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Nicholas to captain Europe again in Solheim Cup

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Alison Nicholas will once again captain the European Solheim Cup team when they face the Americans in Ireland in 2011.

Nicholas headed the European squad this past year at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois, where the Americans defeated Europe, 16-12.

“I'm absolutely delighted,” said Nicholas at a press conference at Killeen Castle, site of the 2011 matches, on Tuesday. “It's a great honor and privilege to be a captain at home. I loved the experience at Rich Harvest Farms and I thought we were going to do it; I really did! That's why I'm confident for Ireland because I'm confident in my players. From what I understand it was a unanimous decision so it was very pleasing for me.”

Nicholas won the 1997 U.S. Women's Open was was a member of six consecutive European Solheim Cup teams.