U.S. Solheim Cup captain Rosie Jones surprised a lot of people when she selected LPGA rookie Ryann O’Toole with one of her wild-card selections. With just seven LPGA events on the ole C.V., O’Toole is inexperienced, though certainly promising.
Vicky Hurst was the other pick, who was 11th in the points, but will be a rookie with O’Toole amid a team of familiar faces from the 2009 win in Illinois. Both players, though, are being embraced by veterans who will look to take the Solheim Cup for the ninth time in the 12-match history.
Morgan Pressel says the pair will be an asset because of their length off the tee, especially in partnership with a shorter hitter like herself.
“I think the biggest reason why they were picked is they hit the ball a very long way,” Pressel said at the Canadian Women’s Open. “I have not played the golf course, but from what I hear it definitely favors the long hitter.”
Cristie Kerr echoes the sentiment of Pressel, saying, “I think that Rosie wants the best possible team to take over there, and both of the picks that she did pick have strong games and are both extremely long hitters, so I think that’s going to suit us very well over there.”
Paula Creamer was not as explicit in her explanation of the selections of O’Toole and Hurst, but she sees them as highly complementary to the team, while it is the role of the veteran players to bring them into the fold.
“I think our captain’s picks will fit just perfectly with our team and we’ll help, and try to get over to Ireland and play as much as we can,” Creamer said.