Solheim Cup Teams Announced
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/6/13
On Sunday, following Stacy Lewis's victory at the Women's British Open, Solheim Cup captains Meg Mallon and Liselotte Neumann were on-hand to announce who made the American and European squads. The two twelve-player teams will face off at the 13th Solheim Cup Matches on August 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, southeast of Denver.

 United States

The first eight women on the U.S. team qualified on points, while positions 9 and 10 qualified via the Rolex Rankings:
  1. Stacy Lewis: 2nd appearance (1–3–0, 1 point)

  2. Paula Creamer: 3rd appearance (11–3–5, 13.5 points)

  3. Cristie Kerr: 7th appearance (11–11–3, 12.5 points)

  4. Angela Stanford: 5th appearance (3-7-3, 4.5 points)

  5. Brittany Lincicome: 4th appearance (4–6–1, 4.5 points)

  6. Lexi Thompson: Rookie

  7. Jessica Korda: Rookie

  8. Brittany Lang: 3rd appearance (2-3-2, 3 points)

  9. Lizette Salas: Rookie

  10. Morgan Pressel: 4th appearance (7–2–2, 8 points)
U.S. captain Meg Mallon announced that her two wild-card choices for the team are rookie Gerina Pillar and three-time Solheim Cup veteran Michelle Wie, whose all-time record is 4-3-1.

 Europe

The top qualifiers are:
  1. Suzann Pettersen (Norway): 7th appearance (12–8–5, 14.5 points)

  2. Catriona Matthew (Scotland): 7th appearance (12-7-6, 15 points)

  3. Carlota Ciganda (Spain): Rookie

  4. Caroline Masson (Germany): Rookie

  5. Beatriz Recari (Spain): Rookie

  6. Anna Nordqvist (Sweden): 3rd appearance (4-4-0, 4 points)

  7. Karine Icher (France): 2nd appearance (3-0-0, 3 points)

  8. Azahara Muñoz (Spain): 2nd appearance (2-1-1, 2.5 points)
Pettersen, Ciganda, Matthew, and Masson all qualified on the basis of being the top four players on the Ladies European Tour Solheim Cup point structure. Recari, Nordqvist, Icher, and Muñoz all qualified on the basis of their standing in the Rolex Rankings.

Team Europe captain Liselotte Neumann's four wild-card choices are:
  1. Caroline Hedwall (Sweden): 2nd appearance (2-1-1, 2.5 points)

  2. Jodi Ewart-Shadoff (England): Rookie

  3. Giulia Sergas (Italy): Rookie

  4. Charley Hull (England): Rookie

Here's the press conference from Sunday:




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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
The two teams combined feature 10 of the top 25 women golfers. In the long run it might make more sense to have it North/South America and Europe versus Asia, Africa and Australia/NZ.
8/6/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
2 teams, 1 cup.
8/6/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Beef: After the 2000 Solheim Cup, I called into a live show on Golf Channel, suggesting that the Solheim Cup competition be changed into North America vs. The World. Not only would a World Team include golfers from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, but it would also have made sure that Lorie Kane wasn't left off the team just because she was born in Prince Edward Island.
8/6/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
The drawback, of course, is that if a Solheim Cup were to be held in South Korea, Japan, or Australia, the matches would take place in the middle of the night here in North America — meaning virtually no television audience.
8/6/13
 
falcon50driver says:
10 women 20 cups
8/6/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Falcon, be nice...
8/6/13
 
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