The USA and Europe will meet at the Inverness Club from September 4th to 6th.
Scott Heppell | Associate Press P.
Team USA completed its roster for the Solheim Cup 2021 from September 4-6 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio on Monday. The Americans want to win back the trophy after a defeat in Gleneagles, Scotland in 2019.
Team USA’s roster will include Nelly Korda, the current No. 1 woman in the world and reigning Olympic gold medalist. Korda’s older sister, six-time LPGA winner Jessica Korda and two-time Solheim Cup team-mate Daniel Kang will also anchor the American team.
The American team will have to rely not only on the performance of veterans, but also on the first and second contestants if they want to win the trophy back on home soil. Here are three players who must get their A game in Inverness to get Team USA over the finish line.
Nelly is number one in the world and is currently under discussion for LPGA Player of the Year. The 23-year-old is making her second appearance in the team event after being on the losing side the first time. In 2019 Nelly secured 3.5 points with a game record of 3-0-1 over the three-day event.
Nelly leads the LPGA on average with 69,020, almost half a shot better than second place. 2021 was a career year for Nelly; She won her first major title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June. She has also won two other LPGA Tour events and won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in July.
Expect the siblings to work as a team with their older sister Jessica as well during the team format sessions.
Kang is competing in the Solheim Cup for the third time and qualifies for her third team in a row. The 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Champion is looking for her competitive spark in the United States.
With an overall record of 4-4-0 in her career on the team, Kang is hoping to bounce back from a 1-3-0 record in the 2019 competition. She is currently without a win in the LPGA season and missed the Carnoustie cut for the AIG Women’s Open Championship. This season, the 28-year-old ranks 13th on the LPGA Tour in the points average and 31st in birdies. Like Nelly Korda, Kang is in the top 5 of the par 4 on the tour.
Inverness has 13 par 4s on its scorecard. Kang’s ability to attack these holes will prove crucial in the games to come.
Khang returns 0-2-1 at Gleneagles after a disappointing debut in 2019. Khang dropped her two foursome matches before halving her singles match against Europe’s Charley Hull.
While the 23-year-old is still looking for her first win, Khang has held up well under pressure and has achieved three top 10 placements in the majors since 2020. At the partner events, however, Khang’s strength should prevail. Khang ranks sixth on the LPGA in fairways found off the tee.
The Solheim Cup starts on September 4th at 7 a.m. The coverage will be available from September 4-6 on the Golf Channel and NBC.