Anne van Dam

Van Dam seals Solheim place at Ladies Scottish Open


Anne Van Dam seals Solheim placeAnne Van Dam seals Solheim placeNetherland’s Anne Van Dam tees off during the AIG Women’s British Open. (Steven Paston/PA Wire)

Holland’s Anne Van Dam will make her Solheim Cup debut next month after sealing her place with a top-10 finish in the ASI Ladies Scottish Open.

The eight automatic qualifiers for Europe’s team to face the United States at Gleneagles were decided on Sunday, five from the world rankings and three from points earned during the qualifying period.

Van Dam began the week in the last of those three places and under threat from up to a dozen players, but made certain of her place thanks to a tie for sixth at The Renaissance Club.

The 23-year-old is joined in the team by Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Carlota Ciganda, Caroline Hedwall, Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson and Anna Nordqvist, with captain Catriona Matthew naming her four wild cards on Monday.

England’s Bronte Law, whose first LPGA Tour victory in May lifted her into the world’s top 25, could not qualify automatically due to not playing enough events on the Ladies European Tour but is firmly expected to be selected by Matthew.

Vice-captain Suzann Pettersen is a surprise contender having played just twice since November 2017 after taking time off to have a baby, while France’s Celine Boutier is in the frame after narrowly failing to qualify following her sixth place in the AIG Women’s British Open.

Others still in the mix include the English trio of Mel Reid, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Meghan MacLaren, as well as Germany’s Esther Henseleit, Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord and Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg.

The United States are seeking a third straight victory in the biennial event and have won 10 of the previous 15 editions. However, Europe have won both times the event has been staged in Scotland, at Dalmahoy in 1992 and Loch Lomond in 2000.

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