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The 2023 Solheim Cup is slated to start on Friday, Sept. 22 and run until Sunday, Sept. 24. The United States’ best female golfers will take on Europe’s.
Team USA will attempt to get revenge at Finca Cortesin in Casares, Andalusia, Spain, after the Europeans defeated the Americans during the 2021 Solheim Cup at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
We’ll showcase the Solheim Cup team picks for captain Stacy Lewis’ USA squad and Suzann Pettersen’s European roster.
Solheim Cup rosters
|Suzann Pettersen||Norway||42||Non-playing captain|
|Laura Davies||England||59||Non-playing assistant captain|
|Caroline Martens||Norway||36||Non-playing assistant captain|
|Anna Nordqvist||Sweden||36||Playing assistant captain|
|Emily Kristine Pedersen||Denmark||27||48||114||2||7||3–4–0||42.86%|
Players to watch
The following four golfers are considered some of the best on each team.
Celine Boutier (Europe)
The French golfer comes into the tournament in better form than any player thanks to wins in back-to-back starts from July 30 to Aug. 6. Boutier dominated at the Evian Championship and won by six strokes over Brooke Henderson. A week later, she captured the Women’s Scottish Open.
Boutier owns a ridiculous 78.57% singles winning percentage (5-1-1) at the Solheim Cup and will try to win a third consecutive title with Team Europe.
Nelly Korda (USA)
The world No. 3 hasn’t won yet in 2023, after dealing with injuries at the beginning of the season. Korda definitely has talent, though, with eight LPGA Tour wins, including the 2021 Women’s PGA Championship.
She is arguably the top American and has seven top 10s this season. Her impressive singles record (5-2-1) speaks for itself, and she’ll need a solid showing if the United States is to reclaim the trophy.
Lilia Vu (USA)
Lilia Vu is entering the event on fire thanks to her two major wins this campaign. She’s the first Solheim Cup player to have two majors leading up to the cup since Annika Sorenstam did so in 2005.
Vu’s won three times on the LPGA in 2023, with her most recent triumph coming at the AIG Women’s Open on August 13. Earlier this year, Vu temporarily held the No. 1 ranked player in the Rolex rankings and is currently second.
Charley Hull (Europe)
The Englishwoman is making her sixth Solheim Cup appearance and owns an 11-5-3 singles record. Hull has two second-place finishes in majors this season and four second-place finishes this year.
Rookie to watch – Rose Zhang (USA)
The 20-year-old Stanford product won her LPGA debut, the Mizuho Americas Open, in June, making her the first player to win in their debut since Beverly Hanson in 1951.
Zhang is one of the greatest collegiate golfers ever. In two years at Stanford, she won 12 times (school-record) in just 20 starts. The Arcadia, California native tied Lorena Ochoa for most victories in conference women’s golf history.
Who is missing? – Jodi Ewart Shadoff
The 35-year-old, who is currently ranked 52nd in the world, was snubbed for the 2023 Solheim Cup, which did raise some controversy.
Pettersen opted for Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall (ranked 120th) and Dane Emily Kristine Pedersen (ranked 114th) instead. The team captain said it was a tough decision but that it came down to past history at the competition.
Hedwall is making her fifth appearance and has an 8-6-1 singles record. In 2013, she won five out of five points. Pedersen is making her third start at the Solheim Cup and is 3-4-1.
Shadoff, a three-time participant at the Solheim Cup, has four top 20s this season and has only missed two cuts. Hedwall doesn’t have a tour card currently, which is another reason her inclusion raised eyebrows.
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