U.S. Solheim Cup qualifiers announced


Christina Kim secured the final spot Sunday among the 10 players who earned automatic qualifying spots on the U.S. Solheim Cup team headed to Ireland to take on the Europeans Sept. 23-25 at Killeen Castle.

Katie Futcher, Kristy McPherson and Vicky Hurst all had chances at the Safeway Classic to overtake Kim but failed.

Hurst made the hardest charge, but she needed to win to claim the last spot. Though she fell short tying for fifth, her strong finish helps her cause in a bid to become one of the two captain’s picks Rosie Jones will announce later Sunday night to fill out her 12-woman roster. Hurst ended up 11th in qualifying points. Futcher finished 12th and McPherson 13th.

Kim was a focal point in the American victory at Rich Harvest Farms in ’09, her fiery celebrations irking Europeans who thought she was over the top.

Here are the 10 Americans who locked up spots with their Solheim cup records in parenthesis:

Cristie Kerr (Overall: 9-10-2; Singles: 1-3-1)

Having one of the LPGA’s best putting strokes makes Kerr a formidable match-play opponent despite the overall losing record.

Morgan Pressel (Overall: 3-2-2; Singles: 2-0)

In three matches, Pressel never lost at Rich Harvest Farms in ’09. She’s a perfect 2-0 in singles.

Stacy Lewis Solheim Cup Rookie

The Kraft Nabisco champion showed her mettle coming from behind to defeat Yani Tseng in a head-to-head Sunday duel in the year’s first major.

Angela Stanford (Overall: 3-4-3; Singles 2-1)

Showed her match-play skills getting to the finals (’10) and semifinals (’11) of the Sybase Match Play Championship the last two seasons.

Paula Creamer (Overall: 8-2-4; Singles: 3-0)

In 14 Solheim Cup matches, Creamer’s lost just two matches, none in singles.

Michelle Wie (Overall: 3-0-1; Singles: 1-0)

Wie looked like the dominant player so many folks expected her to become in a tour de force performance as a Solheim Cup rookie in ’09.

Brittany Lincicome (Overall: 2-4-1; Singles: 1-1)

A power player, Lincicome’s shown good form winning the Shoprite Classic and finishing second at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.

Brittany Lang (Overall: 1-0-2; Singles: 0-0-1)

With her second-place finish at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and her tie for sixth at this weekend’s Safeway Classic, Lang’s warming up at the right time.

Juli Inkster (Overall: 15-10-6; Singles: 6-1-1)

At 51, Inkster makes it onto her ninth U.S. Solheim Cup team, more than any American in event history.

Christina Kim (Overall: 5-2-1; Singles: 2-0)

A human firecracker, Christina Kim annoyed Europeans with her fiery celebrations at Rich Harvest Farms, now she takes her act overseas.