Solheim Cup 2019 Teams: Full Team USA and Team Europe Rosters

One of the greatest events in the golfing calendar gets underway on Friday, as Team USA and Team Europe resume their biennial rivalry in the Solheim Cup.

A tournament always dripping with narratives, the 2019 instalment of the Solheim Cup carries with it new layers of intrigue.

Juli Inkster captains Team USA for the third consecutive time, hoping to guide the Americans to a third straight triumph but will have to do so with a team containing six rookies.

Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Megan Khang, Ally McDonald, Nelly Korda and Annie Park all make their Solheim Cup debut, while Morgan Pressel, one of the team's two wild cards, is the most experienced player on the roster, with five Solheim Cup caps.

World No. 3 Lexi Thompson makes a fourth consecutive appearance at the Solheim Cup, while Jessica Korda makes her first appearance since her debut in 2013.

Lexi Thompson, Team USA, Solheim Cup
Lexi Thompson of Team USA plays a shot during practice prior to the start of The Solheim Cup at Gleneagles on September 9 in Auchterarder, Scotland. Stuart Franklin/Getty

The world No. 18 missed Team USA's triumph in Des Moines, Iowa, two years ago because of an injury. Her sister Nelly, the world No. 10, will make her Solheim Cup debut this week.

Catriona Matthews, meanwhile, will take charge of Team Europe for the first time, becoming the first Briton to captain the European team since Alison Nicholas in 2011.

Team Europe features only two rookies—France's Celine Boutier and England's Bronte Law, who make up two of the team's four wildcards.

World No. 12 Carlota Ciganda is Team Europe's highest ranked player. The Spaniard was part of the team that won the Solheim Cup in 2013, along with England's Charley Hull, Germany's Caroline Masson and fellow Spaniard Azahara Munoz.

Swedish duo Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall were also part of Team Europe's most recent triumph, as were Norway's Suzann Pettersen and England's Jodie Ewart Shadoff—the remaining two captain's picks.

Solheim Cup rosters

Team USA (numbers in brackets denote tournament record in terms of games won, lost or halved)

  • Juli Inkster—Team Captain
  • Marina Alex—rookie
  • Brittany Altomare—rookie
  • Danielle Kang—one Solheim Cup cap (3-1-0)
  • Megan Khang—rookie
  • Jessica Korda—one Solheim Cup cap (1-2-1)
  • Nelly Korda—rookie
  • Annie Park—rookie
  • Lizette Salas—three Solheim Cup caps (4-4-2)
  • Lexi Thompson—three Solheim Cup caps (5-2-4)
  • Angel Yin—one Solheim Cup cap (1-1-1)

Captain's picks

  • Ally McDonald—rookie
  • Morgan Pressel—five Solheim Cup caps (10-7-2)

Team Europe

  • Catriona Matthews (England)—Team Captain
  • Carlota Ciganda (Spain)—three Solheim Cup caps (5-4-2)
  • Georgia Hall (England)—one Solheim Cup cap (2-3-0)
  • Charley Hull (England)—three Solheim Cup caps (7-3-1)
  • Caroline Hedwall (Sweden)—three Solheim Cup caps (8-4-1)
  • Caroline Masson (Germany)—three Solheim Cup caps (3-6-2)
  • Azahara Munoz (Spain)—three Solheim Cup caps (4-6-1)
  • Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)—five Solheim Cup caps (11-7-2)
  • Anne Van Dam (Holland)—rookie

Captain's picks

  • Celine Boutler (France)—rookie
  • Jodie Ewart Shadoff (England)—two Solheim Cup caps (3-4-0)
  • Bronte Law (England)—rookie
  • Suzann Pettersen (Norway)—eight Solheim Cup caps (16-11-6)
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