U.S. Solheim Cup team capsules


Captain Rosie Jones will lead the United States team against Europe in the 12th edition of the Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Ireland. Here is a breakdown of the 12 U.S. team members, in alphabetical order (Click here for European team capsules):

Paula Creamer

Age: 25

Record: 8-2-4 (Singles: 3-0)

World ranking: No8

Victories: 9 LPGA titles (1 major)

The lowdown: In 14 Solheim Cup matches, Creamer has lost just two matches, none in singles. The Americans have won all three Solheim Cups with Creamer on the roster, all in routs. Though Creamer’s still looking for her first LPGA victory since winning the U.S. Women’s Open more than a year ago, she takes good form to Ireland. She’s finished T-5 or better six times this season. Creamer’s a solid all-around performer who is always among LPGA leaders in hitting greens in regulation.

Vicky Hurst

Age: 21

Record: First appearance

World ranking: No. 75

Victories: No LPGA titles

The lowdown: Hurst gained a captain’s pick spot on the roster with her fifth-place finish at the Safeway Classic last month. It was a clutch performance knowing what was on the line that weekend. It was her first top-10 performance this year. Hurst is another big hitter captain Jones wanted on her roster for the big ballpark at Killeen Castle. She’s the second longest hitter among LPGA pros this year, ranking behind only Yani Tseng.

Juli Inkster

Age: 51

Record: 15-10-6 (Singles: 6-1-1)

World Ranking: No. 50

Victories: 31 LPGA titles (7 majors)

The lowdown: At 51, Inkster is playing in her ninth Solheim Cup, more than any American in event history. Only Europe’s Laura Davies has played in more. Davies will be making her 12th appearance in the Solheim Cup this year. Inkster’s 18 points are third most in Solheim Cup history, the most by an American. Inkster’s also doubling as an assistant captain this year. Though she’s among Americans struggling with their forms this summer, she showed promising signs at the Navistar LPGA Classic this past week, where she made just her second cut in her last seven starts.

Cristie Kerr

Age: 33

Record: 9-10-2 (Singles: 1-3-1)

World ranking: No. 3

Victories: 14 LPGA titles (2 majors)

The lowdown: So many of these international team competitions come down to who putts best, and the Americans have one of the best putters in the game in Kerr. She ranks No. 1 in the LPGA in putting per greens in regulation this year. Though Kerr is coming off a missed cut at the Navistar LPGA Classic, she’s having a strong but winless season with nine finishes of T-4 or better. This will mark her sixth Solheim Cup appearance. Only four Americans have competed in more. Surprisingly, Kerr, the highest ranked American on the 2011 team, sports an overall losing record in Solheim Cups with just one victory in five singles matches.

Christina Kim

Age: 27

Record: 5-2-1 (Singles: 2-0)

World ranking: No. 93

Victories: 2 LPGA titles

The lowdown: Kim might bring more energy to the Solheim Cup than any player in this week’s event, though her human fireworks show created some controversy when the Americans won at Rich Harvest Farms in ‘09. Some folks thought she was over the top. Kim heads to Ireland looking for her best form. She didn’t make the cut in any of this year’s majors and heads to Dublin after back-to-back missed cuts. Still, Kim sports a strong Solheim Cup record, though this will mark her first appearance on the road.

Brittany Lang

Age: 26

Record: 1-0-2 (Singles: 0-0-1)

World ranking: No. 29

Victories: No LPGA titles

The lowdown: In her sixth LPGA season, Lang’s still looking for her first LPGA title, a surprise given her pedigree and the fact that she nearly won the U.S. Women’s Open as an amateur. Still, Lang’s established herself among the top Americans making her second Solheim Cup team. With her second-place finish at the Ricoh Women’s British Open in July, and her seventh at the Safeway Classic last month, Lang solidified her spot on this year’s squad. She gives American captain Jones another long hitter to put in the mix. Lang is 11th among LPGA pros in driving distance.

Stacy Lewis

Age: 26

Record: First appearance.

World ranking: No. 10

Victories: 1 LPGA title (1 major)

The lowdown: The Kraft Nabisco champion will be making her Solheim Cup debut. She showed her mettle coming from behind to defeat Tseng in a head-to-head Sunday duel in the year’s first major. She’s showing strong form after second-place finishes at Evian and the CN Canadian Women’s Open. Her worst finish in her last six starts going to Navistar was T-11. Lewis is third in scoring (70.75) among LPGA pros this season and fifth in hitting greens in regulation (72.5 percent). Forget her Solheim Cup rookie status, Lewis will be depended upon to be one of the American stalwarts.

Brittany Lincicome

Age: 26

Record: 2-4-1 (Singles: 1-1)

World ranking: No. 9

Victories: 5 LPGA titles (1 major)

The lowdown: Lincicome’s the most dominant American this season, winning the Shoprite Classic and the CN Canadian Women’s Open. She finished second at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. With Killeen Castle expected to be set up long, Lincicome’s power is a key for the Americans. She’s among the longest hitters in the women’s game.

Ryann O’Toole

Age: 24

Record: First appearance

World ranking: No. 102

Victories: No LPGA titles

The lowdown: Solheim Cup pressure’s mounting for the rookie before the matches even begin. She missed the cut at the Navistar, her third consecutive missed cut since being named a captain’s pick. Given she was such a surprising choice, named to the team after just seven LPGA starts, there’s intense scrutiny over her selection. O’Toole is a long hitter with a lot of confidence, but that confidence will be tested as she goes to Ireland looking to shore up her form. O’Toole said her ball striking is fine but she’s struggling in the “scoring zone” with too many putts and a sluggish wedge game.

Morgan Pressel

Age: 23

Record: 3-2-2 (Singles: 2-0)

World ranking: No. 14

Victories: 2 LPGA titles (1 major)

The lowdown: In her first Solheim Cup appearance in 2007, Pressel defeated Annika Sorenstam, 2 and 1, in Sorenstam’s Swedish homeland. The American rookie made a large statement about her ability to step up on the road in that upset. Pressel didn’t lose a match at Rich Harvest Farms in ’09. She’s a perfect 2-0 in singles and showed her match-play prowess before turning pro by winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Angela Stanford

Age: 33

Record: 3-4-3 (Singles 2-1)

World ranking: No. 16

Victories: 4 LPGA titles

The lowdown: Stanford showed her match-play skills getting to the finals (2010) and semifinals (’11) of the Sybase Match Play Championship the last two seasons. Stanford’s making her fourth Solheim Cup appearance. The respected veteran is a strong, stable influence in the team room. She’s coming off a strong performance at the CN Canadian Women’s Open (T-4) and also got herself in the early mix at Navistar.

Michelle Wie

Age: 21

Record: 3-0-1 (Singles: 1-0)

World ranking: No. 12

Victories: 2 LPGA titles

The lowdown: 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, where she didn’t lose a match. After putting so well in the American Solheim Cup victory at Rich Harvest Farms in ’09, Wie takes a different look to Ireland with a belly putter. While Wie looked like she found something with the new putter finishing second at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, she followed it up missing the cut at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and then struggling on the weekend at Navistar after barely making the cut there. But, look for the Solheim Cup atmosphere to bring out Wie’s best.