2005 Team Profiles

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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:

U.S. TEAM
 
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.
 
EUROPEAN TEAM
 
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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