Saturday 21 October 2017

Jones unveils top stars for Solheim

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US Solheim Cup captain Rosie Jones will challenge Europe at Killeen Castle from September 23-25 with a star-studded team, WRITES LIAM KELLY.

Jones had two picks to make, and chose Vicky Hurst, 11th in the US Solheim rankings, and LPGA Tour rookie Ryann O'Toole, who was 18th in the list.

The top 10 automatic qualifiers after a process that began in August 2009 are: Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel, Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, Juli Inkster, and Christina Kim.

Stacy Lewis, who played in the recent Ladies Irish Open at Killeen Castle, is the only automatic qualifier not to have played for the USA in 2009.

"This has been an extremely exciting and difficult selection process," said Jones. "I've been tracking these players for more than two years and I feel we have built a fantastic team.

"Vicky and Ryann are two really solid players who will complement our team as we now focus on our strategy and performance next month."

Julie Inkster (51) becomes the oldest player to participate in the Solheim Cup. She will also be the first player/assistant captain for the US or Europe in the event's history.

America leads the Solheim series 8-3. European captain Alison Nicholas will name her team next Monday in Dublin.

USA solheim cup Team -- Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel, Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, Juli Inkster, Christina Kim, Vicky Hurst, Ryann O'Toole.

Paul McGinley has a chance to further his claims for the Ryder Cup captaincy in 2014 after being put in charge of the Great Britain and Ireland team again for the Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris from September 15-18.

The 44-year-old Dubliner, who led the side to victory on the same Saint-Nom-la-Breteche course two years ago, will be up against a Continental Europe team captained this time by Jean van de Velde.

In 2009 it was Thomas Bjorn in charge, but after winning the Qatar Masters earlier this season the Dane is set to return to a playing role.

motorsport

Formula one bosses are to ban the use of the DRS overtaking device at the famous Eau Rouge corner at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

Governing body the FIA is concerned that using the device in the flat-out 180mph section could be a safety risk.

The DRS device, which increases top speed by reducing cars' downforce by about 10pc, is mainly used on straights. Race director Charlie Whiting is worried its use on bends could increase the chances of a major crash.

DRS use is limited in races, when drivers can only deploy it on a designated straight if they are less than one second behind the car in front.

Irish Independent

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