Ally Ewing, Cheyenne Knight and Angel Yin were selected as Team USA captains for the Solheim Cup; Team Europe aim for third straight victory over Stacy Lewis’s team from 22-24 September, live on Sky Sports
The author: Stuart Hodge, @Hodgeythehack
17:46 UK Monday 28 August 2023
Team USA captain Stacy Lewis has named Ally Ewing, Cheyenne Knight and Angel Yin as her captain choices for the Solheim Cup.
The final three selections were made in a special announcement show on Monday at 5:00 p.m., live on Sky Sports Golfas Team USA tries to avoid a third Solheim Cup loss for the first time in tournament history.
Two-time LPGA Tour winner Knight is making her Solheim Cup debut, while Ewing and Yin will be making their third appearances.
World no. 1 Lilia Vu and no. 2 Nelly Korda lead the list of nine automatic qualifiers for Team USA, which will take on Team Europe and captain Suzann Pettersen at Finca Cortesin in Andalucia, Spain, September 22-24.
Lewis captains a team for next month’s biennial in Spain that includes five others based on the Solheim Cup standings — Allisen Corpuz, Megan Khang, Jennifer Kupcho, Danielle Kang and Andrea Lee — plus Lexi Thompson and LPGA Tour newcomer Rose Zhang. the highest American women in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings who were not in the top seven of the American Solheim Cup.
“The last year has been exciting – and challenging – and having these players locked in Spain has pumped me up for the week,” Lewis said. “Even the rookies aren’t true rookies in my eyes. They’ve proven to be great competitors over the last two years and I have no doubt that experience won’t get the better of them. Add to that the captain’s tips, this is sure to be a very strong team.”
It is Thompson’s sixth appearance in the Solheim Cup. The only American players competing on multiple Solheim Cup teams are Paula Creamer (seven), Beth Daniel (eight), Juli Inkster (nine), Rosie Jones (seven), Cristie Kerr (nine) and Meg Mallon (eight).
Team USA for 2023 Solheim Cup
Qualified via LET Solheim Cup points list: Lilia Vu, Nelly Korda, Allisen Corpuz, Megan Khang, Jennifer Kupcho, Danielle Kang and Andrea Lee
Qualified by Rolex Women’s World Ranking: Lexi Thompson, Rose Zhang
Captain’s picks: Ally Ewing, Cheyenne Knight, Angel Yin
Kang, meanwhile, will be representing the United States for the fourth time, while Khang and Korda will be making appearances on their third teams. Kupcho will wear the Stars and Stripes for the second time, while Corpuz, Lee, Vu and Zhang will play in their first Solheim Cup.
“It’s an honor for me to be on this team, to be with the best players in the world and to be an athlete representing my country,” Zhang said. “I can’t wait to go to Spain and battle it out with these amazing girls and represent the Red, White and Blue at the same time.”
Lewis reveals the reasons behind all three captaincy selections
The US captain confirmed that her team had been set in her head over the past month and a half, with Ewing, Yin and Knight confident they were the right fit.
Lewis spoke live Sky Sports as she revealed her selections for this year’s tournament, detailing the reasons why these three players were selected.
“It was a little different for everybody,” Lewis explained. “Ally (Ewing), you know, I really wanted a veteran voice, a calming voice, and she’s really solid. Tee to green, very solid, very consistent, she can literally match up with anybody. We put all our pairings and she could play almost with anyone on the team.
“Then you go to Angel (Yin). Her game in the majors obviously caught my eye. She finished in the top 30 at every major this year. Her game on Bermuda grass caught my eye there as well, and then her length.
“And then Cheyenne (Knight), just her overall game. Kind of like Ally, very consistent tee-to-green, she’s very good on the greens. I think she had seven straight top 20s at the beginning of the year and she was nice. he capped it off with a win.
“So again, it’s good to play more than anything, but then they’ve got individual things that have helped us fill some spots in the team.”
In 2019, Team Europe won 14.5-13.5 at Gleneagles in Scotland, a stunning victory that saw Suzann Pettersen hit the winning putt on the last hole of the final match. Team USA leads the European team 10-6 in the Solheim Cup competition, but Pettersen will be hoping to captain the Europeans to a third straight triumph.
Norway announced their four captain choices to complete the European leg of the Solheim Cup in a special live show on Sky on Tuesday 22 August, with Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh making her debut alongside former participants Caroline Hedwall, Emily Kristine Pedersen and Madelene Sagstrom.
The quartet joined Evian Championship winner Celine Boutier and Maje Stark who qualified via the European points list, while Charley Hull, Leona Maguire, Georgia Hall, Linn Grant, Carlota Ciganda and Anna Nordqvist earned their places via the world ranking.
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