Team Europe pick rookies for Solheim Cup

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Captain Catriona Matthew has picked three rookies for Team Europe's Solheim Cup title defence against a highly fancied United States outfit led by world No.1 Nelly Korda at next week's biennial golf tournament.

Newcomers Nanna Madsen of Denmark, who finished fifth on Sunday at the women's British Open, Ireland's Leona Maguire and Finland's Matilda Castren were among Matthew's six wildcard selections.

Maguire and Castren are the first of their respective nations to compete for Europe in the tournament to be held at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio from September 4-6.

"I don't think it has really sunk in yet, but it brings tears of joy into my eyes just thinking about it," said Castren, who had her first LPGA tour win at the Mediheal Championship in June.

Matthew on Monday also selected Solheim veterans Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden, who finished tied for second at the women's British Open, Celine Boutier of France and Britain's Mel Reid.

The US have won 10 of the 16 editions of the tournament and are favourites with Korda anchoring the Americans.

But Matthew said she had no concerns accepting the "underdogs" tag ahead of the tournament.

Joining Team Europe through automatic qualifying were Sweden's Anna Nordqvist, who secured her third major triumph by one shot at Carnoustie on Sunday, German Sophia Popov, Spain's Carlota Ciganda, Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark and England's Charley Hull and Georgia Hall.

For the United States, captain Pat Hurst's wildcard picks were Brittany Altomare - who competed in the 2019 Solheim Cup - 20-year-old Yealimi Noh and Mina Hariga, who finished tied for second at last month's Marathon LPGA Classic.

They will join the US team's nine automatic qualifiers.

Tokyo gold medallist Korda, sister Jessica Korda, five-time tour winner Danielle Kang, Ally Ewing, Austin Ernst, 11-time winner Lexi Thompson, Megan Khang, Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas - who finished tied for second in the women's British Open - had already qualified to compete for the US.

"Brittany proved that she's the ultimate team player in 2019," said Hurst of her wildcard picks.

"Mina and Yealimi have played so well over the last two years, and just because they're Solheim Cup rookies on paper doesn't mean they're rookies inside the ropes.

"I have no doubt they'll be great competitors at Inverness."

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