Close-Up fo US Solheim Cup Team

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LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden (AP) -- The U.S. team for the Solheim Cup, Sept. 12-14 at Barseback Golf and Country Club in Loddekopinge, Sweden:
 
HEATHER BOWIE
 
Age: 28.
 
Victories: None.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: Rookie.
 
Record: 0-0-0.
 
Backspin: First captain's pick to have never won on the LPGA Tour. Was on two national title teams at Arizona State, and won the NCAA title after transferring to Texas. Led the Women's British Open after 36 holes, but finished tied for 19th. Might be paired with good friend Laura Diaz.
 

 

BETH DANIEL
 
Age: 46.
 
Victories: 37.
 
Majors: LPGA Championship ('90).
 
Solheim Cups: 6.
 
Record: 8-7-4.
 
Backspin: Oldest player to compete in the Solheim Cup, and the oldest player to win on the LPGA Tour when she captured the Women's Canadian Open last month. Remains the best ball-striker on the LPGA Tour, and seven top 10s this year indicate she's as good as ever.
 

 

LAURA DIAZ
 
Age: 28.
 
Victories: 2.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 1.
 
Record: 3-1-0.
 
Backspin: Winless in 2003 after breaking through last season with two victories. Slowed slightly by an ankle injury, but usually plays her best golf in the biggest events. Went 3-1 as a Solheim rookie. Not easily rattled, which should help playing in front of the Swedish galleries.
 

 

JULI INKSTER
 
Age: 43.
 
Victories: 30.
 
Majors: Nabisco Championship ('84, '89), du Maurier Classic ('84), LPGA Championship ('99, '00), U.S. Women's Open ('99, '02).
 
Solheim Cups: 4.
 
Record: 7-6-2.
 
Backspin: Best American player of her generation and tenacious in match play. Won the Evian Masters in France for her 30th career victory, and second this year. Has lost only once in Solheim singles play, and probably will be the emotional leader of this team.
 

 

ROSIE JONES
 
Age: 43.
 
Victories: 13.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 5.
 
Record: 9-6-0.
 
Backspin: Clinched the Solheim Cup for the United States last year by easily beating Karine Icher. Short off the tee, but her short game makes her one of the toughest players to beat, especially in match play. Best woman never to have won a major.
 

 

CRISTIE KERR
 
Age: 25.
 
Victories: 1.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 1.
 
Record: 1-3-0.
 
Backspin: A streaky player who has not won this year. Used to playing in a tough environment, having competed in Ireland on the '96 Curtis Cup team, and turning pro at age 18 after graduating high school.
 

 

 
KELLI KUEHNE
 
Age: 26.
 
Victories: 1.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 1.
 
Record: 0-4-0.
 
Backspin: Curious captain's pick, having lost all four matches last year and winless in four years. Good match play record as an amateur, winning back-to-back U.S. Women's Amateur titles. Chosen largely for her team spirit, but needs to bring her game to Sweden.
 

 

MEG MALLON
 
Age: 40.
 
Victories: 14.
 
Majors: LPGA Championship ('91), U.S. Women's Open ('91), du Maurier Classic ('00).
 
Solheim Cups: 6.
 
Record: 11-6-5.
 
Backspin: Has produced the most Solheim points of any U.S. player on the team, and an impressive 4-1-1 record in singles play. Likely to be paired with Beth Daniel or Juli Inkster. Has never lost a match earlier than the 17th hole. One of the top personalities on the team, respected by both teams.
 

 

MICHELE REDMAN
 
Age: 38.
 
Victories: 2.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 2.
 
Record: 1-3-1.
 
Backspin: Steady play defined by her finishing fourth in the Solheim Cup standings despite having not won since 2000. Lost to Carin Koch at Loch Lomond in the match that clinched the cup for Europe in 2000, and blew a 5-up lead against Suzann Petterson last year. The target of Euro captain Nilsmark's harshest comments: 'She has absolutely no talent, but still she keeps up with the best in the world.'
 

 

KELLY ROBBINS
 
Age: 33.
 
Victories: 9.
 
Majors: LPGA Championship ('95).
 
Solheim Cups: 5.
 
Record: 10-8-2.
 
Backspin: Earned spot on the team with runner-up finish in U.S. Women's Open. One of the best iron players on the LPGA Tour and a cool demeanor that makes her a good fit for the Solheim Cup. Went 3-1-0 the last time the matches were played overseas.
 

 

ANGELA STANFORD
 
Age: 25.
 
Victories: 1.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: Rookie.
 
Record: 0-0-0.
 
Backspin: Made the team in late June and early July, winning the ShopRite Classic, then losing in a playoff at the U.S. Women's Open to Hilary Lunke. Made two clutch putts on the 18th at Pumpkin Ridge, to get into the playoff and force Lunke to beat her. Played on the 2000 Curtis Cup team.
 

 

WENDY WARD
 
Age: 30.
 
Victories: 3.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 1.
 
Record: 2-1-1.
 
Backspin: Earned a pivotal halve against Annika Sorenstam last year, a match that turned momentum in the Americans' favor at Interlachen. Won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1994 and played on the Curtis Cup team that fall. Not a great LPGA record, but not afraid against anyone.
 
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