to the right; give me all the green to work with, and that was the place to be if you were going to miss it.
PATTY SHEEHAN: And I missed it.
SHERRI STEINHAUER: Well, from 210 uphill, that is not an easy shot.
Q. What were you hitting?
PATTY SHEEHAN: I hit a 4-wood.
Q. How did you fancy the putt?
PATTY SHEEHAN: How did I fancy the putt? It was -- how did I fancy the putt? I was happy as hell that it was given to us.
Q. How long was it?
PATTY SHEEHAN: The putt -- the putt was probably four, five feet with a little bit of a break to the left, but, you know, fortunately for us, we didn't have to putt it.
Q. Patti, what is the mood of the American team going to be tonight?
PATTY SHEEHAN: We are all going to go out and get drunk, probably.
Q. Why were you nervous?
PATTY SHEEHAN: I don't know. I think that our match was a big boost. I think that we lost 3 in a row there and because we hung in tough and brought home a point, that was a big boost for us and so I think we are going to be okay tonight. We still have two days left and it is early yet, so I don't think that there is going to be any problems.
Q. Were you aware of what was going on at the time?
PATTY SHEEHAN: Yes.
Q. Why were you a nervous wreck, Patti?
PATTY SHEEHAN: I don't know. I just -- I want to do so well for Sherri and for the team and for the country that I guess I put too much pressure on myself and I was just trying too hard, I think, and it is just a wicked nerve wracking day, and never really got settled down, so I don't know, you know, I don't really know why, but it was just -- that was it.
Q. Is it always this way for Solheim Cups?
PATTY SHEEHAN: Yeah, I think so. I have had a little bit of a tough time with nerves in The Solheim Cup in the past. You would think the older and more mature and more experienced you get, the easier it would be, but it doesn't seem to work that way with me.
Q. Did the cold train rattling by, I think it was on the third or fourth hole when you put it in the bunker on the par 3, it was awfully loud; was that very distracting?
PATTY SHEEHAN: Actually I didn't hear the train. It was just a bad swing. But it was right next to Trish when she was hitting; I am sure it was a distraction for her.
Q. Did you notice the earlier matches; specifically, the first match, did you pay any attention to that, as far as the score while you were playing?
PATTY SHEEHAN: Well, Barb, our observer had a radio and she told us when they had won and they had won their match when we were on the 12th hole.
Q. So does a match like that have any emotional effect on the matches that follow it?
SHERRI STEINHAUER: I think, you know, when we were out there playing and no matter what position you are in, you are out there doing what you have to do and yet it was great when we found out that they had won the match, no doubt we were happy and thrilled about that, but we still had a lot of work ahead of us and I think both Patti and I were just really into what we had to do and what we were doing and I know I wasn't paying attention to the board. I didn't know what was happening after that, after the first match. And there is too many other things to think about with your own game to worry about how the other matches are going. You can't control them. You can't do anything about them.
PATTY SHEEHAN: Good answer.
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