LPGA Tour 2017: Solheim Cup players for USA, Europe; TV schedule

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Stacy Lewis lead Team USA against Anna Nordqvist, Carlota Ciganda, Suzann Pettersen and the rest of Team Europe in Solheim Cup 2017 this week in Iowa.


Team USA won two years ago.

Site: West Des Moines, Iowa.
Course: Des Moines Golf & Country Club. Yardage: 6,894. Par: 73.
Purse: None.
Television: Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Golf Channel), 4-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, Noon-4 p.m. (Golf Channel), 4-6 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: United States.
Last time: United States won in Germany, 141/2-131/2.
Notes: Juli Inkster returns as Team USA captain for the second straight time after the Americans rallied to win two years ago. … Inkster won her final major in the 2002 U.S. Women’s Open by closing with a 66 at Prairie Dunes to beat Annika Sorenstam, now Team Europe captain. … Paula Creamer received a spot on the team when injured Jessica Korda withdrew. Creamer has played in every Solheim Cup since her rookie year as a teenager in 2005. … Europe won the last time the Solheim Cup was played in the U.S., a resounding 8-point victory at Colorado Golf Club. … The Americans lead the series, 9-5. … Anna Nordqvist, a captain’s pick, is the highest-ranked European on the team at No. 13. … Four players from Europe are making their Solheim Cup debut. The Americans have three rookies. … Twelve of the top 15 players in the world ranking are not eligible for the American or European teams.
Next week: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
Online: www.lpga.com and www.ladieseuropeantour.com and www.solheimcup.com

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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