Solheim Cup 2021: European player profiles

Leona Maguire will become the first Irish golfer to play in the biennial tournament

Automatic qualifiers

Emily Kristine Pedersen (Denmark)

Age: 25
Caps: 1 (2017)
Record: Won 0 Lost 3 Halved 0
Handed a wild card as a 21-year-old rookie in 2017 but suffered an unhappy debut in Des Moines, losing all three matches in Europe's defeat. Won the 2020 Race to Costal del Sol with more than three times the number of points of her nearest challenger.

Georgia Hall (England)

Age: 25
Caps: 2 (2017, 2019)
Record: Won 6 Lost 3 Halved 0
Compiled a 100 per cent record from four matches at Gleneagles last time out, partnering Celine Boutier to three wins and then beating Lexi Thompson in the singles. Won the Women's British Open in 2018 and tied for second in the same event at Carnoustie after also finishing sixth in the Evian Championship in July.

Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)

Age: 34
Caps: 6 (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Record: Won 12 Lost 9 Halved 2
Qualified for her seventh consecutive appearance in style by winning her third major title at the British Women's Open, the final qualifying event. Won just one of her three matches at Gleneagles in 2019, but it was a crucial victory over Morgan Pressel in the last singles.

Sophia Popov (Germany)

Age: 28
Caps: 0
Worked for German television during the 2015 Solheim Cup but now part of the team following her shock victory in the 2020 British Women's Open at Royal Troon when ranked 304th in the world.


Charley Hull (England)

Age: 25
Caps: 4 (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Record: Won 9 Lost 3 Halved 3
Made her debut in the contest as a 17-year-old wild card and was unbeaten at Gleneagles with two wins and two halved matches. Qualified as one of the top four players on the world rankings.

Carlota Ciganda (Spain)

Age: 31
Caps: 4 (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Record: Won 6 Lost 6 Halved 4
One of just two Europeans to play all five matches at Gleneagles, where her only victory came in the opening singles against Danielle Kang.

Wild cards

Leona Maguire (Ireland)

Age: 26
Caps: 0
The first Irish player to contest the Solheim Cup after being rewarded for a superbly consistent season with a wild card. Recorded nine top-15 finishes and closed with a 61 in the Evian Championship to match the lowest score ever shot in a Major.

Mel Reid (England)

Age: 33
Caps: 3 (2011, 2015, 2017)
Record: Won 4 Lost 6 Halved 2
Failed to make the team in 2019 but replaced Suzann Pettersen as an assistant captain when Pettersen was given a wild card. Won her first LPGA Tour title in October 2020 and represented Britain in the Tokyo Olympics.

Celine Boutier (France)

Age: 27
Caps: 1 (2019)
Record: Won 4 Lost 0 Halved 0
Enjoyed a dream debut at Gleneagles with four wins out of four, beating Annie Park in the singles after partnering Georgia Hall to three victories. Has enjoyed a consistent season on the LPGA Tour with one of three consecutive top-10 finishes coming in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Matilda Castren (Finland)

Age: 26
Caps: 0
Became the first Finnish player to win on the LPGA Tour with victory in the Mediheal Championship in June and then won the Gant Ladies Open on home soil the following month, a victory which made her an LET member and eligible for the Solheim Cup.

Madelene Sagstrom (Sweden)

Age: 28
Caps: 1 (2017)
Record: Won 1 Lost 2 Halved 0
Birdied the 17th hole in the final round of the British Women's Open to move into a share of the lead, only to bogey the last and finish a shot behind compatriot Nordqvist. Defeated Austin Ernst in the singles on her debut in 2017.

Nanna Koerstz Madsen (Denmark)

Age: 26
Caps: 0
Double-bogeyed the 72nd hole at Carnoustie when tied for the lead with playing partner and eventual champion Nordqvist, shanking a bunker shot from an awkward lie. Finished tied third in the ANA Inspiration and 15th in the Women's PGA Championship.