I actually don't have strong American leanings when it comes to international sport (or anything else actually) so rooting for the Europeans last weekend in the Solheim Cup is not necessarily shocking for anyone who knows me.
But frankly I was ticked off after watching the press conference with Christina Kim and Morgan Pressel and Christie Kerr the day before play started. I have a decent admiration for Kim because she has a certain defiant attitude to her; she steps outside of golf's boundaries of genteelness, etc. But she stepped right back into them when she addresses the only slightly subtle question about the Euro vs. American format. The reporter was essentially asking, without directly asking it, what about the Asians? Because some of the press over this Solheim Cup has centered around an allegedly weak European team (they very much held their own until the singles matches). And of course there has been all the coverage over the rise of Asian players.
But Kim said the Solheim Cup should stay the way it is because it's a golf tradition. First of all, it's only been around since the 1990s. It is certainly not as entrenched as the Ryder Cup. And, um, hello Christina Kim--you should have a problem with tradition. Actually all you women should have a problem with golf's traditions. If you want to create an interesting tournament there should be an Asian team.
Kerr suggested there be other tournaments to accomplish this (again, unstated) purpose. Like the men's President Cup. They could have a First Lady's Cup! she exclaimed. [Someone hand me a chisel. It's going to take a long time to chip away at all this cognitive dissonance.]
The Solheim Cup, despite its nascence, holds a certain position in the golf world. And the best golfers should have access to the publicity and prestige it confers.
Maybe if Kim had to sit down face-to-face with Yani Tseng and explain "tradition" to her, she would see the harm and discrimination it continues to perpetuate.