Juli Inkster has used her two Solheim Cup captain's picks on Stacy Lewis and Morgan Pressel to bring experience to an American team so young that eight of the 12 players have never competed in the tournament away from home.
"I think they can bring a little calming factor to our team," Inkster said in a conference call from New York.
Qualifying ended Sunday after the Canadian Women's Open.
Of the 10 players who earned automatic spots on the US team – through Solheim Cup points or from the women's world ranking – five are Solheim Cup rookies and three have never played matches away from home.
The Solheim Cup is from September 13-15 at Gleneagles in Scotland, the course where Europe won the Ryder Cup five years ago.
Lewis, the last American to reach No.1 in the world, will be playing in her fifth Solheim Cup. The two-time major champion won her last tournament two years ago. She missed the second half of last year to have her first child.
RIGHT: Inkster will captain the American team for the third straight time. PHOTO: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images.
Pressel has played on five Solheim Cup teams dating to 2007, the year she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship at 18 to become at the time the youngest woman to win a major championship. Pressel has lost only once in five singles matches in the Solheim Cup.
Inkster is captain for the third straight time, and she will have a chance to become the only captain with three victories since the Solheim Cup began in 1990.
Missing from the US team is Cristie Kerr, who had played on nine consecutive Solheim Cup teams dating to 2002. Brittany Lincicome is on maternity leave, while Michelle Wie is recovering from injuries that have hampered her career.
The qualifiers were Lexi Thompson, Danielle Kang, Jessica and Nelly Korda, Lizette Salas, Angel Yin, Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Annie Park and Megan Khang.
- Doug Ferguson, Associated Press