European Captain Annika Sörenstam has named her 12-woman team for The Solheim Cup, which will take place at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa, in a fortnight, on Aug. 18-20.

After the final qualification event, the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Links, Annika named Anna Nordqvist, Caroline Masson, Emily Kristine Pedersen and Madelene Sagstrom as her four selections.

They joined four players who qualified from the Ladies European Tour points list: Georgia Hall, Florentyna Parker, Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff; as well as four players who qualified through the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings: Carlota Ciganda, Suzann Pettersen, Charley Hull and Karine Icher.

Sörenstam said: “The past 18 months has been an incredible journey.  We have put in a lot of preparation and now that the team is finalised, we can focus on the event.  I am excited about our team. We have a nice mix of veterans and fresh young talent and look forward to the challenge ahead and the memories we will build together.

Speaking about the reasons for her picks, she said of Nordqvist, who will make her fifth appearance for the European team: “She is Europe’s highest ranked player, but due to a recent bout with mono, she wasn’t able to play the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, which she needed in order to have the minimum six events to qualify via the LET Solheim Cup points or Rolex World Rankings. However, with her skills and record, she is a no-brainer pick.

Outlining her reasons for selecting Caroline Masson, who will make a third appearance for Europe, she commented: “She won last year and is coming into good form. She played well the last two weeks and is a two-time Solheim Cup participant and part of Europe’s winning team in Colorado in 2013.”

On Madelene Sagstrom, who will also be a rookie on the European team, she commented: “Another upcoming talent. She had a lot of success on the Symetra Tour last year, earning a battlefield promotion to the LPGA. She has had several top-10 finishes on the LPGA this year. A lot of players want to play with her. She will be a great addition to the team.”

Commenting on Emily Kristine Pedersen, who will be a rookie on the European team, she said: “She is a young upcoming Scandinavian player from Denmark. I know she missed the cut this week, but her recent performances on the LPGA have been impressive. She is an aggressive long hitter, but has also shown a lot of consistency this year. I think she is ready and she will do well on the team.”

The European team has four Solheim Cup rookies (below) and eight returning players who have a combined total of 23 Solheim Cup appearances between them.

 

The European team:

Georgia Hall – England

Florentyna Parker – England

Mel Reid – England

Jodi Ewart Shadoff – England

Carlota Ciganda – Spain

Suzann Pettersen Norway

Charley Hull – England

Karine Icher – France

Anna Nordqvist – Sweden

Caroline Masson – Germany

Emily Kristine Pedersen – Denmark

Madelene Sagstrom – Sweden

 

Player Information:

 

Georgia Hall

Country: England

Age: 21

Turned Pro: 2014

Tournament Victories: 0

Best finish: 2nd in the 2016 Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi

Rolex Ranking: 85

Solheim Cup Record: Debut

PING Junior Solheim Cup: 2013

 

Florentyna Parker

Country: England

Age: 28

Turned Pro: 2009

Tournament Victories: 3

Rolex Ranking: 103

Solheim Cup Record: Debut

PING Junior Solheim Cup: 2005, 2007

Melissa Reid

Country: England

Age: 29

Turned Pro: 2007

Tournament Victories: 6

Rolex Ranking: 107

 

Solheim Cup Record

Years Played: (2) 2011 (winners), 2015

Played 8, Won 4, Lost 3, Halved 1, Points 4 ½ (56.25%)

Series Record

Singles: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 0

Foursomes: Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 0

Fourballs: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 1

PING Junior Solheim Cup: 2005

 

Carlota Ciganda

Country: Spain

Age: 27

Turned Pro: 2011

Ladies European Tour (LET) Victories: 3

LPGA Victories: 2

Rolex Ranking: 20

Solheim Cup Record

Years Played: (2) 2013 (winners), 2015

Played 7, Won 4, Lost 1, Halved 2, Points 5 (71.43%)

Series Record

Singles: Played 2, Won 1, Halved 1

Foursomes: Played 1, Won 1

Fourballs: Played 4, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 1

PING Junior Solheim Cup: 2005, 2007

 

Suzann Pettersen

Country: Norway

Age: 36

Turned Pro: 2000

Ladies European Tour (LET) Victories: 7

LPGA Victories: 15

Note: the 2013 Evian Championship is sanctioned by both tours

Majors: 2

Rolex Ranking: 23

Solheim Cup Record

Years Played: (8) 2002, 2003 (winners), 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 (winners), 2013 (winners), 2015

Played 33, Won 16, Lost 11, Halved 6, Points 19 (57.58%)

Series Record

Singles: Played 8, Won 1, Lost 4, Halved 3

Foursomes: Played 14, Won 7, Lost 5, Halved 2

Fourballs: Played 11, Won 8, Lost 2, Halved 1

 

Charley Hull

Country: England

Age: 21

Turned Pro: 2013

Ladies European Tour (LET) Victories: 1

LPGA Victories: 1

Rolex Ranking: 27

Solheim Cup Record

Years Played: (2) 2013 (winners), 2015

Played 8, Won 6, Lost 2, Halved 0, Points 6 (75%)

Series Record

Singles: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 0

Foursomes: Played 2, Won 2

Fourballs: Played 4, Won 3, Lost 1, Halved 0

PING Junior Solheim Cup: 2011

 

Karine Icher

Country: France

Age: 38

Turned Pro: 2000

Ladies European Tour (LET) Victories: 5

Rolex Ranking: 40

Solheim Cup Record

Years Played: (3) 2002 and 2013 (winners), 2015

Played 10, Won 5, Lost 4, Halved 1, Points 5 ½ (55%)

Series Record

Singles: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 1

Foursomes: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 2, Halved 0

Fourballs: Played 4, Won 3, Lost 1, Halved 0

 

Jodi Ewart Shadoff

Country: England

Age: 29

Turned Pro: 2010

Tournament Victories: 0

Best finish: T3rd in the 2013 Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning & O-I

Rolex Ranking: 51

 

Solheim Cup Record

Years Played: (1) 2013 (winners)

Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 0, Points 2 (66.67%)

Series Record

Singles: Played 1, Won 1, Lost 0, Halved 0

Foursomes: Played 1, Won 0, Lost 1, Halved 0

Fourballs: Played 1, Won 1, Lost 0, Halved 0

 

 

Anna Nordqvist

Country: Sweden

Age: 30

Turned Pro: 2009

Ladies European Tour (LET) Victories: 2

LPGA Victories: 7

Majors: 1

Rolex Ranking: 12

Solheim Cup Record

Years Played: (4): 2009, 2011 (winners), 2013 (winners) and 2015

Played 16, Won 8, Lost 7, Halved 1, Points 8 ½ (53.13%)

Series Record

Singles: Played 4, Won 1, Lost 2, Halved 1

Foursomes: Played 8, Won 4, Lost 4, Halved 0

Fourballs: Played 4, Won 3, Lost 1, Halved 0

PING Junior Solheim Cup: 2005

 

Caroline Masson

Country: Germany

Age: 28

Turned Pro: 2010

Ladies European Tour (LET) Victories: 1

LPGA Victories: 1

Rolex Ranking: 64

Solheim Cup Record

Years Played: (2) 2013 (winners) and 2015

Played 7, Won 2, Lost 3, Halved 2, Points 2 ½ (42.86%)

Series Record

Singles: Played 2, Won 0, Lost 2, Halved 0

Foursomes: Played 1, Won 0, Lost 0, Halved 1

Fourballs: Played 4, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 1

PING Junior Solheim Cup: 2005, 2007

 

Emily Kristine Pedersen

Country: Denmark

Age: 21

Turned Pro: 2015

Ladies European Tour (LET) Victories: 1

Rolex Ranking: 113

Solheim Cup Record: Debut

PING Junior Solheim Cup: 2013

 

Madelene Sagstrom

Country: Sweden

Age: 24

Turned Pro: 2015

Symetra Tour Victories: 3

Rolex Ranking: 69

 

Solheim Cup Record: Debut