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Golf News: - Posted 16th May 1998

Compaq Open to decide European Solheim Cup team

Macclesfield, Cheshire - Europe's line-up to meet the Americans in the biennial Solheim Cup match will be officially announced following the Compaq Open, 20th - 23rd August.

The top seven players in the Solheim Cup team rankings following the Swedish event will automatically qualify for the match at Muirfiled Village, Dublin, Ohio, 18th - 20th September. Europe's captain, Pia Nilsson will announce her five wild card picks after the close of play at the tournament at Barseback Golf & Country Club, Loddekopinge.

The US team will be announced on 30th August by US captain, Judy Rankin, at the conclusion of the State Farm Rail Classic in Illinois.

John Ingvarsson, marketing director of Compaq Computer AB, said: "We are delighted that the 1998 European Solheim Cup team will be announed on the Sunday evening at the Compaq Open as this will add the excitement of the final day of the tournament. As Pia Nilsson is Swedish there is a natural connection to the event and we are pleased to be part of the whole biuld up."