Workforce Europe choose rookies for Solheim Cup

2021-08-23 20:07:55

Captain Catriona Matthew has picked three rookies for Workforce Europe’s Solheim Cup title defence in opposition to a extremely fancied United States outfit led by world No.1 Nelly Korda at subsequent week’s biennial golf match.

Newcomers Nanna Madsen of Denmark, who completed fifth on Sunday on the girls’s British Open, Eire’s Leona Maguire and Finland’s Matilda Castren have been amongst Matthew’s six wildcard choices.

Maguire and Castren are the primary of their respective nations to compete for Europe within the match to be held at Inverness Membership in Toledo, Ohio from September 4-6.

“I do not assume it has actually sunk in but, nevertheless it brings tears of pleasure into my eyes simply fascinated about it,” stated Castren, who had her first LPGA tour win on the Mediheal Championship in June.

Matthew on Monday additionally chosen Solheim veterans Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden, who completed tied for second on the girls’s British Open, Celine Boutier of France and Britain’s Mel Reid.

The US have received 10 of the 16 editions of the match and are favourites with Korda anchoring the Individuals.

However Matthew stated she had no considerations accepting the “underdogs” tag forward of the match.

Becoming a member of Workforce Europe by automated qualifying have been Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist, who secured her third main triumph by one shot at Carnoustie on Sunday, German Sophia Popov, Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark and England’s Charley Hull and Georgia Corridor.

For the US, captain Pat Hurst’s wildcard picks have been Brittany Altomare – who competed within the 2019 Solheim Cup – 20-year-old Yealimi Noh and Mina Hariga, who completed tied for second ultimately month’s Marathon LPGA Traditional.

They may be part of the US group’s 9 automated qualifiers.

Tokyo gold medallist Korda, sister Jessica Korda, five-time tour winner Danielle Kang, Ally Ewing, Austin Ernst, 11-time winner Lexi Thompson, Megan Khang, Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas – who completed tied for second within the girls’s British Open – had already certified to compete for the US.

“Brittany proved that she’s the final word group participant in 2019,” stated Hurst of her wildcard picks.

“Mina and Yealimi have performed so effectively during the last two years, and simply because they’re Solheim Cup rookies on paper doesn’t suggest they’re rookies contained in the ropes.

“I’ve little question they will be nice rivals at Inverness.”

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