Golf: Davies, Nordqvist, Martens named Team Europe vice-captains

(From left) Laura Davies, Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Martens were named vice-captains for Team Europe. PHOTOS: REUTERS, AFP, CAROLINEMARTENS/INSTAGRAM

(REUTERS) - Team Europe captain Suzann Pettersen on Tuesday (Aug 16) named Laura Davies, Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Martens as vice-captains to face the United States next year when the Solheim Cup is held in Spain.

Davies and Nordqvist are veterans of the biennial women's team event, having made 12 and seven appearances in the competition respectively.

This will be Davies' third straight stint as vice-captain.

"I'm excited for what Caroline, Anna and Laura can bring to Team Europe as we look to defend the Cup on Spanish soil in the Costa del Sol," Pettersen said.

"With all three of them by my side, I couldn't ask for anything better and I'm certain that they will be great for our team."

Team US will be led by captain Stacy Lewis, with Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis named assistant captains.

The Solheim Cup will be played from Sept 22 to 24 next year at Finca Cortesin. Europe edged out the United States at Inverness Club in Ohio last September to retain the trophy.

The Americans lead the overall series 10-7.

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