2005 Team Profiles

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Solheim CupThe U.S. team will try to keep its record perfect on home soil and win back the Solheim Cup from Europe when the matches start Friday at Crooked Stick. Here is a closer look at the two teams:

Paula Creamer
Age: 19
Qualification: Ranked No. 8
Previous Solheims: None
At 19 years and one month is the youngest ever Solheim player. Has won twice this year as a rookie - Sybase Classic and Evian Masters - and ranked second on the LPGA money list behind Annika Sorenstam. Two years ago, she played in the Junior Solheim Cup and was a member of the winning 2004 Curtis Cup team. Tipped to reach the very top of the game.
Beth Daniel
Age: 48
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 3-4-1 Fourball: 4-2-2 Singles: 3-2-2 Total points won: 12.5
Oldest ever Solheim player - she will 49 next month - but can still teach the youngsters a thing or two. A member of the LPGA Hall of Fame, has 33 victories, including one major, in a career stretching back to 1979. Played in every Solheim Cup except 1998 when she was suffering from a shoulder injury. Last victory was in the 2003 BMO Canadian Women's Open.
Laura Diaz
Age: 30
Qualification: Ranked No.10
Previous Solheims: 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 1-2-0 Fourball: 1-1-0 Singles: 2-0-0 Total points won: 4
Daughter of a Florida-based professional, she is also married to a professional - Kevin Diaz - and is expecting her first child in four months time. Played her first professional season in Europe, and won the LET Rookie of the Year title in 1998 when she competed as Laura Philo. Has won twice on the LPGA Tour.
Natalie Gulbis
Age: 22
Qualification: Ranked No. 6
Previous Solheims: None
Often referred to as the Anna Kournikova of women's golf, the glamour girl from Las Vegas is still waiting her first professional victory. Has had a remarkably consistent season, finishing second to Cristie Kerr at the Michelob ULTRA Open and to Annika Sorenstam at the Scandinavian TPC in Sweden. Well-known for her sexy calendars and is the subject of a golf reality show.
Pat Hurst
Age: 36
Qualification: Ranked No. 5
Previous Solheims: 1998, 2000, 2002
Record: Foursomes: 3-2-0 Fourball: 2-1-0 Singles: 1-1-1 Total points won: 6.5
Won Satte Farm Classic last Sunday for a fourth career win that includes one major, the 1998 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Combines golf with family life - has a son and daughter - and returns to Solheim duty for a fourth time after missing out in Sweden two years ago.
Juli Inkster
Age: 45
Qualification: Ranked No. 3
Previous Solheims: 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 3-3-2 Fourball: 3-3-0 Singles: 4-1-0 Total points won: 11
A seven-time major and member of the Hall of Fame, has 30 victories on the LPGA Tour. Mother of two daughters, she manages to combine family life with a high profile sporting career. Won three consecutive US Women Amateur titles and lives in California and married to a fellow-professional, Brian Inkster.
Rosie Jones
Age: 45
Qualification: Ranked No. 4
Previous Solheims: 1990, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 3-2-0 Fourball: 4-4-0 Singles: 3-3-0 Total points won: 10
Would have been vice-Captain if she hadn't qualified automatically. Troubled by injury problems but still one of the feistiest players on the LPGA Tour. Says she is going to retire at the end of this season, but some of her colleagues don't believe her and her record suggests it might still be too soon. Has had six top tens this year, including an outright second behind Annika Sorenstam at the opening major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Cristie Kerr
Age: 27
Qualification: Ranked No.1
Previous Solheims: 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 0-2-0 Fourball: 3-1-0 Singles: 1-1-0 Total points won: 4
Two-time winner this season and has six in all on the LPGA Tour. Turned professional straight from school and so now in her ninth season on Tour. Game reached a new level after she shed a lot of weight and started working out - now is one of the fittest and best in the women's game.
Christina Kim
Age: 21
Qualification: Ranked No. 7
Previous Solheims: None
One of the biggest personalities in women's golf and gained a huge following in America since joining the LPGA Tour at the age of 18. Her parents are Korean - her Dad, Man Kim, is her caddie - but she was born in California and wears the American colours with enormous pride. Made her breakthrough with a win in the Long Drugs Challenge a year ago.
Meg Mallon
Age: 42
Qualification: Ranked No.2
Previous Solheims: 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 200, 2002, 2003
Record:Foursomes: 3-6-2 Fourball: 4-1-3 Singles: 4-2-1 Total points won: 14
A four-time major winner and 18 in all over her 19 years on the LPGA Tour. Troubled by a back injury sustained at the end of last season, she has not quite hit top form this season. But always a formidable Solheim competitor having played in every match except the first one.
Michele Redman
Age: 40
Qualification: Ranked No.9
Previous Solheims: 2000, 2002, 2003
Record:Foursomes: 0-1-1 Fourball: 2-1-0 Singles: 1-1-1 Total points won: 4
Could be considered one of the locals having attended Indiana University in Indianapolis. Has two victories in her 13 years on the LPGA Tour and is rated one of the most consistent. Clinched her fourth Solheim appearance with a top ten finish in the final qualifying event, the Wendy's Championship for Children.
Wendy Ward
Age: 32
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 2002, 2003
Record:Foursomes: 2-2-0 Fourball: 0-2-0 Singles: 0-1-1 Total points won: 2.5
Returned to the winner's circle for the first time in four years at the LPGA Takefuji Classic in Las Vegas in April - it was her fourth win on Tour. Failed to win a point at the last Solheim, but a determination to make amends could make her an even fiercer competitor.
Laura Davies (England)
Age: 41
Qualification: Ranked No.2
Previous Solheims: 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 7-4-1 Fourball: 5-5-2 Singles:4-4-0
Total points won: 17.5
Only player to compete in all nine Solheim Cups and holds the points record (17.5). A former world No.1, has four majors among her 20 LPGA victories and has won a record 34 times in Europe. Last win was in the 2004 AAMI Women's Australian Open. A huge hitter, she ranks among the most popular golfers - male or female - wherever she travels around the world.
Sophie Gustafson (Sweden)
Age: 31
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 3-0-1 Fourball: 2-4-0 Singles: 2-1-1
points won: 8
One of the longest hitters in women's golf, she has won 11 times on the LET and four times on the LPGA Tour. Had a relatively poor 2004 season, but showed her determination to make a fifth successive Solheim with a great run this summer highlighted by an outright second place in the Weetabix Women's British Open - a title she won in 2000.
Maria Hjorth (Sweden)
Age: 31
Qualification: Ranked No. 4
Previous Solheims: 2002
Record: Foursomes: DNP Fourball: 1-1-0 Singles: 0-1-0
Total points won: 1
Based in Arizona and plays mostly on the LPGA Tour, winning twice in 1999. Returned to Europe to win the 2004 Ladies' English Open, and successfully defended the tile in July. A big hitter who is capable of making a lot of birdies, she has a game made for match play.
Trish Johnson
Age: 39
Qualification: Ranked No. 6
Previous Solheims: 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000
Record:Foursomes: 2-4-1 Fourball: 2-2-2 Singles: 1-5-0
Total points won: 6.5
One of the all-time great players on the European Tour with 13 victories. Also has three wins from her years on the LPGA Tour. A mad keen soccer supporter - Arsenal is her team - she returns to the side after missing the last two matches. Launched her comeback with a win in last year's Wales Ladies' Championship of Europe.
Carin Koch (Sweden)
Age: 34
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 2000, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 4-0-1 Fourball: 3-1-0 Singles: 1-1-1
Total points won: 9
Was unbeaten through her first two Solheim Cups and is a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, her second victory coming in this season's Corona Morelia Championship in Mexico in April. First ever victory was in Europe - the 2000 Chrysler Open in her native Sweden. Career has been interrupted by birth of two sons - Oliver (1998) and Simzon (2003). Husband, Stefan, is fellow-Swedish professional.
Ludivine Kreutz (France)
Age: 31
Qualification: Ranked No. 3
Previous Solheims: None
Broke through with a win at the 2003 La Perla Italian Open and secured her Solheim selection with two victories this season - Tenerife Open and OTP Bank Central Ladies' European Open in Hungary. The 1995 French Amateur Champion, she has played on the LET for seven years.
Catriona Matthew (Scotland)
Age: 36
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 1998, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 2-1-1 Fourball: 3-2-1 Singles: 1-1-0
Total points won: 4.5
Steady as a rock, she has won four times worldwide Australia, Scotland and twice on the LPGA Tour. Has been one of the highest-ranked LPGA players for the past few years and had the honor of clinching Europe's winning point when she beat Rosie Jones in the singles at the 2003 Solheim at Barseback. Also had a great amateur record - played in three Curtis Cups.
Gwladys Nocera (France)
Age: 30
Qualification: Ranked No. 7
Previous Solheims: None
Has yet to win, but has been one of the most consistent players in Europe over the past couple of years. Has four top tens this year, including outright second place in the Siemens Austrian Open. Spent four years at New Mexico State University and had an impressive amateur record before joining the LET in 2002.
Suzann Pettersen (Norway)
Age: 24
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 3-1-0 Fourball: 2-0-0 Singles: 0-1-1
Total points won: 5.5
The feisty Norwegian spent six months lying flat on her back with an injury, and only launched her season in June. But produced a string of good results in Europe to clinch a third Solheim cap. A player that gives personality to any team, the surprise is that she has only won once - as a rookie at the 2001 French Open. Now plays mostly on the LPGA Tour.
Annika Sorenstam (Sweden)
Age: 34
Qualification: Ranked No.1
Previous Solheims: 1994, 1996, 1998, 200, 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 9-1-1 Fourball: 4-5-1 Singles: 3-2-1
Total points won: 17.5
Dominated women's golf for the past few years and shows no sign of letting up. Has won seven times - six on the LPGA including two majors (Kraft Nabisco and McDonald's LPGA Championships) and once in Europe at the Scandinavian TPC in Sweden hosted by herself. Has won nine majors, 62 LPGA tournaments and 13 on the LET in a remarkable career. First non-American to gain entry to the LPGA Hall of Fame.
Karen Stupples (England)
Age: 32
Qualification: Captain's wild card
Previous Solheims: None
Winner of two tournaments in 2004, including a major - the Weetabix Women's British Open. Two-time Curtis Cup player from Deal, Karen has played all her professional golf in America and finished a career high of No.6 on the money list last year. This summer, she was laid low by an ear infection, but still merited her Captain's wild card selection.
Iben Tinning (Denmark)
Age: 31
Qualification: Ranked No. 5
Previous Solheims: 2002, 2003
Record: Foursomes: 0-2-1 Fourball: 1-1-0 Singles: 2-0-0
Total points won: 3.5
Won three times this year - Spanish Open, BMW Italian Open and Nykerdit Masters in Denmark on Sunday - and five times in all in Europe. Is three months pregnant, and will take a break after the Solheim but intends to return to the Tour next summer. A huge hitter, she has been one of most consistent players in Europe for the last few years.
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    Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

    By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

    Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

    Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

    Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

    Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

    12/1: Dustin Johnson

    16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

    20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

    25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

    30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

    40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

    50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

    60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

    80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

    100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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    Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

    By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

    If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

    Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

    Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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    There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

    There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

    Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

    John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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    Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

    By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

    Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

    Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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    “I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

    Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

    “I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

    But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

    “I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”

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    Harrington: Fiery Carnoustie evokes Hoylake in '06

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 16, 2018, 3:45 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – One course came to mind when Padraig Harrington arrived on property and saw a firm, fast and yellow Carnoustie.

    Hoylake in 2006.

    That's when Tiger Woods avoided every bunker, bludgeoned the links with mid-irons and captured the last of his three Open titles.

    So Harrington was asked: Given the similarity in firmness between Carnoustie and Hoylake, can Tiger stir the ghosts this week?

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    “I really don’t know,” Harrington said Monday. “He’s good enough to win this championship, no doubt about it. I don’t think he could play golf like the way he did in 2006. Nobody else could have tried to play the golf course the way he did, and nobody else could have played the way he did. I suspect he couldn’t play that way now, either. But I don’t know if that’s the strategy this week, to lay up that far back.”

    With three days until the start of this championship, that’s the biggest question mark for Harrington, the 2007 winner here. He doesn’t know what his strategy will be – but his game plan will need to be “fluid.” Do you attack the course with driver and try to fly the fairway bunkers? Or do you attempt to lay back with an iron, even though it’s difficult to control the amount of run-out on the baked-out fairways and bring the bunkers into play?

    “The fairways at Hoylake are quite flat, even though they were very fast,” Harrington said. “There’s a lot of undulations in the fairways here, so if you are trying to lay up, you can get hit the back of a slope and kick forward an extra 20 or 30 yards more than you think. So it’s not as easy to eliminate all the risk by laying up.”