Meet the Solheim Cup Teams

By: | Mon 09 Sep 2019 | Comments


Catriona Matthew's Europeans host the United States led by Juli Inkster at Gleneagles for the 2019 Solheim Cup. The Americans are going for a third triumph in a row, while the home side are unbeaten on Scottish soil, winning at Dalmahoy in 1992 and Loch Lomond in 2000. 

Both teams have a rich mixture of experience and youth, which promises to make for an intriguing encounter in Perthshire. We take a look at the 24 players who are competing for the famous trophy in the heart of Scotland.

Team Europe

Carlota Ciganda (Spain)
Age: 29
Caps: 3 (2013, 2015, 2017)
Record: Won 5 Lost 4 Halved 2
Europe’s top ranked player secured her place thanks to a consistent campaign which produced seven top-10 finishes, including in the Evian Championship and Women’s British Open.

Georgia Hall (England)
Age: 23
Caps: 1 (2017)
Record: Won 2 Lost 3 Halved 0
Played all five matches on her debut in Des Moines two years ago and won a maiden major title the following year in the Women’s British Open. Only top 10 of the season came in first event in January. Has struggled for form.

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Charley Hull (England)
Age: 23
Caps: 3 (2013, 2015, 2017)
Record: Won 7 Lost 3 Halved 1
Made her debut in the contest as a 17-year-old wild card and has the highest winning percentage (68.18) of any member of the European side, despite claiming just one win from three matches in 2017. A formidable opponent. 

Caroline Hedwall (Sweden)
Age: 30
Caps: 3 (2011, 2013, 2015)
Record: Won 8 Lost 4 Halved 1
Won seven of her first nine matches in the Solheim Cup, including five wins out of five in the victory in Colorado in 2013, where her singles win over Michelle Wie ensured Europe retained the trophy.

Caroline Masson (Germany)
Age: 30
Caps: 3 (2013, 2015, 2017)
Record: Won 3 Lost 6 Halved 2
Made the cut in all five major championships in 2019, including a tie for 11th in the Women’s British Open at Woburn. Won two and a half points on her Solheim Cup debut in 2013 but just one and a half points from her past two appearances. Has a point to prove.

Azahara Munoz (Spain)
Age: 31
Caps: 3 (2011, 2013, 2015)
Record: Won 4 Lost 6 Halved 1
Missed out on a fourth straight appearance in 2017 as she struggled to deal with a thyroid problem which left her low on energy, but has enjoyed a consistent 2019 campaign which included four top-10 finishes in her first six events.

Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)
Age: 32
Caps: 5 (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Record: Won 11 Lost 7 Halved 2
Experienced campaigner who went into the final qualifying event in Scotland just 0.01 points ahead of Celine Boutier in the standings, but made sure of her sixth appearance with a tie for 13th. Sent out first in the singles in both 2013 and 2017.

Anne Van Dam (Holland)
Age: 23
Caps: 0
The only rookie to qualify automatically, Van Dam has won four times on the Ladies European Tour since 2016 and made sure of her place in the side with a tie for sixth in the final event. Hits the ball a mile.

WILD CARDS

Celine Boutier (France)
Age: 25
Caps: 0
Narrowly missed out on an automatic place but was an obvious selection given her performances in the Women’s US Open and Women’s British Open, where she finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Suzann Pettersen (Norway)
Age: 38
Caps: 8 (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
Record: Won 16 Lost 11 Halved 6
Controversial selection. She only played twice - missing the cut both times - between November 2017 and the side being named. Was also the villain of the piece in a row over a short putt in the 2015 defeat in Germany but has vast experience despite missing out two years ago through injury.

Bronte Law (England)
Age: 24
Caps: 0
Ineligible for automatic qualification due to not playing enough LET events, but won her maiden LPGA Tour title in May having lost out in a play-off in her previous start. Compiled a 5-0 record in the 2016 Curtis Cup. Could be a real star for Europe.

Jodie Ewart Shadoff (England)
Age: 31
Caps: 2 (2013, 2017)
Record: Won 3 Lost 4 Halved 0
Started the season with three top 10s in her first four starts but withdrew from the Evian Championship with a back injury and underwent what was described as a “minor procedure” shortly before the team was announced.

Team USA

Marina Alex
Age: 29
Caps: 0
The debutant has little team competition experience apart from her time at Vanderbilt University but earned her way on to the team thanks largely to her first LPGA Tour win in the Cambia Portland Classic in 2018, where she finished four shots ahead of runner-up Georgia Hall.

Brittany Altomare
Age: 28
Caps: 0
Secured the eighth and final berth via the US points list with seven top 10s during the qualifying period, including a runner-up finish at the 2017 Evian Championship. A member of the 2006 Junior Ryder Cup team.

Danielle Kang
Age: 26
Caps: 1
Record: Won 3 Lost 1 Halved 0
Made an impressive Solheim Cup debut in 2017, winning three points from her four matches, including a victory over Emily Pedersen in the final singles match, although the overall result had been decided by then.

Megan Khang
Age: 21
Caps: 0
One of five rookies in the team, Khang was undefeated in the 2015 Junior Solheim Cup in Germany as the United States won a hard-fought contest 13-11. Recorded two top 10s in majors in 2019.

Jessica Korda
Age: 26
Caps: 1
Record: Won 1 Lost 2 Halved 1
Returns to the Solheim Cup for the first time since her debut in 2013. Was set to compete in Des Moines in 2017 but was forced to withdraw due to injury and was replaced by Paula Creamer. Determined to make up for it this time

Nelly Korda
Age: 21
Caps: 0
Secured a debut in the event with victories in Taiwan and Australia in the past two seasons after narrowly missing out on a wild card in 2017. Joins her sister, Jessica, as the first siblings to compete on the US Solheim Cup team.

Annie Park
Age: 24
Caps: 0
Another rookie. Park led her team at the University of Southern California to the school’s third national championship in 2013 and was also a member of the winning Curtis Cup team the following year. Loves the team environment.

Lizette Salas
Age: 30
Caps: 3
Record: Won 4 Lost 4 Halved 2
Salas returns for her fourth consecutive Solheim Cup in excellent form having finished runner-up in the Women’s British Open and third in the CP Women’s Open. Claimed three points in 2017, including the winning point in the singles.

Lexi Thompson
Age: 24
Caps: 3
Record: Won 5 Lost 2 Halved 4
Although still only 24, Thompson is one of the veterans in the American side as she makes a fourth consecutive appearance, although she will need a new partner in Scotland as Cristie Kerr failed to make the team.

Angel Yin
Age: 20
Caps: 1
Record: Won 1 Lost 1 Halved 1
Given a captain’s pick in 2017 and partnered Salas to a 6&5 win over Carlota Ciganda and Emily Pedersen in the opening day fourballs. Her half point against Karine Icher in the singles ensured that the United States would retain the trophy.

WILD CARDS

Ally McDonald
Age: 26
Caps: 0
Named first alternate for the United States, but has replaced the experienced Stacy Lewis, who has been forced to withdraw due to a back injury. The American is currently ranked 51st in the world and makes her Solheim Cup debut.

Morgan Pressel
Age: 31
Caps: 5
Record: Won 10 Lost 7 Halved 2
Made her case for a wild card with four top 10s in 2019, including fourth place in the Women’s British Open. Has an excellent record in singles, winning four of her five matches to date. Ferocious competitor.


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