2005 Team Profiles

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Solheim CupThe U.S. team will try to keep its record perfect on home soil and win back the Solheim Cup from Europe when the matches start Friday at Crooked Stick. Here is a closer look at the two teams:

Paula Creamer
Age: 19
Qualification: Ranked No. 8
Previous Solheims: None
At 19 years and one month is the youngest ever Solheim player. Has won twice this year as a rookie - Sybase Classic and Evian Masters - and ranked second on the LPGA money list behind Annika Sorenstam. Two years ago, she played in the Junior Solheim Cup and was a member of the winning 2004 Curtis Cup team. Tipped to reach the very top of the game.
Beth Daniel
Age: 48
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 3-4-1 Fourball: 4-2-2 Singles: 3-2-2 Total points won: 12.5
Oldest ever Solheim player - she will 49 next month - but can still teach the youngsters a thing or two. A member of the LPGA Hall of Fame, has 33 victories, including one major, in a career stretching back to 1979. Played in every Solheim Cup except 1998 when she was suffering from a shoulder injury. Last victory was in the 2003 BMO Canadian Women's Open.
Laura Diaz
Age: 30
Qualification: Ranked No.10
Previous Solheims: 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 1-2-0 Fourball: 1-1-0 Singles: 2-0-0 Total points won: 4
Daughter of a Florida-based professional, she is also married to a professional - Kevin Diaz - and is expecting her first child in four months time. Played her first professional season in Europe, and won the LET Rookie of the Year title in 1998 when she competed as Laura Philo. Has won twice on the LPGA Tour.
Natalie Gulbis
Age: 22
Qualification: Ranked No. 6
Previous Solheims: None
Often referred to as the Anna Kournikova of women's golf, the glamour girl from Las Vegas is still waiting her first professional victory. Has had a remarkably consistent season, finishing second to Cristie Kerr at the Michelob ULTRA Open and to Annika Sorenstam at the Scandinavian TPC in Sweden. Well-known for her sexy calendars and is the subject of a golf reality show.
Pat Hurst
Age: 36
Qualification: Ranked No. 5
Previous Solheims: 1998, 2000, 2002
Record: Foursomes: 3-2-0 Fourball: 2-1-0 Singles: 1-1-1 Total points won: 6.5
Won Satte Farm Classic last Sunday for a fourth career win that includes one major, the 1998 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Combines golf with family life - has a son and daughter - and returns to Solheim duty for a fourth time after missing out in Sweden two years ago.
Juli Inkster
Age: 45
Qualification: Ranked No. 3
Previous Solheims: 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 3-3-2 Fourball: 3-3-0 Singles: 4-1-0 Total points won: 11
A seven-time major and member of the Hall of Fame, has 30 victories on the LPGA Tour. Mother of two daughters, she manages to combine family life with a high profile sporting career. Won three consecutive US Women Amateur titles and lives in California and married to a fellow-professional, Brian Inkster.
Rosie Jones
Age: 45
Qualification: Ranked No. 4
Previous Solheims: 1990, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 3-2-0 Fourball: 4-4-0 Singles: 3-3-0 Total points won: 10
Would have been vice-Captain if she hadn't qualified automatically. Troubled by injury problems but still one of the feistiest players on the LPGA Tour. Says she is going to retire at the end of this season, but some of her colleagues don't believe her and her record suggests it might still be too soon. Has had six top tens this year, including an outright second behind Annika Sorenstam at the opening major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Cristie Kerr
Age: 27
Qualification: Ranked No.1
Previous Solheims: 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 0-2-0 Fourball: 3-1-0 Singles: 1-1-0 Total points won: 4
Two-time winner this season and has six in all on the LPGA Tour. Turned professional straight from school and so now in her ninth season on Tour. Game reached a new level after she shed a lot of weight and started working out - now is one of the fittest and best in the women's game.
Christina Kim
Age: 21
Qualification: Ranked No. 7
Previous Solheims: None
One of the biggest personalities in women's golf and gained a huge following in America since joining the LPGA Tour at the age of 18. Her parents are Korean - her Dad, Man Kim, is her caddie - but she was born in California and wears the American colours with enormous pride. Made her breakthrough with a win in the Long Drugs Challenge a year ago.
Meg Mallon
Age: 42
Qualification: Ranked No.2
Previous Solheims: 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 200, 2002, 2003
Record:Foursomes: 3-6-2 Fourball: 4-1-3 Singles: 4-2-1 Total points won: 14
A four-time major winner and 18 in all over her 19 years on the LPGA Tour. Troubled by a back injury sustained at the end of last season, she has not quite hit top form this season. But always a formidable Solheim competitor having played in every match except the first one.
Michele Redman
Age: 40
Qualification: Ranked No.9
Previous Solheims: 2000, 2002, 2003
Record:Foursomes: 0-1-1 Fourball: 2-1-0 Singles: 1-1-1 Total points won: 4
Could be considered one of the locals having attended Indiana University in Indianapolis. Has two victories in her 13 years on the LPGA Tour and is rated one of the most consistent. Clinched her fourth Solheim appearance with a top ten finish in the final qualifying event, the Wendy's Championship for Children.
Wendy Ward
Age: 32
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 2002, 2003
Record:Foursomes: 2-2-0 Fourball: 0-2-0 Singles: 0-1-1 Total points won: 2.5
Returned to the winner's circle for the first time in four years at the LPGA Takefuji Classic in Las Vegas in April - it was her fourth win on Tour. Failed to win a point at the last Solheim, but a determination to make amends could make her an even fiercer competitor.
Laura Davies (England)
Age: 41
Qualification: Ranked No.2
Previous Solheims: 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 7-4-1 Fourball: 5-5-2 Singles:4-4-0
Total points won: 17.5
Only player to compete in all nine Solheim Cups and holds the points record (17.5). A former world No.1, has four majors among her 20 LPGA victories and has won a record 34 times in Europe. Last win was in the 2004 AAMI Women's Australian Open. A huge hitter, she ranks among the most popular golfers - male or female - wherever she travels around the world.
Sophie Gustafson (Sweden)
Age: 31
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 3-0-1 Fourball: 2-4-0 Singles: 2-1-1
points won: 8
One of the longest hitters in women's golf, she has won 11 times on the LET and four times on the LPGA Tour. Had a relatively poor 2004 season, but showed her determination to make a fifth successive Solheim with a great run this summer highlighted by an outright second place in the Weetabix Women's British Open - a title she won in 2000.
Maria Hjorth (Sweden)
Age: 31
Qualification: Ranked No. 4
Previous Solheims: 2002
Record: Foursomes: DNP Fourball: 1-1-0 Singles: 0-1-0
Total points won: 1
Based in Arizona and plays mostly on the LPGA Tour, winning twice in 1999. Returned to Europe to win the 2004 Ladies' English Open, and successfully defended the tile in July. A big hitter who is capable of making a lot of birdies, she has a game made for match play.
Trish Johnson
Age: 39
Qualification: Ranked No. 6
Previous Solheims: 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000
Record:Foursomes: 2-4-1 Fourball: 2-2-2 Singles: 1-5-0
Total points won: 6.5
One of the all-time great players on the European Tour with 13 victories. Also has three wins from her years on the LPGA Tour. A mad keen soccer supporter - Arsenal is her team - she returns to the side after missing the last two matches. Launched her comeback with a win in last year's Wales Ladies' Championship of Europe.
Carin Koch (Sweden)
Age: 34
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 4-0-1 Fourball: 3-1-0 Singles: 1-1-1
Total points won: 9
Was unbeaten through her first two Solheim Cups and is a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, her second victory coming in this season's Corona Morelia Championship in Mexico in April. First ever victory was in Europe - the 2000 Chrysler Open in her native Sweden. Career has been interrupted by birth of two sons - Oliver (1998) and Simzon (2003). Husband, Stefan, is fellow-Swedish professional.
Ludivine Kreutz (France)
Age: 31
Qualification: Ranked No. 3
Previous Solheims: None
Broke through with a win at the 2003 La Perla Italian Open and secured her Solheim selection with two victories this season - Tenerife Open and OTP Bank Central Ladies' European Open in Hungary. The 1995 French Amateur Champion, she has played on the LET for seven years.
Catriona Matthew (Scotland)
Age: 36
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 1998, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 2-1-1 Fourball: 3-2-1 Singles: 1-1-0
Total points won: 4.5
Steady as a rock, she has won four times worldwide Australia, Scotland and twice on the LPGA Tour. Has been one of the highest-ranked LPGA players for the past few years and had the honor of clinching Europe's winning point when she beat Rosie Jones in the singles at the 2003 Solheim at Barseback. Also had a great amateur record - played in three Curtis Cups.
Gwladys Nocera (France)
Age: 30
Qualification: Ranked No. 7
Previous Solheims: None
Has yet to win, but has been one of the most consistent players in Europe over the past couple of years. Has four top tens this year, including outright second place in the Siemens Austrian Open. Spent four years at New Mexico State University and had an impressive amateur record before joining the LET in 2002.
Suzann Pettersen (Norway)
Age: 24
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 3-1-0 Fourball: 2-0-0 Singles: 0-1-1
Total points won: 5.5
The feisty Norwegian spent six months lying flat on her back with an injury, and only launched her season in June. But produced a string of good results in Europe to clinch a third Solheim cap. A player that gives personality to any team, the surprise is that she has only won once - as a rookie at the 2001 French Open. Now plays mostly on the LPGA Tour.
Annika Sorenstam (Sweden)
Age: 34
Qualification: Ranked No.1
Previous Solheims: 1994, 1996, 1998, 200, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 9-1-1 Fourball: 4-5-1 Singles: 3-2-1
Total points won: 17.5
Dominated women's golf for the past few years and shows no sign of letting up. Has won seven times - six on the LPGA including two majors (Kraft Nabisco and McDonald's LPGA Championships) and once in Europe at the Scandinavian TPC in Sweden hosted by herself. Has won nine majors, 62 LPGA tournaments and 13 on the LET in a remarkable career. First non-American to gain entry to the LPGA Hall of Fame.
Karen Stupples (England)
Age: 32
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: None
Winner of two tournaments in 2004, including a major - the Weetabix Women's British Open. Two-time Curtis Cup player from Deal, Karen has played all her professional golf in America and finished a career high of No.6 on the money list last year. This summer, she was laid low by an ear infection, but still merited her Captain's wild card selection.
Iben Tinning (Denmark)
Age: 31
Qualification: Ranked No. 5
Previous Solheims: 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 0-2-1 Fourball: 1-1-0 Singles: 2-0-0
Total points won: 3.5
Won three times this year - Spanish Open, BMW Italian Open and Nykerdit Masters in Denmark on Sunday - and five times in all in Europe. Is three months pregnant, and will take a break after the Solheim but intends to return to the Tour next summer. A huge hitter, she has been one of most consistent players in Europe for the last few years.
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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

    Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.