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The European team, led by Annika Sorenstam, is ready to begin its quest to regain the Solheim Cup at Des Moines Golf Club, in Iowa. We take a closer look at the squad.

Karine Icher (France)

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Age: 38

World Ranking: 42

Karine Icher, who plies her trade on the other side of the Atlantic, is currently the fourth top-ranked player in Annika’s line-up on the LPGA Tour this season, and has represented Europe on three previous occasions at the Solheim Cup.

Carlota Ciganda (Spain)

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Age: 27

World Ranking: 20

Among the most charismatic players in the squad, Ciganda picked up both of her two LPGA victories in 2016. Citing Sergio Garcia as her golfing hero, the Spaniard has finished in the top-5 at both of her starts on the Ladies European Tour this season.

Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)

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Age: 30

World Ranking: 13

The highest ranked player on the European squad, the Swede required a captain’s pick after failing to play in the required number of qualifying events after contracting glandular fever. This will be her fifth Solheim Cup appearance.

Charley Hull (England)

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Age: 22

World Ranking: 25

Hull shot into the limelight with an impressive performance as a seventeen-year-old in Colorado four years ago, where she thrashed Paula Creamer before going on to ask for her autograph. Her first LPGA title came in 2016.

Georgia Hall (England)

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Age: 21

World Ranking: 44

The youngest player on the team, Hall will be making her rookie appearance after topping the LET Solheim Cup points list. She finished tied-3rd at the Ricoh Women’s British Open this August, and is a keen Bournemouth FC supporter.

Florentyna Parker (England)

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Age: 28

World Ranking: 106

Florentyna Parker is another rookie on Team Europe this year. She has three Ladies European Tour wins to her name, including one at the 2017 Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open. She was born and raised in Germany.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff (England)

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Age: 29

World Ranking: 28

Ewart Shadoff is enjoying the best season of her career, with 3 top-ten finishes on the LPGA, including a 2nd place at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, her highest ever finish at a major championship. She returns to the squad having last played in 2013.

Mel Reid (England)

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Age: 29

World Ranking: 97

This will be Mel Reid's third Solheim appearance and she will be hoping to pick up where she left off, having been unbeaten in 2015. A rookie this season on the LPGA Tour, Reid picked up a victory on the LET at the Oates Victorian Open in January.

Caroline Masson (Germany)

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Age: 28

World Ranking: 49

The German was one of Annika’s four wildcard picks, and earned her way onto the squad with two top-ten finishes in the final two qualifying events in Scotland. This will be her third Solheim Cup appearance.

Emily Pedersen (Denmark)

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Age: 21

World Ranking: 115

The Dane has enjoyed a steady rookie season and is yet to miss a cut on the LPGA. Her best finish this season is a T13 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, although she has won on the Ladies European Tour back in 2015 at the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Madelene Sagstrom (Sweden)

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Age: 24

World Ranking: 70

The Swede won a battlefield promotion last year onto the LPGA after winning three times on the Symetra Tour. She has recorded two top ten finishes this year on the LPGA, including a T4 at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

 Catriona Matthew

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Age: 47

World Ranking: 97

The Scot is a late edition to the squad having replaced the injured Suzann Pettersen. 

This will be Matthew’s ninth Solheim Cup appearance. She has earned 19 points from 33 matches, played from 1998-2015 and was a member of three winning teams in 2003, 2011 and 2013.

She famously holed the winning putt in The 2003 Solheim Cup at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club in Sweden and secured the half point to win the Cup outright and seal Europe’s first away victory at Colorado Golf Club in 2013.

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