After a qualifying period lasting almost two years, nine of the 12 players for Stacy Lewis’ Solheim Cup team were confirmed after the CPKC Women’s Open, with the three wildcards named the next day.
Some of the biggest names in the world have made the team, with the likes of Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson and Danielle Kang providing invaluable experience, and players including Lilia Vu, Rose Zhang and Allisen Corpuz hoping to bring some outstanding form into their maiden appearances.
For others, though, a place on the 2023 team was a bridge too far. Here are some of the biggest names who missed out on a place in the team.
Lee fell three places short of an automatic qualifying position via the Solheim Cup points list, while, at 43rd, she stood 12 places behind Rose Zhang in the final qualification place in the world rankings. That meant she was relying on a wildcard to make her second Solheim Cup appearance.
Two of Lewis’s captain’s picks – Angel Yin and Cheyenne Knight – finished beneath Lee in the points list, but she didn’t quite do enough to get the nod, despite finishes of T9 in her last two starts, the Freed Group Women’s Scottish Open and AIG Women’s Open.
Lee made her Solheim Cup debut in 2015, finishing with a disappointing 1-3-0 record as Team USA defeated the Europeans in Germany, but she’ll need to wait at least another year to get a chance to improve it.
In 2011, O’Toole impressed at the Solheim Cup despite Team USA’s loss, with an undefeated record of 2-0-2. The chance to build on that has proved elusive ever since, though, and the 36-year-old will once again miss out in 2023.
There were several high points for O’Toole over the qualifying period, including four top-10 finishes, but overall her form has been inconsistent. As a result, it wasn’t enough to propel her into the top seven of the points list needed to qualify automatically.
With O’Toole standing too far down the world rankings to qualify via that route, a…