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Hull is so young that only two years ago in Ireland she was part of the Junior Solheim Cup team. So naturally, when this year’s junior squad had a chance to meet the European team, Hull made all the introductions.

Pettersen is playing in her seventh Solheim Cup, tied with Matthew and Kerr for having the most experience among the 24 players this week. Someone mentioned that Hull was only 3 when Pettersen made her cup debut.

“I looked up to Laura, Catriona, Suzann … just kind of weird,” Hull said, her shoulders upright and head high throughout her press conference. “But it feels right when you’ve been looking at them for so long, and they you’re on the team with them. But wow, 3?”

Hull hopes to lean on her own junior varsity experience from Ireland.

“It rocked my world when I went out there and won a couple of points,” Hull said. “And it would rock my world if I went out there this time and won a couple of points.”

Her confidence was reminiscent of Creamer, who made her Solheim Cup debut in 2005 at 19, not long after she went through high school graduation. Creamer said in the weeks leading up to the matches, “All I can say is they had better get ready, because they’re going to get beat.”

She backed it up, going 3-1-1 and crushing Davies in the second of 12 singles matches in an American win at Crooked Stick.

Looking back, Creamer was more nervous than she was letting on.

“I thought I felt everything that you could feel, but I was very wrong,” she said.

Mallon is curious to see how the rookies will perform _ her four, the six for Europe _ though she is equally concerned about Europe’s quest to finally win the cup away from home. Even though Europe won two years ago in Ireland, it rarely is seen as the favorite in these matches.

Hull is the only player who is not an LPGA Tour member. Europe has seven players who have yet to win an LPGA event, and three players _ Hull, Giulia Sergas of Italy and Ewart-Shadoff of England _ who have never even won on the Ladies European Tour.

Even so, Mallon has been preaching to her squad to expect anything in this kind of format, and with nationality driving the emotions.

“The player that doesn’t know anything is very scary,” Mallon said. “So we have to pay attention to that. We have to be aware that in match play, it’s anyone’s day. And so that’s going to be my job the next couple of days, to make sure that we take care of our business out there and know that they have a really young team. And they have nothing to lose.”

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