Europe captain Koch names four Solheim wildcards

Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:23am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe captain Carin Koch has named Karine Icher, Caroline Hedwall, Caroline Masson and Catriona Matthew as her four wildcard picks for next month's Solheim Cup against the United States.

Frenchwoman Icher, Swede Hedwall, German Masson and Scot Matthew join Suzann Pettersen, Gwladys Nocera, Charley Hull, Melissa Reid, Anna Nordqvist, Azahara Munoz, Sandra Gal and Carlota Ciganda in Koch's 12-strong team.

Europe will attempt to win the biennial team event, the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup, for the third straight time at the St Leon-Rot Golf Club in Heidelberg, Germany from Sept. 18-20.

"We’ve got a great mixture of youth and experience which really excites me as captain," Swede Koch said in a news release on Tuesday. "Each of our players has a role to play and I have a team of stars.

"Now the team is finalised we can all have full focus for the week in Germany and I can’t wait to see the players together at St Leon-Rot."

Icher, Hedwall, Masson and Matthew were all involved when Europe scored an 18-10 victory over the U.S. in Colorado two years ago.

Hedwall, who was also a member of the triumphant 2011 team, rewrote the history books in Colorado when she became the first player to win five out of five matches.

She also claimed the 14th point that retained the trophy for Europe.   Continued...

Carin Koch of Sweden lines up her shot on the 8th hole during the first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters December 10, 2014.
 REUTERS/Caren Firouz