At times on Saturday, there was awkward tension for Emma Talley with her boyfriend Patrick Smith, the caddie for Jennifer Kupcho. For the couple, competing in the same grouping with Talley as the 36-hole leader was unchartered territory.
Emma Talley, statements
“It was weird. I honestly didn’t like it. Now I know what to expect, so I feel a lot better about doing it. Today honestly threw me off and I was also very nervous. I haven’t been in this position in a long time.
I didn’t play the way I wanted, but I’m still leading the thing. I realized that I just need to block him out of view. As soon as I did that on the back nine, I started to play much better. When you’ve dated someone for almost five years, you look over and you want to talk about what was going on.
But, obviously, we’re kind of working”. Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced today the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio.
The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown. “We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell.
“The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events”.
The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic.
One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker. “The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker.
“I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!”