Annika Sorenstam

The O’Grady bunch - Leona and Eanna shine for Shane

Coach Shane O’Grady has helped Leona Maguire become world amateur No 1 and the 2015 National Player of the Year in the US. But he’s also helped Waterford’s Eanna Griffin become a player who could one day challenge for top honours in the professional game.

The O’Grady bunch - Leona and Eanna shine for Shane

No-one wants Solheim Cup format change

World No 2 Suzann Pettersen wants tradition maintained in the biennial clash between Europe and the USA. Picture: Jenny Matthews www.golffile.ieSweden’s Annika Sorenstam believes that a European Solheim Cup victory in Ireland this week will kill off talk that the biennial matchplay event is becoming too one-sided.

The United States leads the series 8-3 and will be seeking its fourth successive victory when the three-day match begins on Friday at the Jack Nicklaus designed Killeen Castle course in County Meath, 25 miles north-west of Dublin.

Ten-time major winner Sorenstam, who is one of Europe captain Alison Nicholas’ non-playing assistants this week, does not want to see the event’s format changed to see the United States taking on an International team.

"I didn't have the normal childhood" - Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie was in relaxed mood at Killeen Castle on Tuesday. Photo by Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.ieMichelle Wie has hit back at European vice-captain Annika Sorenstam again and insisted that hitting the books has made her all grown up.

Ten-time major winner Sorenstam believes the big hitting Hawaiian has made a mistake by mixing the tour with her degree at Stanford University and isn’t “mentally strong enough to finish at the top.”

But as she prepares to lead the US in Solheim Cup battle with Europe at Killeen Castle this week, Wie reckons that mixing books and birdies was just what she needed to make up for a lost childhood.

Sorenstam and Morley get Solheim Cup jobs

Solheim Cup skipper Alison Nicholas has opted not to have an Irish vice captain when Europe take on the US at Killeen Castle next year. 

The English star hinted last month that she might include an Irish player like Maureen Madill in her back room team in Co Meath. 

It now appears that Ireland will not be represented on the sidelines as Nicholas yesterday named Swedish legend Annika Sorenstam and England’s Joanne Morley as her assistants.