US Finalizes 12-member Team for 2023 Solheim Cup

US Finalizes 12-member Team for 2023 Solheim Cup
Lilia Vu lines up her putt on the sixth green during the second round of the CPKC Women's Open golf tournament at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Aug. 25, 2023. (Bob Frid/USA TODAY Sports via Field Level Media)
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World No. 1 Lilia Vu and No. 2 Nelly Korda anchor the 2023 U.S. Solheim Cup team announced on Monday.

Stacy Lewis will captain the 12-member squad against Team Europe in Andalucia, Spain, from Sept. 22–24.

The team includes the top seven golfers in the U.S. Solheim Cup standings, with Allisen Corpuz, Megan Khang, Jennifer Kupcho, Danielle Kang and Andrea Lee joining Vu and Korda.

Lexi Thompson and LPGA Tour rookie Rose Zhang also made the squad as the two highest Americans in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings who were not in the top seven.

Lewis rounded out the team with three captain’s picks, selecting Ally Ewing, Cheyenne Knight and Angel Yin to join next month’s action at Finca Cortesin.

“These final days were definitely some of the hardest ones of my career, but I’m so proud to have Ally, Cheyenne and Angel on the 2023 U.S. Solheim Cup team,” Lewis said. “These three women earned their spots on this team, putting themselves into contention both with their play on the course and their teamwork off the course. Over the last year and a half, I’ve gotten to know all the U.S. players incredibly well and I’m honored to be their captain. We are going to have an incredible week at Finca Cortesin.”

This is Thompson’s sixth appearance in the Solheim Cup. Kang will represent the U.S. for the fourth time, with Ewing, Khang, Korda and Yin appearing on their third teams. Kupcho will wear the Stars and Stripes for a second time, while Corpuz, Knight, Lee, Vu and Zhang will play in their first Solheim Cup.

“It’s an honor to be on this team, for me to be with the best players in the world as well as be an athlete that represents her country,” Zhang said. “I can’t wait to go to Spain and tee it up with these amazing girls, and at the same time represent the Red, White and Blue.”

In 2019, Team Europe earned a 14.5–13.5 victory at Gleneagles in Scotland, a breathtaking win that saw Suzann Pettersen knock in the winning putt on the final hole of the final match. The U.S. Team leads the European Team, 10–6, all-time in Solheim Cup competition.