Solheim Cup 2017: Europe and United States confirm teams

Annika Sorenstam with the Solheim Cup

Annika Sorenstam with the Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup captains Annika Sorenstam and Juli Inkster have finalised their teams for the biennial bout in Iowa in two weeks' time.

"I pretty much knew my chance was gone after that", added Matthew, who will now channel her energy towards helping Sorenstam and the other members of her backroom team as they bid to win back the trophy after losing to the Americans at St Leon-Rot in Germany two years ago.

The 2017 Solheim Cup is the 15th edition of the Solheim Cup matches, being held August 18-20 at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Sagstrom and Pedersen are both rookies, while Masson secured her place with a tie for third in the British Open.

The United States lead 9-5 after winning 14½-13½ in Germany, although Europe won for the first time on U.S. soil in 2013. She is hot favourite to lead the European team at Gleneagles in 2019.

But Sorenstam has taken the gamble of picking rookies Madeline Sagstrom and Emily Pedersen to complete her 12-strong team for the contest in Iowa from August 18-20, with the visitors seeking just a second win on USA soil.

"We've got a good, strong team with a lot of good
players and there are going to be some good matches out in Des Moines", predicted the 47-year-old Scot before
leaving Kingsbarns.

United States captain Juli Inkster picked two rookies to make up her side, adding 18-year-old Angel Yin and Austin Ernst, 25, to her eight automatic qualifiers, a group that didn't change from how it had been at the start of the British Open.

Ernst will play for Captain Julie Inkster's US squad, while Sagstrom was chosen by European Captain Annika Sorenstam.

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