Solheim Cup: Charley Hull gets wildcard pick from Europe captain Liselotte Neumann
Last Updated: August 7, 2013 12:04pm
Teenager Charley Hull has been confirmed as one of Liselotte Neumann's wildcard picks for Team Europe at the Solheim Cup later this month.
The 17-year-old rookie has five second-placed finishes from six events this season and will becomes the youngest player in the tournament's history.
Neumann's other three wildcard selections are Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, Giulia Sergas of Italy and another English player in America-based Jodi Ewart-Shadoff.
They join eight automatic qualifiers - Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Carlota Ciganda (Spain), Catriona Matthew (Scotland), Caroline Masson (Germany), Beatriz Recari (Spain), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), Karine Icher (France) and Azahara Munoz (Spain) - for the event at Colorado Golf Club in Parker from August 16-18.
"It's hard to talk to some of the players who are not on the team, that's really the hard part."
The squad features six rookies and five players from the victorious team at Killeen Castle in Ireland two years ago, but there is no place for the most experienced player in Solheim Cup history, Laura Davies, who revealed last week that she already knew she would not be receiving a wildcard.
Neumann said: "It's always difficult when you come down to this. It's hard to talk to some of the players who are not on the team, that's really the hard part.
"On the other hand I am super excited about the four picks that I made. They are very happy and our team is happy. I am very confident at this moment.
"I feel that Charley is playing fearless golf. You look at her stats, she shoots in the 60s about 30% of the time which is pretty good, she has finished runner-up five times on the European Tour, she's a strong player and she brings to our team what we are looking for.
"She has a lot of energy, she's a long hitter which is going to be great for Colorado. It's quite generous off the tees and we are playing up at altitude and the ball will fly. I think she can bring a lot of great things for our team and I am very excited about her.
"It's been so difficult for us every time we have been over there. The crowds are hard. If this team can mentally prepare for this, I really believe this team can do it."