Monday, 5 August 2013

U.S., Europe Solheim Cup teams

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – U.S. captain Meg Mallon will take the youngest American team in the history of the Solheim Cup to Colorado Golf Club in two weeks.

The American and European teams were announced Sunday night at the conclusion of the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

The American team’s average age is 25.9.

Mallon took Michelle Wie and Gerina Piller as her captain’s picks.

Eight players automatically qualified on points: Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Brittany Lang.

Thompson, 18, will be the youngest American ever to play in the Solheim Cup.

Two Americans qualified off the Rolex world rankings list: Lizette Salas and Morgan Pressel.

The Americans will feature four Solheim Cup rookies: Thompson, Korda, Salas and Piller.

The Europeans will also take a young team to Colorado in their bid to win for the first time on American soil. The average age is 27.6 with six Solheim Cup rookies on the roster, including 17-year-old Charley Hull of England, who will be the youngest participant in the history of the Solheim Cup.

European captain Liselotte Neumann named Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, Italy’s Giulia Sergas, England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Hull as her captain’s picks.

Four players made the team off the Euro points list: Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and Germany’s Caroline Masson.

Four players made the team off the Rolex world rankings list: Spain’s Beatriz Recari, Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist, France’s Karine Icher and Spain’s Azahara Munoz.

The six Euro Solheim Cup rookies are Ciganda, Masson, Recari, Sergas, Hull and Shadoff.

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