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A Glimpse at the European Solheim Cup Team

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Dale Reid may be hoping that the third time is the charm as she and her powerhouse team head to the Americas in hopes of retaining the Solheim Cup.
 
Usually, the European Team is comprised of the top seven point holders who automatically earn a spot while the other five team members are Captains picks. But this year, upon the conclusion of the Wales WPGA Championship, there was a tie for seventh place points so it was decided that eight players would automatically qualify and Reid would be reduced to four picks. Below is a look at how the European Team has shaped up.
 
DALE REID
Scotland

This is Reid's third term as European Captain. Her first stint in 1998 was not fruitful but in 2000 she was credited with guiding her team to victory at Loch Lomond.
 
Reid has amassed 21 career victories since joining the European Ladies Professional Golf Association (LET). She has played on all but the last two Solheim Cup teams, establishing a record of 4-6-1
 

ANNIKA SORENSTAM
Sweden

Shes 31 and has accumulated 38 worldwide wins ' nine this year alone ' which makes her one player that Patty Sheehan will be watching closely. Sorenstam, making her fifth Cup appearance this week, recently switched to a left hand low putting style and has thus far found the change a successful one.
 
Since 1994 Annika has participated in four Cups. Her record is 9-6-2, a winning percentage hovering just under 60%.
 

RAQUEL CORRIEDO
Spain

Corriedo is one of the quieter members of this team. This is her second time on the European squad. Her first appearance has left her with a 0-1-1 record, which no doubt she will try to improve this week. What Corriedo brings to the table is an ability to perform around the greens.
 

KARINE ICHER
France

Icher, one of six rookies, is only 23-years-old and one of the many members of a team that represent the new flavor of golf in Europe. In recent years, the Europeans have been blessed with a wealth of young talent ' Icher included.
 

PAULA MARTI
Spain

Marti, a 22-year-old knockout, will play in the Solheim Cup for the first time. She has proven herself over the last two years to be one of the most powerful up and comers on the European Tour and is one of the many players that will be making her way over to the LPGA Tour very soon.
 

SOPHIE GUSTAFSON
Sweden

Gustafson has been touted as the next great golfer from Sweden. This week marks her third time on the team. Although her past record of 2-2-2 has left her a dicey match play competitor, Gustafson, who battles with a debilitating stutter, is a solid player and a fighter.
 

SUZANN PETTERSEN
Norway

At 21-years-old, Pettersen is another Cup rookie that you may not have heard much of but soon will. Shes proven herself as a dynamo both on and off the course and has been a major part of the revitalization of the LET. Pettersen has got game.
 

DANE IBEN TINNING
Denmark

Also a Cup rookie, Tinning is ready to show her winning ways in match play. She has 13 top-10 finishes this season including her first two wins on the LET.
 

MARIA HJORTH
Sweden

This Cup rookie is known for driving distance and accuracy. She earned her spot in the 11th hour by tying for seventh in the points standings with Tinning. Like McKay, Hjorth missed the cut at the last two LPGA Tour events she played in.
 

LAURA DAVIES
England

She was Reids first Captain's pick and is one of only two European players to have participated in every Solheim Cup since its inception in 1990. She is considered the heart and soul of the European team.
 
Davies finished the State Farm Classic three weeks ago in a tie for 4th. It was her second best finish all year.
 
Davies' overall record is 13-8-2.
 

HELEN ALFREDSSON
Sweden

She was a natural second pick for Reid and is one of only two European players to have participated in every Solheim Cup. Alfredsson is noted as one of the best match play competitors in the world.
 
Like Davies, Alfredsson will be one of the players that Captain Reid relies upon to help the six rookies through the week.
 
Her overall record is 9-10-2.
 

CARIN KOCH
Sweden

Koch was Reids third pick. Even though this is only her second appearance, what she brings to the table is a 3-0-0 record from 2000.
 
Koch, who plays predominantly on the LPGA Tour, has recorded eight top-10s this season.
 

MHAIRI MCKAY
Scotland

As the fourth and final pick, McKay, one of six Cup rookies, brings consistency to the table. She has made America her stomping grounds in recent years and is known as a big hitter, an excellent putter, and ranks in the top-30 in greens in regulation.
 
Reid didnt seem to be too concerned that she missed the cut at both LPGA Tour events in the last two weeks.
 

ELISABETH ESTERLl
Germany

Esterl is the traveling alternate for the team.
 
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