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Dale Reid speaks to BBC Sport Online
"I was heavily criticised for picking Helen Alfredsson"
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Thursday, 30 November, 2000, 14:08 GMT
Reid revisits Solheim glory
Dale Reid and the Solheim Cup team
Reid's team was head and shoulders above the rest
Dale Reid speaks to BBC Sport Online's Saj Chowdhury about the day her European team clinched the Solheim Cup at the expense of the Americans.

Scot Dale Reid masterminded one of the great sporting achievements of 2000 - taking the Europeans to Solheim Cup victory at Loch Lomond.

It appeared to be Ryder Cup revisited for the European women. Their commanding position was under threat from an American team on the final day of the singles - until the rain break intervened.

"I was thinking it was the last Solheim Cup rather than the last Ryder Cup all over again because the Americans were closing in again during the singles," said Reid, after picking up the award for Team of the Year at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year ceremony.

"The rain delay helped because it gave time to re-focus knowing that we needed just four points for victory.

Rookies

"When I came in during the break I heard loads of whooping and hollering from the Americans' locker room. So I went into to where our girls were and told them that we couldn't lose."

Carin Koch
Koch stunned the Americans with a thrilling climax

Europe had lost the first two matches and were trailing in the other 10 at one stage.

It was up to two rookies in the European side to lift the Reid's team to victory.

"Janice Moodie managed to bring her match around after being six down at one stage and of course there was Carin Koch at the end," added the Scot.

Stacked

Koch, three down to Michele Redman, fought back to birdie the 16th and 17th for victory.


I was heavily criticised for picking Helen Alfredsson
  Dale Reid
The win was all the sweeter for Reid because the odds of Europe trying to win the title were stacked heavily against them.

"There was something that upset me last year in an American golf magazine - it had 'R.I.P' on a gravestone in reference to the European team. But of course after our win I realised what that 'R.I.P' really stood for," said Reid.

Reid's player selection process also came under fire.

'Heavily criticised'

"I had to explain to the media, in the weeks leading up to the event, that I had reasons for picking the five wildcard entries," she said.

"In a match-play event it doesn't matter how well somebody has done in stroke play. And I knew what the course was like so I picked people who can play head-to-head."

"I was heavily criticised for picking Helen Alfredsson. She battles against the scorecard but she is the one of the best match players I know. Why would I leave her out?"

Reid is now set to captain Europe's defence of the Solheim Cup in Minnesota in two year's time. If she does, then it is unlikely that anybody will be arguing with her.

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