Solheim Cup 2021: European player profiles

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Solheim Cup 2021: European player profiles

Automatic qualifiers

Emily Pedersen in action during her Solheim Cup debut at Dies Moines Golf and Country Club 2017. Photo: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Emily Kristine Pedersen (Denmark)

Age: 25th
Caps: 1 (2017)
Record: Won 0 Lost 3 Halved 0
He gave a wild card in 2017 as a 21-year-old rookie but made an unfortunate debut at Des Moines, losing all three games in the loss to Europe. Won the 2020 Race to Costal del Sol with more than three times as many points as their next challenger.

Georgia Hall speaks to Anna Nordqvist during the 2017 Solheim Cup.  Photo: Harry How / Getty Images

Georgia Hall speaks to Anna Nordqvist during the 2017 Solheim Cup. Photo: Harry How / Getty Images

Georgia Hall (England)

Age: 25th
Caps: 2 (2017, 2019)
Record: Won 6 Lost 3 Halved 0
Last time he set a 100 percent record from four games at Gleneagles, he won three wins with Celine Boutier and then defeated Lexi Thompson in singles. Won the Women’s British Open in 2018 and tied for second place at the same event in Carnoustie after finishing sixth in the Evian Championship in July.

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist poses with the trophy after winning the Women's British Open.  Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP via Getty Images

Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist poses with the trophy after winning the Women’s British Open. Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP via Getty Images

Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)

Age: 34
Caps: 6 (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Record: Won 12 Lost 9 Halved 2
Qualified for her seventh consecutive appearance in style by winning her third major title in the British Women’s Open, the final qualifying event. She won only one of her three matches at Gleneagles in 2019, but it was a pivotal win over Morgan Pressel in the final singles.

Sophia Popov worked for German television before her brilliant win at the 2020 women's British Open at the Solheim Cup.  Photo: Andrew Redington / Getty Images

Sophia Popov worked for German television before her brilliant victory at the 2020 women’s British Open at the Solheim Cup. Photo: Andrew Redington / Getty Images

Sophia Popow (Germany)

Age: 28
Caps: 0
Worked for German television during the 2015 Solheim Cup but is now part of the team after her shock victory at the 2020 British Women’s Open at Royal Troon when she finished 304th in the world rankings.

Charley Hull and Azahara Munoz line up putts at the Solheim Cup 2019 in Gleneagles.  Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Charley Hull and Azahara Munoz line up putts at the Solheim Cup 2019 in Gleneagles. Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Charley Hull (England)

Age: 25th
Caps: 4 (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Record: Won 9 Lost 3 Halved 3
Made her competitive debut as a 17-year-old wild card and was unbeaten at Gleneagles with two wins and two halved games. Qualified as one of the top four players in the world rankings.

Carlota Ciganda celebrates on the 18th green at Gleneagles.  Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Carlota Ciganda celebrates on the 18th green at Gleneagles. Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Carlota Ciganda (Spain)

Age: 31
Caps: 4 (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Record: 6 won 6 lost 6 halved 4
One of only two Europeans to have played all five games at Gleneagles, where their only win in the first individual was against Danielle Kang.

Wildcards

Leona Maguire will make history when she becomes the first Irish woman golfer to make her Solheim Cup debut.  Photo: Andrew Redington / Getty Images

Leona Maguire will make history when she becomes the first Irish woman golfer to make her Solheim Cup debut. Photo: Andrew Redington / Getty Images

Leona Maguire (Ireland)

Age: 26th
Caps: 0
The first Irish player to contest the Solheim Cup after being rewarded with a wild card for a consistently consistent season. He has taken nine top 15 finishes and finished with a 61 in the Evian Championship to get the lowest score ever in a major.

Mel Reid (right) celebrates with Carlota Ciganda at the 2017 Solheim Cup in Des Moines.  Photo: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Mel Reid (right) celebrates with Carlota Ciganda at the 2017 Solheim Cup in Des Moines. Photo: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Mel Reid (England)

Age: 33
Caps: 3 (2011, 2015, 2017)
Record: Won 4 Lost 6 Halved 2
He didn’t make it into the team in 2019, but replaced Suzann Pettersen as assistant captain when Pettersen received a wildcard. Won her first LPGA Tour title in October 2020 and represented Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics.

Celine Boutier (right) and Georgia Hall celebrate 2019 in Gleneagles.  Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Celine Boutier (right) and Georgia Hall celebrate 2019 in Gleneagles. Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Celine Boutier (France)

Age: 27
Caps: 1 (2019)
Record: Won 4 Lost 0 Halved 0
Made a dream debut at Gleneagles with four wins out of four, beating Annie Park in singles after working three wins with Georgia Hall. Has enjoyed a consistent season on the LPGA Tour with one of three consecutive top 10 finishes in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Matilda Castren became the first Finnish player to win the Mediheal Championship on the LPGA Tour.  Photo: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Matilda Castren became the first Finnish player to win the Mediheal Championship on the LPGA Tour. Photo: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Matilda Castren (Finland)

Age: 26th
Caps: 0
She became the first Finnish player to win the LPGA Tour by winning the Mediheal Championship in June and the following month she won the Gant Ladies Open on home soil, a win that made her a LET member and eligible for the Solheim Cup.

Madelene Sagstrom beat Austin Ernst in her singles debut in Iowa in 2017.  Photo: Harry How / Getty Images

Madelene Sagstrom beat Austin Ernst in her singles debut in Iowa in 2017. Photo: Harry How / Getty Images

Madelene Sagström (Sweden)

Age: 28
Caps: 1 (2017)
Record: Won 1 Lost 2 Halved 0
Birdied the 17th hole in the final round of the British Women’s Open to take part of the lead, only to bogey the last and finish one stroke behind fellow countryman Nordqvist. Beat Austin Ernst on her 2017 singles debut.

The Danish Nanna Koerstz Madsen in action at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.  Photo: Chris Trotman / Getty Images

The Danish Nanna Koerstz Madsen in action at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Photo: Chris Trotman / Getty Images

Nanna Körstz Madsen (Denmark)

Age: 26th
Caps: 0
Double bogey at the 72nd hole in Carnoustie, when he was tied at the top with playing partner and later champion Nordqvist, and beat a bunker shot out of a clumsy lie. He was tied for third place in the ANA Inspiration and 15th in the Women’s PGA Championship.

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