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All You Need to Know About The 2023 European Solheim Cup Team

By: | Mon 18 Sep 2023

Now captained by the great Suzann Pettersen, Europe are attempting to make history by winning a third successive Solheim Cup. They have every reason to feel confident in 2023, but nothing can be taken for granted. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at the 12 women representing the continent at Finca Cortesin.

Celine Boutier 

Age: 29

Country: France

World Rank: 3

Solheim Cup Record: 5-1-1 (2019, 2021)

The Frenchwoman is having a dream year, winning her maiden major at the Evian Championship in her home country and then captured the Scottish Open the following week for her third victory of the year, tied for the most on tour. She is a ferocious competitor with a great Solheim Cup record.

Carlota Ciganda

Age: 33

Country: Spain

World Rank: 33

Solheim Cup Record: 7-8-4 (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)

The Spaniard fell outside the top 50 in the world rankings last year for the first time since 2015. However, she’s steadily climbed to No. 33 with seven top-20s this season and is seventh in scoring average on tour (70.47), which would be a career-high if she keeps this pace. Bound to be inspired by playing on home soil.

Linn Grant

Age: 24

Country: Sweden

World Rank: 19

Solheim Cup Record: Rookie

Grant is a sensation, winning four times on the LET in 2022 in her first full season and becoming the third Swede to win the Order of Merit. From 2022 to May 2023, she was unable to play in the US due to her vaccination status. In her first LPGA start stateside, she finished third and won her first LPGA title in July at the Dana Open. She will relish the Solheim Cup challenge.

Georgia Hall

Age: 27

Country: England

World Rank: 16

Solheim Cup Record: 7-5-1 (2017, 2019, 2021)

Although Hall has not won on the LPGA Tour since 2020 and on the LET since 2022, she had two runner-ups this season, including a playoff loss to Boutier at the LPGA Drive On Championship, earning her an automatic spot in the team.

Charley Hull 

Charley Hull

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Age: 27

Country: England

World Rank: 9

Solheim Cup Record: 9-3-3 (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)

Hull was just 17 when she made her Solheim Cup debut, the youngest competitor in the event’s history. She stunned Paula Creamer in singles that year, beating the veteran, 5 and 4, and hasn't had a losing record in five previous appearances, going 2-2-0 in her most recent start. At just 27, this will be her sixth outing. Wears her heart on her sleeve.

Leona Maguire

Age: 28

World Rank: 14

Solheim Cup Record: 4-0-1 (2021)

After two Junior Solheim Cup appearances, the Irishwoman starred as a captain’s pick in her first Solheim appearance. Since then, she has picked up two LPGA titles and is one of the sport’s best all-around players, ranking inside the top 30 on tour in putting average, greens in regulation and driving accuracy.

Anna Nordqvist 

Age: 36

World Rank: 37

Solheim Cup Record: 14-10-3 (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)

In seven straight appearances, the Swede has earned 15.5 points in 27 matches. This year, she’ll take on an elevated role as a playing vice-captain after claiming the final automatic qualifying spot via the world rankings. She will be hard to beat, as she is third on the LPGA in greens in hitting greens in regulation with a highly impressive 74.12%.

Maja Stark 

Age: 23

Country: Sweden

World Ranking: 40

Solheim Cup Record: Rookie

She may have only turned professional in 2021, but the 2020-21 Big 12 Player of the Year has more than a half-dozen pro wins and boasts five top-10s in 16 starts this season on the LPGA, plus a win on the LET in Morocco. She only knows one way to play, and that is to attack. 

Madelene Sagstrom

Age: 30

Country: Sweden

World Rank: 42

Solheim Cup Record: 2-4-0 (2017, 2021)

Sagstrom hasn’t had a great season with only a couple of top-10s on the LPGA Tour, and her Solheim Cup record is not great. As one of four captain’s picks, she will be making her Solheim debut on European soil. She averages an impressive 273 yards off the tee and hits 69% of greens in regulation so if she is on song she will be hard to beat.

Gemma Dryburgh

Age: 30

Country: Scotland

World Rank: 48

Solheim Cup Record: Rookie

Dryburgh earned her maiden LPGA win last year in Japan and followed that this season by making 14 out of 16 cuts. It is an impressive level of consistency. One of the straightest hitters in the game, finding an impressive 82.14% of fairways from the tee.

Emily Kristine Pedersen 

Age: 27

Country: Denmark

World Rank: 114

Solheim Cup Record: 3-4-1 (2017, 2021)

She rebounded from a winless Solheim Cup debut by going 3-1-0 in 2021. She hasn’t won an individual event since 2020 and doesn’t have an LPGA top-10 this season, but she is in the top-10 in driving distance and greens in regulation. Required a captain’s pick.

Caroline Hedwall

Age: 34

Country: Sweden

World Rank: 120

Solheim Cup Record: 8-6-1 (2011, 2013, 2015, 2019)

Even though she was winless in her last Solheim appearance, Hedwall has enjoyed huge success in the event, especially on European soil. The 2011 LET Player and Rookie of the Year spends most of her time on the European circuit and has three top-10s this year, including the Scottish Open. This will be her fifth appearance. She missed out in 2021.

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