The Solheim Cup 2023 will start at Finca Cortesn with a high voltage blow

The Solheim Cup 2023 will start at Finca Cortesn with a high voltage blow

It is told at Finca Cortesn, where the heat and the flies remind that on the Costa del Sol the summer is very long, that the devilish start of the Solheim Cup in barely a year is the invention of European captain Suzann Pettersen, who knew this corner of the planet because her family had a home in the region and played in the Junior Ryder Cup in 1997.

On purpose or not, what the Norwegian managed to create was the most tense shot of golf history. At a par 4 of 256 meters, about 230 flight if you want to reach it all at once, with a lake protecting the green, it is added that the 28 matches of the 2023 edition will have to start there. , which is celebrated for the first time in Spain, in Casares -the city that does not attribute political colors to golf ordered by IU- and which can be a drink, especially for beginners.

“I think it might be the best shot in the history of the competition,” Pettersen recalls that at the start of the countdown he shared the stage and tried with actor and model Andrs Velencoso – handicap 6 – the first Spaniard in the history of the competition, Raquel Carriedo, who discovered everything women’s golf in Spain. , Marta Figueras Dotti and Alberto Missis, guitarist of the group ‘dvicio’.

A seesaw with 365 children heralds the countdown to the Solheim Cup

“At the first strike of the Solheim I had never been so nervous in my life”, recalled Carriedo, in line with all the golfers consulted, including Carlota Ciganda, the Spaniard the most present a priori for a year in this biennial confrontation between Europe and the United States. “And in addition to being the best, I hope it will also be the loudest in history,” Pettersen said.

Amid the shouting that usually preside over these shots, it will be a challenge to get to the green, even if the distance is good enough to try.

An endless swing to announce the countdown

In an image reminiscent of military salutes, 365 children from Andalusian golf academies, aged 4 to 15, made as many swings with balls on the breakwater in front of the Puerto Banús marina that ended up becoming balls golf. . From the air, in a helicopter, Suzann Pettersen followed the ceremony. It was the stunning culmination of a countdown to a Solheim Cup that has already begun.

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