Korda heads US qualifiers for Solheim Cup

World No. 1 Korda headed the list of nine automatic qualifiers who will represent the United States against Team Europe in the upcoming Solheim Cup in Toledo, Ohio.

Korda, the Olympic gold medalist, will be joined by Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson and older sister Jessica Korda.   -  AP

World No. 1 Nelly Korda headed the list of nine automatic qualifiers who will represent the United States against Team Europe in the upcoming Solheim Cup in Toledo, Ohio.

Korda, the Olympic gold medalist, will be joined by Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson and older sister Jessica Korda. The other qualifiers are Ally Ewing, Austin Ernst, Lizette Salas, Jennifer Kupcho and Megan Khang.

The final three players for the September 4-6 event will be named to the team Monday via picks by captain Pat Hurst.

"The last two years have been so long and I'm so happy to finally know who be on Team USA in Toledo," Hurst said in a news release.

"This is an incredibly talented group of players, with so much crucial experience to lean on as we work to win back the Cup. I'm excited for the opportunity to lead this team and can't wait to finally get to Inverness."

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist landed one of six automatic spots on Team Europe by winning the Women's Open at Carnoustie on Sunday. The victory elevated Nordqvist from No. 54 to No. 16 in the World, giving her a spot on Team Europe for the seventh time.

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Joining Nordqvist are Denmark's Emily Kristine Pedersen, England's Georgia Hall and Charley Hull, Germany's Sophia Popov and Spain's Carlota Ciganda.

Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew will fill out the team with six selections on Monday.

"I'm really happy with my team right now for the 2021 Solheim Cup," Matthew said in a news release announcing the European automatic qualifiers.

"Congratulations to Anna on her AIG Women's Open win and securing a qualified spot on the team. There is plenty of experience there and it is great to have Sophia representing Europe for the first time."

The Solheim Cup is held every two years. Team USA holds a 10-6 series lead, but Team Europe prevailed 14.5 to 13.5 in the 2019 meeting in Scotland.

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