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September 1, 2007

On and Off the Course: Injuries, recoveries and Solheim Cup

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She withdrew from the Ginn Open in mid-April after feeling shooting pains down her right arm and numbness in her thumb. She consulted with a neurologist but didn’t have surgery because she would have missed the rest of the season. Instead, she went through intensive rehab with a physical therapist to restore mobility in her neck. Several times a day she’d use a cervical traction unit with a hand-held pump to create space between the vertebrae and take pressure off the offending disk.

She made it back to the tour in seven weeks, in time to play in her own tournament, the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika, in early June. She will lead the European team in the Solheim Cup in her homeland of Sweden, in a couple of weeks.

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n U.S. Solheim Team announced — After the LPGA’s State Farm Classic in Springfield, Illinois, completed last weekend, the United State’s Solheim Cup captain, Betsy King, announced her team members for the upcoming bi-annual event to be held Sept. 14-16 at Halmstad Golf klubb in Halmstad, Sweden. The automatic team qualifiers, in order of the points standings, are 1) Paula Creamer, 2) Cristie Kerr, 3) Morgan Pressel, 4) Julie Inkster, 5) Stacy Prammanasudh, 6) Pat Hurst, 7) Natalie Gulbis, 8) Brittany Lincicome 9) Angela Stanford, and 10) Sherri Steinhauer. The two captain’s picks are Nicole Castrale and Laura Diaz, who finished 11th and 14th respectively, round out the team.

For the European side, team captain Helen Alfredsson had three captain’s picks to go with nine automatic qualifiers, and two of the three are from Sweden, giving the fans multiple choices of players to cheer (very loudly) for! The qualifiers (and their country of origin) are: Gwladys Nocera (France), Trish Johnson (England), Bettina Hauert (Germany), Laura Davies (England), Becky Brewerton (Wales), Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Catriona Matthew (Scotland), and Sophie Gustafson (Sweden). The three captain’s picks are Maria Hjorth (Sweden), Iben Tinning (Denmark), and Linda Wessberg (Sweden). After the drubbing Paula Creamer gave Laura Davies at the last Solheim Cup at Crooked Stick, she’s a marked woman over in Sweden. She’s got the game to hold her own though, if she doesn’t allow the crowd noise to get to her! This is a strong United States team with very talented youngsters and some strong veterans that will be able to keep them spirited yet well-grounded. It should be a great Solheim Cup match-up.

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