• Solheim Cup

Inkster named US captain

ESPN staff
March 19, 2014
Juli Inkster holds a 6-1-2 record in Solheim Cup singles © Getty Images

Juli Inkster, the most prolific American in Solheim Cup history, has been selected captain of a team that has lost the last two times to Europe.

Inkster holds the US record for most Solheim Cup appearances (nine) the most points won (18½) and most matches won (15).

The Solheim Cup will be at St Leon-Rot in Germany next September.

"It's not do or die. You're still going to be the same person when get on that plane and fly home, but it will be a lot more enjoyable flight if we have that cup with us," Inkster said.

"It's not rocket science. You just go over there and play some golf, and I think the girls just ... believe me, if they just play the way they should play, we're going to have fun, and we're going to win.

"The Europeans, they're hungry. They always seem to play their best golf as a team during Solheim Cup. And we've just got to find a way to play to match their intensity and match their golf."

Europe won in Ireland in 2011, and then steamrolled the Americans in Colorado last summer for their first ever win in the US.

Inkster is among the most respected players of a career that covers 30 years, 31 victories, seven majors and the career Grand Slam. She was the first woman to win three straight US Women's Amateur titles, and she won two majors as an LPGA rookie in 1984. She last played the Solheim Cup in 2011. Inkster had a 6-1-2 record in singles.

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