Twelve top junior girls selected to U.S Junior Solheim Cup for next month's matches

Renee Powell will captain a team of America's top 12 junior girls at next month's Junior Solheim Cup.

Twelve top junior girls selected to U.S Junior Solheim Cup for next month's matches

The 12-woman U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team has been revealed. The team of the best junior girls in the country will compete against their counterparts from Europe at Sylvania Country Club in Toledo, Ohio, on Sept. 1-2. The Solheim Cup will take place at nearby Inverness Club on September 4-6.

The Solheim – and Junior Solheim – Cups were originally to be played in 2020 but were pushed back to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Junior Solheim Cup would have been played within a month of the Junior Ryder Cup but that event was canceled because of the ongoing pandemic. The European Junior Ryder Cup team will not travel to the U.S., resulting in the shortening of the Junior Ryder Cup to an early-week exhibition match for U.S. players selected to the team.

That, perhaps, make selection to the Junior Solheim Cup all the sweeter.

Ten of the 12 players on the team were selected through rankings.

The following players earned their spot through the Rolex AJGA Rankings:

  • Anna Davis of Spring Valley, California
  • Yana Wilson of Henderson, Nevada
  • Avery Zweig of McKinney, Texas
  • Kaitlyn Schroeder of Jacksonville, Florida
  • Catherine Rao of Camarillo, California

These players earned their spot the through Junior Girls Rankings:

  • Megha Ganne of Holmdel, New Jersey
  • Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida
  • Bailey Shoemaker of West Edmeston, New York
  • Amari Avery of Riverside, California
  • Kelly Xu of Claremont, California
The final two captain’s picks were Katie Li of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and Sara Im of Duluth, Georgia.
The resumes are stout. Ganne is the highest-ranked player in Golfweek’s rankings, currently checking in at No. 2 after an early-summer stretch during which she was No. 1. That overlapped her head-turning performance at the U.S. Women’s Open, where she finished 14th and was the low amateur.
Davis recently won the Girls Junior PGA Championship. Four players (Schroeder, Wilson, Shoemaker and Li) were quarterfinalists at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.
Of the 12 players selected, only Pano has experience from the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup, won by the United States team in Scotland.
LPGA legend Renee Powell will captain the 2021 United States team.
“I am thrilled that we have 12 outstanding players now named to our 2021 USA PING Junior Solheim Cup Team. It is hard to believe that it was September of 2020 when I accepted the invitation from John Solheim to be the Captain of the USA Team. Like myself, I am sure every single player on our team is proud to be a part of representing our country and putting out 150%,” Powell said. “Looking forward to our many supporters being in Toledo, Ohio on September 1 and 2 to cheer our USA Team to victory.”
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WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational odds, picks and PGA Tour predictions

We look at the 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions to win.

WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational odds, picks and PGA Tour predictions

TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, once again hosts this week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. An elite field of 66 is in attendance as Justin Thomas tries to defend his 2020 win. Below, we look at the 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions to win.

Xander Schauffele is one of many in the field making the long trek back from the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He won gold but is still looking for his first PGA Tour win since Jan. 2019.

Jon Rahm, ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings, is the most notable absence among the eligible golfers this week. This is the second-to-last week before the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs with a weaker, alternate field participating in the Barracuda Championship.

2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational picks – Favorite

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds a full list. Lines last updated Tuesday at 9:35 a.m. ET.

Brooks Koepka (+1100)

Koepka, back to No. 47 in the Golfweek rankings, won this event at TPC Southwind in 2019 and tied for second last year. He led last year’s field with 2.11 Strokes Gained: Approach per round but struggled on the greens and lost 0.68 strokes per round with the flat stick. He’s fifth in this field with 2.17 strokes gained per round over 28 career rounds at TPC Southwind.

Koepka has rung up three straight finishes of T-6 or better at the U.S. Open, Travelers Championship and British Open and has a total of six top-10 finishes through 12 events in 2021. Three of those were in the year’s final three majors and another was against an elite field at the WGC-Workday Championship in February.

Additionally, Koepka is one of the top players who didn’t need to make the long trip back from Tokyo and has had two weeks off since the British Open.

2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational picks – Contender

Will Zalatoris (+4900)

Zalatoris is sixth among qualified golfers in SG: Approach for the season ahead of his professional debut at TPC Southwind. His putting and short game have been weaknesses of late, but he’s well-rested after a withdrawal from the British Open due to injury and a couple of weeks off.

Zalatoris is likely to be one of the most motivated golfers in the field as he still needs a win either this week or next to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs despite four top-10 finishes this year.

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2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational picks – Long shot

Kevin Kisner (+9900)

Kisner has averaged 0.95 strokes gained on the field over 20 career rounds at TPC Southwind, including a T-25 finish with 2.02 SG: Putting per round last year.

He also has a 2015 win and a 2020 runner-up finish at the RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club. While those events both had considerably weaker fields, the venues are highly comparable with both putting an emphasis on the approach game and play around the greens.

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