Sorenstam Heads European Solheim Team

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PORTHCAWL, Wales (AP) -- Annika Sorenstam leads the automatic qualifiers for the European Solheim Cup team, and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc and Carin Koch tops the five captain's picks.
 
Sweden's Sophie Gustafson qualified second for the Sept. 12-14 matches at Barseback in Sweden, followed by Germany's Elisabeth Esterl, England's Laura Davies, Denmark's Iben Tinning, Spain's Ana B Sanchez and Scotland's Mhairi McKay.
 
Captain Catrin Nilsmark completed the team by selecting France's Meunier-Lebouc, the Kraft Nabisco winner, and Sweden's Koch, undefeated in Solheim Cup play, along with Norway's Suzann Pettersen and Scots Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie.
 
For the first time in Solheim Cup history, Sweden's Helen Afredsson was not chosen for the European team. Afredsson has been a member of every squad since the Solheim Cup's inception in 1990. Davies thus becomes the lone team member to play in all eight Solheim Cups.
 
The U.S. team was set Sunday, with Juli Inkster topping the 10 automatic qualifiers. Rosie Jones was second in the standings, followed by Beth Daniel, Michele Redman, Laura Diaz, Cristie Kerr, Mallon, Angela Stanford, Kelly Robbins and Wendy Ward. Patty Sheehan selected Heather Bowie and Kelli Kuehne as captain's picks.
 
The United States won the 2002 matches at Interlachen in Edina, Minn., to take a 5-2 series lead.

The event is being played in consecutive years for the first time as it shifts to odd-number years to avoid a conflict with the Ryder Cup, moved to even years after being postponed in 2001 because of the terrorist attacks.