Let the battle begin!

It’s game day and something’s got to give as Team USA and Team Europe clash for Solheim Cup glory at Gleneagles.

The home of golf is hosting The Solheim Cup for the third time in its history with previous editions being held at Dalmahoy in 1992 and Loch Lomond in 2000.

For European captain Catriona Matthew it’s been a culmination of nearly two years of hard work as she takes charge in her home country.

While Juli Inkster is taking the reins of her third USA team, having recorded victories during her first two editions in 2015 and 2017.

After a week of build-up, getting to know the course and being surrounded with the media frenzy, the players are ready to go.

Both teams received a warm reception at the Opening Ceremony, where they were joined on stage by the caddies of all the players.

Pairings for the morning’s foursomes were announced yesterday and both teams have sent some of their rookies out onto the course early.

Europe’s Bronte Law will tee off alongside Carlota Ciganda and Celine Boutier will go out with Georgia Hall.

While Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Nelly Korda, Megan Khang and Annie Park are all playing in the first session for the USA.

And nine-time player Matthew is excited about the alternative perspective she has going into the first morning of competition.

“You know, obviously it’s very different being a captain,” Matthew said.

“You’ve not got that kind of nervous energy thinking, how you’re going to play and wanting to perform.

“I’m actually looking forward to get to the first tee, I can actually go out and enjoy it; you’re not worrying about your shots or trying to hit it.

“I’m just loving it, enjoying it. It will be a different kind of pressure, but I think perhaps probably more enjoyable.

“You look back on your Solheim Cups and they’re great, but when you’re actually out there doing it, it can be pretty daunting at times.”

Inkster added: “We’re both ready to go. We both want to play.

“The bottom line, it’s a golf competition and we’re going out there, and Catriona’s team’s going to go out there. We’re going to show them some impressive golf.”

Let the battle begin.