Solheim Cup: Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, and Mel Reid to face the US team

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Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, and Mel Reid of England are all part of Europe’s team for the Solheim Cup defense against the United States in September.

Hall and Hull qualified automatically, while Reid was one of Catriona Matthew’s six captain’s picks. 

Leona Maguire of Ireland makes her debut after being chosen by Matthew as well.

“Leona has had an incredible year and exudes grit. She’s a good match player and will be dependable, one of those players who never give up, “Matthew remarked.

Maguire is the first Irishwoman to make the Solheim Cup team. She was a former world amateur number one. The 26-year-old tied for 13th place in the Women’s Open last week.

Matthew’s other captain’s picks are Madelene Sagstrom, Matilda Castren, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, and Celine Boutier.

European champion Anna Nordqvist, who will make her sixth consecutive participation, and last year’s victor, Germany’s Sophia Popov, who will play in her first Solheim Cup, are Europe’s other four automatic qualifiers Ciganda.

Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark, who won the Ladies European Tour last year, and Carlota Ciganda of Spain are also in the field.

Hall, 25, finished second in this year’s Women’s Open and will be competing for the third time, while Hull, like Ciganda, will be competing for the fifth time.

Nelly Korda, world number one, is leading the US challenge in the biennial event, which takes place from September 4-6 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

After winning her maiden major at the Women’s PGA in June and gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games, the 23-year-old is the rising star of the women’s game.

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