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2013 Solheim Cup team announced
August 04, 2013

2013 Solheim Cup, Liselotte Neumann

European Solheim Cup Captain Liselotte Neumann revealed her team for The 2013 Solheim Cup at a press conference on Sunday evening following the RICOH Women’s British Open.

Neumann named Caroline Hedwall (Sweden), Jodi Ewart-Shadoff (England), Giulia Sergas (Italy) and Charley Hull (England) as her four ‘wild card’ picks for this month’s Solheim Cup, which will be played August 16-18, 2013, at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado.

They will join Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Carlota Ciganda (Spain), Catriona Matthew (Scotland), Caroline Masson (Germany), Beatriz Recari (Spain), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), Karine Icher (France) and Azahara Munoz (Spain) in defending The Solheim Cup, when Europe attempt to win for the first time in the United States.

Based on the final Ladies European Tour Solheim Cup standings, the top-four players who automatically qualified through points were: Pettersen, Ciganda, Matthew and Masson.

The next four players who qualified based on the Rolex Rankings were: Recari, Nordqvist, Icher and Munoz.

The European squad features six Solheim Cup rookies (Ewart-Shadoff, Sergas, Hull, Ciganda, Masson and Recari) and five players from the victorious team of 2011 (Hedwall, Pettersen, Matthew, Nordqvist and Munoz).

Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall was a member of the victorious 2011 Solheim Cup team as a rookie and won a crucial half point in the Sunday singles that secured a 15-13 victory for Europe over America in the 12th Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in Co. Meath, Ireland.

Charley Hull, a rookie in her first year as a professional on the Ladies European Tour, recorded five straight runner-up finishes at the start of the season and becomes the youngest player in Solheim Cup history, aged 17 years, four months and 15 days.

Sergas will also make her Solheim Cup debut. She has four top ten finishes on the LPGA and one top ten on the LET so far this season, including a tie for seventh at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and a tie for fourth at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.

Ewart-Shadoff completes the four captain’s picks. She turned professional in 2010 and played on the Symetra Tour - The Road to the LPGA in 2010 and 2011 before winning LET Final Qualifying School for 2012. This year on the LPGA, she has posted three top ten finishes, including a tie for fourth at the US Women’s Open and tied seventh at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, both major championships.

United States Captain Meg Mallon also revealed her team, which will be published here shortly.

Following the announcement, both teams gathered on the 18th fairway of The Old Course, St. Andrews, for an historic photograph on the Swilcan Bridge.

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