O'Toole battling pressure to prove wild-card merit


DUNSANY, Ireland – U.S. Solheim Cup captain Rosie Jones has heard it all regarding Ryann O’Toole.

When Jones made O’Toole one of her captain’s picks last month she was told by many that it was the riskiest pick in the history of U.S. team play – Solheim, Ryder or Presidents Cup. After all, O’Toole had only played in seven career LPGA tournaments.

The scrutiny of that pick has hit new heights as O’Toole has struggled mightily, missing three consecutive cuts since she was picked, recording rounds of 75, 79, 73, 81, 76 and 74.

“Ryann was trying to prove herself right away,” Jones said. “I think with all the attention that she got from the pick, it made it really tough for her to do that.

“She has a lot of people around her that know that she’s a great player, that have a lot of confidence in her.”