Sept 9 (Reuters) – Even if girls’s golfing is ruled via Asian avid gamers who aren’t eligible for this week’s Solheim Cup, the development nevertheless stays a spotlight of the calendar with two evenly-matched groups and a real competition just about 3 many years within the making.
The 16th staging of a contest created in 1992 to exhibit the game’s highest girls in a layout mirroring the Ryder Cup, and subsidized via Ping apparatus corporate founder Karsten Solheim, begins at Gleneagles in Scotland on Friday.
Little may just Solheim, who died in 2000, have envisaged all the ones years in the past that come the 2019 match most effective 3 of the highest 15 avid gamers within the girls’s international ratings would also be eligible – with South Korean avid gamers occupying at least seven of the highest spots.
However that won’t detract from the fervour on show via each groups.
The US have a more potent line-up peak to backside, headed via international quantity 3 Lexi Thompson, however are nevertheless most effective slight having a bet favourites, possibly as a result of their workforce comprises 5 beginners.
Eu captain Catriona Matthew for her phase could have 3 debutants — Anne Van Dam, Celine Boutier and Bronte Regulation — on a workforce with a blended 31 appearances, when put next with 18 for Juli Inkster’s American line-up.
Each captains made debatable wildcard choices, Matthew in opting for 38-year-old Suzann Pettersen, who on the time of her variety had performed most effective two times all season since returning to the LPGA Excursion following childbirth.
However Matthew stated in a convention name that she is backing Pettersen, a 15-times LPGA winner, to upward thrust to the instance.
“She’s been probably the most highest Eu avid gamers at the LPGA the remaining 10 or 15 years and an enormous a part of the Solheim Cup over that point,” stated Matthew, an envoy of Aberdeen Same old Investments, a Solheim Cup sponsor.
“She’s were given that fireplace and keenness for it. As a pacesetter at the golfing direction, one of the vital more youthful ones and beginners truly glance as much as her and admire her and I feel it’s nice to have that have at the golfing direction.
“I had without a doubt in my thoughts she could be an asset for the workforce so I broached the topic along with her (of variety) and I feel she used to be truly moderately thrilled.”
Whilst Matthew opted for revel in, her counterpart Inkster put extra weight on present shape when she overpassed nine-times veteran Cristie Kerr, whose 21 profession issues is a U.S. workforce document.
Michelle Wie isn’t at the workforce both, as the previous kid prodigy used to be now not to be had as she rehabilitates a debilitating wrist harm.
Inkster stated she would have liked to have picked 41-year-old Kerr, however may just now not forget about the type of a participant and not using a top-10 end since Would possibly.
“She’s more or less struggled this 12 months,” stated Inkster.
“If I noticed any gentle on the finish of the tunnel, I almost certainly would have picked her in a heartbeat.”
Inkster maintained she used to be now not involved at her workforce’s general inexperience.
“We’re younger however I feel we’re excellent,” she stated.
“We have now a large number of avid gamers with a large number of center and I truly assume they gained’t be intimidated, which I really like.” (Reporting via Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina Modifying via Christian Radnedge)