Solheim Cup 2021: Team Europe Player Profiles ahead of USA clash

Get to know Team Europe ahead of their clash against Team USA this weekend.

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Thu, 2 Sep 2021

Solheim Cup 2021: Team Europe Player Profiles ahead of USA clash

The 2021 Solheim Cup will be decided this weekend at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, United States.

Team Europe, captained by 2019-winning captain Catriona Matthew will have work to do against a star-studded Team USA. 

Here, GolfMagic takes a look at Team Europe and their playing histories at the Solheim Cup. 

 

 

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Emily Pedersen

Age: 25

World Ranking: 67

Solheim Cup Appearances: 2017

Record: 0-3-0

A former Ladies European Tour rookie of the year, winning in 2015.

It took her five years to win again.

Last year the Dane won four events, including three back-to-back.

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Georgia Hall

Age: 25

World Ranking: 29

Solheim Cup Appearances: 2017, 2019

Record: 6-3-0

Won every match at Gleneagles, securing four points.

Had a strong finish to the season and was T2 at the AIG Women’s Open.

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Sophia Popov

Age: 28

World Ranking: 30

Solheim Cup Appearances: Rookie

Nearly quit golf but became a sensation when she won the 2020 AIG Women’s Open.

Has backed it up with her performances since.

She only got into her breakout major due to players not travelling due to the pandemic.

Record:

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Anna Nordqvist

Age: 34

World Ranking: 16

Solheim Cup Appearances: 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019

Record: 12-9-2

AIG Women’s Open champion and the most experienced player on either side.

Her major win was her first in four years.

Is reported to suit the Inverness Club, due to her prolificacy in hitting greens in reg.

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Charley Hull

Age: 25

World Ranking: 38

Solheim Cup Appearances: 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019

Record: 9-3-3

Five Solheim Cups. Five.

Hull is still only 25 and an experienced head for Team Europe.

She has struggled for form this season, but revels in Solheim Cup atmospheres.

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Carlota Ciganda

Age: 31

World Ranking: 41

Solheim Cup Appearances: 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019

Record: 6-6-4

Defeated Danielle Kang at Gleneagles in 2019.

A veteran for Team Europe and still only 31.

She has been in fairly poor form over recent months.

No doubt her experience will invaluable for Catriona Matthew.

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Leona Maguire

Age: 26

World Ranking: 45

Solheim Cup Appearances: Rookie

Record:

Had her most impressive season as a professional.

Shot 61 at the Amundi Evian Championship, equalling the record for lowest score.

The first Irishwoman to ever play in a Solheim Cup.

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Madelene Sagstrom

Age: 28

World Ranking:  48

Solheim Cup Appearances: 2017

Record: 1-2-0

Won her first LPGA Tour event in 2020 at Gainbridge.

Had her best finish in a major in August, tying for second at the AIG Women’s Open.

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Matilda Castren

Age: 26

World Ranking: 47

Solheim Cup Appearances: Rookie

Record:

Became the first Finn to win on the LPGA Tour earlier this season.

In the summer she won the Ladies European Tour for the first time.

She is the first Finn to compete for Team Europe.

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Nanna Koerstz Madsen

Age: 26

World Ranking: 49

Solheim Cup Appearances: Rookie

Record:

Still searching for her first LPGA Tour win, but she has got game.

Has secured three top-15s in majors this year.

Smashes it, averaging 275 off the tee this year.

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Mel Reid

Age: 33

World Ranking: 53

Solheim Cup Appearances: 2011, 2015, 2017

Record: 4-6-2

Gets as pumped as Ian Poulter when she drains a putt.

2019 was agonizing for Reid.

She didn’t make the team but served as an assistant captain.

Won on the LPGA Tour for the first time last October.

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Celine Boutier

Age: 27

World Ranking: 66

Solheim Cup Appearances: 2019

Record: 4-0-0

Swept aside everyone and left them in her wake in her first appearance in 2019.

Boutier dominated alongside Georgia Hall.

Surely they will be paired together again?!

 

 

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