AIG Girls’s Open is the final main for gamers to try to qualify for Europe’s subsequent Solheim Cup workforce; Europe will probably be chasing a 3rd consecutive victory in opposition to Group USA from September 22-24 in Spain; Watch the AIG Girls’s Open from August 10-13 stay on Sky Sports activities Golf
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Former Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew has backed Group Europe to have their strongest facet ever once they chase a historic threepeat this September in Spain.
Matthew guided Europe to back-to-back victories over Group USA for the primary time within the historical past of the biennial contest, captaining them to a slender 14.5-13.5 win at Gleneagles in 2019 earlier than main them to a 15-13 success in Ohio in 2021.
Suzann Pettersen – who scored the successful level throughout the 2019 contest – will captain Europe at Finca Cortesin from September 22-24, stay on Sky Sports activities, the place the hosts will probably be aiming to register a 3rd consecutive victory for the primary time within the event’s historical past.
Europe could have lots of their final two successful groups at their disposal once more for this 12 months’s contest, with Matthew impressed with the energy of the choices Pettersen has accessible to select from.
Requested whether or not she believed this may very well be the strongest European facet ever, Matthew mentioned: “I actually do. Clearly you have obtained the likes of Georgia [Hall], Charley [Hull], Carlota [Ciganda], Celine [Boutier] and Leona [Maguire] and all of the skilled ones.
“Then there’s the 2 younger Swedish women coming in, Maja Stark and Linn Grant, so I believe it may be a superb workforce.
“I believe the American workforce will probably be very completely different this 12 months, with a few of their prime gamers maybe not enjoying as properly. Lexi [Thompson] hasn’t been enjoying properly and Jessica (Korda) has been injured, so it may be attention-grabbing.”
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Corridor: Europe ‘the perfect on paper’?
The AIG Girls’s Open is the penultimate occasion within the qualification marketing campaign, with gamers solely having this week’s main and the ISPS Handa World Invitational the next week to try to drive their approach into consideration.
The highest two gamers within the European Solheim Cup standings and the highest six gamers eligible gamers within the Rolex Girls’s World Golf Rankings after these occasions will safe automated spots, with Pettersen then having 4 captain’s picks to finish her facet.
Georgia Corridor will make her fourth consecutive look for Group Europe, with the Englishman admitting that Pettersen goes to be left with a troublesome determination on who she selects as her captain’s picks.
“I believe we will have the perfect workforce on paper for the primary time in a very long time,” Corridor mentioned. “I believe we have a really robust facet and it may be onerous for Suzann to select the final two or three spots for positive.
“It will likely be attention-grabbing to see who they’re. I believe a whole lot of the workforce might be set from what I see, however for the final two or three you may choose a rookie or go for somebody who has been in it 5 – 6 occasions.”
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