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Monday, August 22, 2011

2011 U.S. Solheim Cup team
The 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup team will try to build on the U.S's 16-12 vitory over Europe in 2009.
  N Christina Kim earned the 10th and final automatic spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup team Sunday and captain Rosie Jones added youngsters Vicky Hurst and Ryann O'Toole to the squad that will face Europe in Ireland late next month.

Going into this weekend's LPGA Safeway Classic, Kim was just ahead of Hurst, Katie Futcher and Kristy McPherson in the points race. On Sunday, Kim shot a dismal 78 to finish 11 over, but it was enough for the trip to Killeen Castle on Sept. 23-25.



The 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup team is made up of the top 10 points earners over a two-year period plus two picks by captain Rosie Jones.



1. Cristie Kerr


2. Stacy Lewis


3. Morgan Pressel


4. Angela Stanford


5. Paula Creamer


6. Michelle Wie


7. Brittany Lincicome


8. Brittany Lang


9. Juli Inkster


10. Christina Kim


11. Vicky Hurst


12. Ryann O'Toole



The slumping Kim -- 58th on the money list and without a top-10 finish this year -- went to Twitter to proclaim: "Going to Ireland, baby! Woot woot!!! Cannot wait for the 2011 Solheim Cup!!!"

Cristie Kerr topped the points list. Stacy Lewis was second, followed by Morgan Pressel, Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang and Juli Inkster.

Nine of the 12 players were on the squad that beat the Europeans two years ago.

Inkster, at 51, is the oldest member of the team and will serve as the first playing assistant captain.

Jones said practices would start next week.

The European team will be finalized after the world rankings are updated Aug. 29. Safeway winner Suzann Pettersen, Melissa Reid, Laura Davies and Christel Boeljon have already locked up spots. Alison Nicholas will serve as Europe's captain.

Pettersen locked her spot with a victory in the Ladies Irish Open at Killeen Castle this month.

On Sunday at Pumpkin Ridge, she beat Na Yeon Choi in a playoff after overcoming a nine-stroke deficit with a 7-under 64.

O'Toole, 18th in the final standings, has only played in seven tour events. She shot a 70 on Sunday to finish three strokes off the leaders at 3 under.

"I'm ready to kick Europe's butt," she said when the team announcement was made by Jones on Sunday night.

Even Jones called the selection a "very wild pick."

In selecting O'Toole, Jones passed over No. 12 Katie Futcher, No. 13 Kristy McPherson, No. 14 Wendy Ward, No. 15 Pat Hurst, No. 16 Natalie Gulbis and No. 17 Stacy Prammanasudh.

"Rosie took a chance on me and that means more than I can explain," O'Toole said. "It means just as much as winning a tournament. To have someone go against what people might think and go out on a limb with a rookie. She can see what I'm made of. She said she can see my moxie."

Vicky Hurst was 11th in the standings, 12.5 points out of 10th.

"This has always been a dream for me," she said. "I wasn't standing over putts thinking about making the team this week, but it was definitely on my mind."

The Solheim Cup is contested every two years, alternating with the men's Ryder Cup. The United States defended home turf in 2009 when the competition was held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Americans started earning Solheim Cup points at the conclusion of the Safeway Classic in 2009. Points for the 2013 team will start being tallied following the Canadian Women's Open next week.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

USA retain Solheim Cup in Sweden


Paula Creamer
America's Paula Creamer celebrates her side's Solheim Cup victory

America retained the Solheim Cup with a storming singles display against Europe's women at Halmstad in Sweden.

Leading by a point after the delayed fourballs and then by two when Scot Catriona Matthew beat Laura Diaz in the top game, Europe were then swept aside.

Juli Inkster, Pat Hurst, Angela Stanford and Stacy Prammanasudh all won their games to put the USA in charge.

And it was left to Nicole Castrale and Paula Creamer to take the jubilant Americans over the winning line.

Creamer's tap-in on the 15th hole sealed a 2&1 win over Maria Hjorth to ensure her team claimed the 14 points they needed to retain the cup.

And Castrale's eight-footer, moments later, wrapped up their second successive win as she beat Bettina Hauert 3&2.

It is the only the second time that an away team has come out on top - the first was when the United States won at St Pierre in Wales in 1996.

The Europeans went into the final round with an 8½-7½ lead, with the Americans looking too inexpereinced to win the event in Europe for the first time since 1996.

But as the day progressed and the American red scores started to rack up on the scoreboard and it was the hosts who looked the more vulnerable.

Suzann Pettersen, whose superb approach shot on the 18th helped Europe to one of their halved matches on Saturday, missed crucial short putts on 16 and 17.

Then, with a chance to square up on 18, she pulled her approach left of the green and ended up losing to Prammanasudh.

Sweden's Sorenstam also struggled, missing a four-footer on the 15th and then misreading her putt on No. 16 in a 2&1 loss to Pressel, who clamed her first win of the weekend.

Maybe the most symbolic moment for Europe came when rookie Becky Brewerton failed to take relief when in trouble on the 18th.

She could have moved the ball to play it right-handed but didn't do so and saw her lose out to Sheeri Steinhauer.

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