We take a look at who’s in contention for Team Europe and Team USA ahead of the Solheim Cup. Team Europe will look to secure a third straight win. the Solheim Cup takes place from 22-24 September in Spain, live on Sky Sports
12:48, United Kingdom, Tuesday 15 August 2023
With the Solheim Cup just over a month away, we take a closer look at who will represent Team Europe and Team USA in Spain….
Team Europe: Who will Pettersen take to Spain?
Team Europe will consist of the top two in the European Solheim Cup rankings after the ISPS Handa World Invitational, along with the next eligible six in the world rankings, with Pettersen then naming her four captains in a live broadcast on Sky Sports Golf on Tuesday, August 22.
Pettersen – who scored the winning point during the 2019 competition – will captain Europe at Finca Cortesin from September 22-24, live on Sky Sports, where the hosts will aim to record a third straight win for first time in the history of the tournament.
Celine Boutier currently leading the European Solheim Cup standings after her victories at the Evian Championship and the Scottish Open, Maya Stark he sits in second place with the Swede Lynn Grant right on her tail.
The next six in the world rankings are currently Charley Hull, Leona Maguire, Georgia Hall, Grant, Carlota Ciganda, and Anna Nordqvist.
Team Europe: Current Top 10 in the Solheim Cup standings
|1)||Celine Boutier (FRA)|
|2)||Maya Stark (SWE)|
|3)||Lynn Grant (SWE)|
|4)||Charley Hull (ENGLAND)|
|5)||Carlota Ciganda (ESP)|
|6)||Ana Pelaez Trivino (ESP)|
|7)||Olivia Cowan (GER)|
|8)||Georgia Hall (ENG)|
|9)||Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)|
|10)||Anna Nordqvist (SWE)|
With Maguire, Hall and Hull all comfortably inside the world’s top 20, they are set to qualify for Team Europe through their world rankings, with Grant also poised for a Solheim Cup debut and Ciganda in on course for an automatic spot after top-20 finishes at three of the four majors this year in Spain.
There is plenty of competition for who could take that final automatic spot through the world rankings, as Nordqvist has been an ever-present for Team Europe at the Solheim Cup since 2009 and is set to be a vice-captain for this year’s competition, with Stark and Madeline Sagstrom rounding out the top eight who could claim the final automatic spot.
Who could get a captain’s pick?
There is then plenty of debate as to who should get one of Pettersen’s captains.
If vice-captain Nordqvist is beaten out for the final automatic places, she will be one of Pettersen’s four choices, while Gemma Dryburgh chasing a maiden Solheim Cup appearance.
The Scotsman is the only other European player currently in the world’s top 50 after a major win on the LPGA Tour last season. She recently finished in the top-10 at the Evian Championship and finished 36th at the AIG Women’s Open.
of Germany Olivia Cowan secured a top-10 finish at the AIG Women’s Open, but it would be a tricky pick, with Jody Ewart Sandoff, Nanna Kurtz Madsen, Albane Valencia, and Stephanie Meadow hoping they have shown enough this season for a call up.
If Petersen wants another Spanish option on her side then Carmen Alonso and Nuria from Iturrio have both won on the Ladies European Tour this season, while Ana Pelaez Trivino is in the world’s top 100 after three runners-up in 2023.
Who will represent Team USA?
Team USA will be finalized after the CP Women’s Open concludes on August 27. The top seven players in the US Solheim Cup rankings automatically qualify along with the next top two in the world rankings.
After her dominant win at the AIG Women’s Open and her second major win, Lilia Vu will be in Spain, with Nellie Korda and Alice’s body having already mathematically secured a place in the team.
Team USA: Current Top 10 in Solheim Cup standings
Megan Kang, Jennifer Kupcho, Daniel Kangand Lexi Thompson they currently fill the top seven of the US Solheim Cup standings, with rising star Rose Zhang and Angel Yin the next top two in the world rankings.
Andrea Lee is next in line in the standings, with Ally Ewing Yin’s closest challenger through the world rankings to join Stacy Lewis.
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