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Rosie Jones names US Solheim Cup team
August 22, 2011

U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Rosie Jones tonight revealed the 12-player squad that will represent the U.S in their quest to retain the Solheim Cup at the 12th playing of the international team event at Killeen Castle in Ireland next month. The U.S. Team will feature nine players returning from the victorious 2009 team including Rolex Rankings No. 2 and points leader Cristie Kerr, and Solheim Cup veteran and assistant captain Juli Inkster.

Jones announced the 10 points qualifiers and her two captain’s picks – Vicky Hurst and LPGA Tour rookie Ryann O’Toole – live on Golf Channel.

Based on the final U.S Solheim Cup standings, the top-10 players who automatically qualified for the U.S team are (listed in order of points ranking): Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel, Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, Juli Inkster, and Christina Kim. Hurst and O’Toole round out the U.S. Team as captain’s picks. Lewis is the only automatic qualifier not to have played for the U.S in 2009.

“This has been an extremely exciting and difficult selection process,” said Jones. “I’ve been tracking these players for more than two years and tonight I feel we have built a fantastic team to represent the United States. Vicky and Ryann are two really solid players who will complement our team as we now focus on our strategy and performance next month at The Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle.”

Inkster becomes the oldest player to participate in The Solheim Cup at the age of 51. She will also be the first-ever playing assistant captain from U.S. or Europe.

“I will be a player first and an assistant captain second and Rosie understands that,” Inkster said. “I feel like most of my career I’ve worn two hats as a mom and as a player, but it will be a challenge.”

Qualifying points for the U.S. Team are awarded weekly to the top-20 finishers and ties at official LPGA tournaments. Points are doubled at the four major championships every year. Points during a Solheim Cup year are weighted with 60 points for a win, 30 for second, 28.5 for third, 27 for fourth, 25.5 for fifth, 24 for sixth, 22.5 for seventh, 21 for eighth, 19.5 for ninth, 18 for 10th, 16.5 for 11th, 15 for 12th, 13.5 for 13th, 12 for 14th, 10.5 for 15th, 9 for 16th, 7.5 for 17th, 6 for 18th, 4.5 for 19th and 3 for 20th.

U.S. players started earning 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup points at the 2009 Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore., and ended today at the 2011 Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola. U.S. Players begin earning points toward the 2013 Solheim Cup at the CN Canadian Women’s Open next week.

The European Solheim Cup Team, led by Captain Alison Nicholas, will be named August 29, 2011. Melissa Reid, Laura Davies, Suzann Pettersen and Solheim rookie Christel Boeljon have already secured spots on the team through the LET (Ladies European Tour) point standings.

U.S. Solheim Cup Team - Comments from the players:

Morgan Pressel

“It’s exciting. Every two years, there is nothing more exciting or fun than to play The Solheim Cup. We basically have the same team with a few new faces and we are ready to head across the pond and try to win for the fourth straight time.”

Stacy Lewis

“This is awesome. This was a goal coming into this year. I wanted to make it on points and not worry about being a pick. I am just really looking forward to the event.”

Paula Creamer

“The highlight of my golf career is playing on U.S. Solheim Cup Teams. This will be my fourth one, second overseas, and I’m looking forward to it. I just try to go out and win as many points as I can. We just go out there and play for our country.”

Michelle Wie

“I’m so excited to play. Anytime I can represent my country is an honor. I can’t wait to go abroad and experience Solheim overseas. I’m really looking forward to playing under Rosie, Juli and Sherri.”

Brittany Lincicome

“It’s pretty fantastic to make the team again. This was one of my goals entering the year and now that it’s finally here and our team is all together, it’s really cool.”

Brittany Lang

“This is just as special as 2009 and I feel more confident having already been on one team. Playing for your country is way more fun than playing for yourself.”

Christina Kim

“This has been a very difficult six months or so with a lot of things going on in my life. After 2007, I’m thrilled beyond belief to represent the United States in Europe for the first time. I have two Solheim Cups under my belt and I know this will be an incredible challenge.”

Vicky Hurst, captain’s pick

“It feels so good to get picked and I’m ready for The Solheim Cup. This has always been a dream for me.”

“I wasn’t standing over putts thinking about making the team this week, but it was definitely on my mind. I wanted to win this week, but I’m happy with my finish and I’m really proud of myself.”

Ryann O’Toole, captain’s pick

“Rosie took a chance on me and that means more than I can explain. 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 moxy.”

“When I played well at the U.S. Women’s Open, I thought of some new goals. Rosie told me I was on the radar and it’s been on my mind since. I wanted to do whatever it took to get on this team.”

“I’m looking forward to playing with these girls and to representing America. The fact that I get to be amongst these girls is an honor and I know I can partner up with any of them to make a great team.”

2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team

Captain: Rosie Jones
Assistant captains: Juli Inkster and Sherri Steinhauer

Automatic qualifiers:
1. Cristie Kerr
2. Morgan Pressel
3. Stacy Lewis
4. Angela Stanford
5. Paula Creamer
6. Michelle Wie
7. Brittany Lincicome
8. Brittany Lang
9. Juli Inkster
10. Christina Kim

Captain’s picks:
Vicky Hurst
Ryann O’Toole

 
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