CloseUp of European Solheim Cup Team

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The European team for the Solheim Cup, Sept. 12-14 at Barseback Golf and Country Club in Loddekopinge, Sweden(AP)
 
LAURA DAVIES
 
Age: 39.
 
Country: England.
 
Victories: 64.
 
Majors: U.S. Women's Open ('97), LPGA Championship ('94, '96), du Maurier Classic ('96).
 
Solheim Cups: 7.
 
Record: 15-11-2.
 
Notable: The only woman to have played in every Solheim Cup, Davies has amassed more points than anyone. Hasn't won on the LPGA Tour since 2001, but was in position two weeks ago until the tournament was cut short by rain. Tough opponent in match play because of her power.
 

 

ELISABETH ESTERL
 
Age: 27.
 
Country: Germany.
 
Victories: 1.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: Rookie.
 
Record: 0-0-0.
 
Notable: Grew up in a town called Dingolfing, she came to Interlachen last year as a traveling reserve and was able to experience the emotion -- and the defeat. Won for the first time in May at the Tenerife Open. Accurate off the tee and an excellent putter.
 

 

SOPHIE GUSTAFSON
 
Age: 29.
 
Country: Sweden.
 
Victories: 15.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 3.
 
Record: 4-3-2.
 
Notable: Won the European Order of Merit last year, despite a full schedule on the LPGA Tour. Graceful, powerful swing and perhaps the best ball-striker on the European team. Most of her attention this year is on her relationship with LPGA Tour commissioner Ty Votaw.
 

 

CARIN KOCH
 
Age: 32.
 
Country: Sweden.
 
Victories: 3.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 2.
 
Record: 7-0-1.
 
Notable: Has never lost a Solheim Cup match, the halve coming last year against Beth Daniel. Holed the winning put for Europe in the 2000 matches at Loch Lomond. Annika Sorenstam's best friend on tour, they went 3-0 during team matches last year at Interlachen.
 

 

CATRIONA MATTHEW
 
Age: 34.
 
Country: Scotland.
 
Victories: 3.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 1.
 
Record: 1-2-0.
 
Notable: The Solheim Cup bridesmaid, passed over as captain's picks each of the last two matches. Has won on three continents and played for Britain & Ireland three times in the Curtis Cup. A quiet but effective player who tends to make a lot of birdies.
 

 

MHAIRI McKAY
 
Age: 28.
 
Country: Scotland.
 
Victories: 1.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 1.
 
Record: 1-2-0.
 
Notable: Broke through with her first victory by beating Laura Davies in the Australian Open. The 36-hole leader at the U.S. Women's Open before faltering. Played in two Curtis Cups, and went to Stanford the same time as Tiger Woods, although the closest she got to him was on the practice range.
 

 

PATRICIA MEUNIER-LEBOUC
 
Age: 30.
 
Country: France.
 
Victories: 6.
 
Majors: Nabisco Championship ('03).
 
Solheim Cups: 1.
 
Record: 0-1-1.
 
Notable: Has panache and flair as most French, but also has a great game. Won her first major by staring down Sorenstam in the final round of the Nabisco Championship. Tied for fifth at the Women's British Open. Will be four months pregnant when the Solheim Cup begins.
 

 

JANICE MOODIE
 
Age: 30.
 
Country: Scotland.
 
Victories: 2.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 1.
 
Record: 3-1-0.
 
Notable: Solid debut in the Solheim Cup three years ago in her native Scotland. Captain Nilsmark chose her over Becky Morgan of Wales. Consistent player who can be tough to beat when everything clicks. Played in two Curtis Cups.
 

 

SUZANN PETTERSON
 
Age: 22.
 
Country: Norway.
 
Victories: 1.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 1.
 
Record: 1-1-1.
 
Notable: Emotionally charged player, best known for uttering an expletive live on the NBC telecast last year after coming back from 5-down with five holes to play to earn a halve against Michele Redman. Youngest player on the squad, and possibly the brashest.
 

 

ANA B. SANCHEZ
 
Age: 27.
 
Country: Spain.
 
Victories: None.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: Rookie.
 
Record: 0-0-0.
 
Notable: Consistent player, just joins Heather Bowie as the only players at Barseback to have never won as a professional. Third Spaniard to make the European team, she is close friends with Miguel Angel Jimenez. Known for big drives and an easygoing personality.
 

 

ANNIKA SORENSTAM
 
Age: 32.
 
Country: Sweden.
 
Victories: 56.
 
Majors: Nabisco Championship ('01, '02), LPGA Championship ('03), US Women's Open ('95, '96), Women's British Open ('03).
 
Solheim Cups: 5.
 
Record: 12-7-3.
 
Notable: More feared in the Solheim Cup than Tiger Woods is in the Ryder Cup. A victory would be the perfect way to cap her historic season, when she competed on the PGA Tour and completed the career Grand Slam with victories at the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open.
 

 

IBEN TINNING
 
Age: 29.
 
Country: Denmark.
 
Victories: 2.
 
Majors: None.
 
Solheim Cups: 1.
 
Record: 2-2-0.
 
Notable: Lives only 40 minutes from Barseback and was desperate to make this team. A good ball-striker who can move the ball both directions, she also hits it long off the tee. Had eight consecutive top 10s this year in Europe, and whipped Kelli Kuehne last year in singles at Interlachen.