Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining us here at the Home of Golf in St. Andrews, Scotland for one of the most exciting days of the year, the finalising of the European and United States Solheim Cup Team for 2013.
The two‑year long quest to be at Colorado Golf Club has ended here today on the Old Course at St. Andrews, and we would like to congratulate Stacy Lewis on winning The Ricoh Women's British Open here today.
It's my pleasure to introduce the captains to you central to today's proceedings. We are delighted to have European Solheim Cup Captain, Liselotte Neumann and United States Captain, Meg Mallon.
I'll hand it over to Meg to announce the ten players who qualified for the United States Team.
MEG MALLON: Thanks for being here. On our side, it was a very exciting day; the point changed, the Rolex Rankings changed, so a lot happened in one day for our team.
So like to announce my ten qualifiers: Of course, Stacy Lewis, who may have had a record point total all‑time of Solheim Cups these last two years. Paula Creamer finished second. Cristie Kerr is third. Angela Stanford, fourth. Brittany Lincicome finished fifth. Lexi Thompson, a rookie, finished sixth. Another rookie, Jessica Korda, finished seventh. Brittany Lang, hung on by the skin of her chinny chin chin to finish eighth, and in the Rolex Rankings another rookie, Lizette Salas, and Morgan Pressel.
Now hand it over to Liselotte to announce the eight players who qualified for her European Team.
LISELOTTE NEUMANN: On our points system, Suzann Pettersen, Carlota Ciganda, Catriona Matthew and Caroline Masson. And off the Rolex Ranking, Beatriz Recari, Anna Nordqvist, Karine Icher and Azahara Munoz.
BETHAN CUTLER: Now the excitement builds as Meg will announce her two wildcard picks to complete the United States Team.
MEG MALLON: Okay, on my first pick, I'd like to introduce another rookie on my team, originally from New Mexico, now living in Texas, Gerina Piller.
And my second pick is also a young player, but not a rookie, Michelle Wie.
BETHAN CUTLER: Now over to Liselotte to announce the four picks that will complete The European Team.
LISELOTTE NEUMANN: From England, Jodi Ewart. And from Sweden, Caroline Hedwall. From Italy, Giulia Sergar, and my last pick, from England, Charley Hull.
BETHAN CUTLER: Congratulations to everybody who made the team, and we will now take some questions from the floor.
Q. How difficult was it to make the decisions with your wild cards, the fact that you had four?
LISELOTTE NEUMANN: Yeah, I think having four picks obviously made it really difficult. I'm going to work on changing that I think.
But you know, it was a tough day obviously having to make some of the phone calls and talking to some of the players. But I feel really comfortable and very confident with these four players that I picked. They totally complete our team and I'm super happy about our picks.
Q. Did you have your mind made up up until, maybe a couple of hours ago, did you know exactly your team?
LISELOTTE NEUMANN: Obviously with the play today, we were watching scores and so on. There was a few players that were still on the golf course that could have made a change this week, but I was pretty much looking for players to either win or finish second for anything to really happen on this system or the Rolex ranking.
Q. How big of a challenge is it to try to win in America for the first time?
LISELOTTE NEUMANN: Obviously we've never won over there, so it's obviously a big challenge. You know, I feel like this is really the team that's going to do it for us.
We've got some young girls on here, we've got some rookies, so we've got some big, strong players, and some players that can really hit it, which I think favours. In Colorado, the golf course is quite generous off the tees, and looking for good, long hitters and some girls with great energy, and I think this is the team that's going to do it.
Q. You only had two picks, was it easier for you?
MEG MALLON: Not whatsoever. This was a gut‑wrenching day today. We had so many scenarios just going into today, and so many players played so well. I mean, it's a good problem to have. I had players playing really well, and unfortunately only 12 can make the team. But I'm really, really happy with my picks and my 12 players that I'm bringing to Denver.
Q. Do you think they are strong enough to bring back the trophy?
MEG MALLON: Yeah, incredibly strong. We are playing on all cylinders right now and I'm really excited about it.
Q. How big of a boost have you received today with the fact that Stacy won this afternoon?
MEG MALLON: Yeah, I'm happy for Stacy. Stacy is a friend and I'm just happy ‑‑ I know this is a dream come true for her and I'm just thrilled for her personally.
Q. After what Europe did last time, what do you think you need to do this time maybe different to two years ago?
MEG MALLON: Just win two more points (laughter).
You know, every Solheim Cup is so close, and it's an exciting event, and Ireland was just an unbelievable event, and I had some players on the team that are highly motivated. They didn't like that taste in their mouth and they are ready to get back.
Q. Charley, someone who is pretty young, start of your career, what does it mean to you to be picked?
CHARLEY HULL: It's an honor. It's funny, because I played in junior Solheim Cup last time and Liselotte was my captain then, so it's pretty cool.
Q. What was your reaction when you heard?
CHARLEY HULL: I just smiled, but I was like keeping cool about it though (laughter).
Q. You've got a lot of experienced teammates, as well, is that going to help you do you think?
CHARLEY HULL: Yeah, I hope so. Just keep on trying to play like I did this year.
Q. Can you explain why you picked Charley? She's very young but clearly she's shown great form this year.
LISELOTTE NEUMANN: She's had a great year and she has five second finishes on Tour. She shoots in the 60s about 30 per cent of the time. I find her energetic, fearless and I think she's just a great competitor. I met her two years ago, as she said, on the Junior team and, I feel she's a great addition to our team.
Q. There was speculation you might have picked Laura Davies who has played in every Solheim Cup, and she said earlier in the week they wasn't going to be picked. Did you speak to her and was that a difficult decision for you?
LISELOTTE NEUMANN: I spoke to her yesterday, and she knew and she said that: You know, I haven't played well enough. I tried but I haven't performed well enough, and I just wish you and the team the best of luck and just go get 'em, you can do it in Colorado."
Q. What was your thinking behind the two players you picked, especially Michelle, the fact that she has experience, was that important to you in?
MEG MALLON: Absolutely, Michelle to me was a no‑brainer, with her experience, she can handle the big stage. She's played well in Solheim Cups, and I just really believe in Michelle Wie, and am excited for her to be coming to Colorado.