Melissa Reid earns Solheim Cup spot

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• Melissa Reid one of four automatic qualifiers for the Solheim Cup
• Dislodged Anna Nordqvist with fifth-placed finish in the Czech Republic
• "She knew what she had to do and went out and did it," said captain Koch


Melissa Reid has earned one of the four automatic qualifying spots for the 2015 Solheim Cup after dislodging Anna Nordqvist with a fifth-placed finish at the Tipsport Masters in the Czech Republic.

Coached by bunkered tuition panel member Kevin Craggs, Reid, 27, will be making her second Team Europe appearance at Golf Club St Leon-Rot in Germany next month, and her qualification is just rewards for an excellent season on the Ladies European Tour.

Reid grabbed her first LET win in almost three years at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open in May, which she led from start to finish, and drew praise from European captain Carin Koch for her performance in the Czech Republic.
"She knew what she had to do and she went out and did it" - Carin Koch

“I’m very impressed by Melissa’s performance,” said Koch. “She knew what she had to do and she went out and did it. It’s a lot of pressure, knowing that you have to perform and it’s one of the toughest things in golf.”

Coach Craggs also tweeted his delight at Reid’s selection, saying:

Craggs tweet

Also qualifying automatically from the Ladies European Tour points list are Suzann Pettersen from Norway, Gwladys Nocera from France and England’s Charley Hull

Pettersen, 34, who will be making her eighth Solheim Cup appearance having claimed her 21st career title in Canada in June, while Nocera, 40, will be playing in her fourth Solheim Cup. She earned her 14th Ladies European Tour title in Morocco in March.


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Hull, 19, will be playing in her second Solheim Cup having been the youngest ever participant on the successful European team in Colorado. She earned her first Ladies European Tour title last year in Morocco.

Koch added: “It’s great to have four strong and experienced players that have already qualified so I’m really, really excited to see the team shaping up.”

On Tuesday, August 25, captain Koch will complete her line-up to take on the United States from September 18-20 when she names the next four automatic qualifiers from the Rolex Women’s World Rankings and her four wildcards, during the live ‘Sportswomen’ television show on Sky Sports News in the UK and Ireland from 11.30 BST.

Melissa Reid :: Solheim Cup qualifier

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