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Robert Trent Jones Golf Club looks ahead to the 2024 Solheim Cup

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Megan Khang missed the cut at last weekend’s Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club but remained in the area anyway, turning her attention to Monday’s 2024 Solheim Cup kickoff event at Robert Trent Jones. Golf Club in Gainesville.

The event, roughly 35 miles from where Khang had spent Thursday and Friday trying to get to the third Grand Slam weekend of the season, gave Khang, teammate Austin Ernst and captain Stacy Lewis the opportunity to tour the property more than two years before the event. next Solheim Cup on American soil.

The Solheim Cup will be held in 2023 at Finca Cortesin in Andalusia, Spain, and then a year later in the DC area after officials announced that the biennial matchup between the United States and Europe would be moved to even-numbered years so that it would not in conflict with the men’s Ryder Cup, which is played in odd-numbered years.

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This will be the second time the Solheim Cup has been played in consecutive years after 2002 at the Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota, and 2003 at the Barseback Golf Club in Sweden.

“Our capital is an hour away,” Khang said of the Solheim Cup’s first appearance in this market. “It just hits close to home. This means much more, like we’re doing it right here, right where the capital is, right where everything sinks.”

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Khang, 24, was part of last year’s US team that lost to Europe for the second straight time, 15-13, at Inverness in Toledo. Europe also won in 2019, 14½-13½, when Suzann Pettersen hit a two-meter putt in the final game of the weekend for the deciding points at Gleneagles, Scotland.

“That week, you just need to putt,” said Ernst, 30, a three-time LPGA Tour winner who represented the United States in 2017 and last year. “Normally the team that wins makes more putts. Last year we didn’t do that, but like Megan said, it’s been close and we’ve got a great girl group over the last couple of years.”

Lewis, 37, a four-time member of Team USA and last year’s assistant to captain Pat Hurst, is tasked with putting together a roster with the ideal mix of skill and chemistry. The youngest US captain in Solheim Cup history and a two-time Grand Slam champion with 13 LPGA Tour wins, Lewis may need to decide whether to include herself as captain on the team. of 12 members. She is ranked 13th on the US Solheim Cup points list, with the top seven earning automatic berths. The next two places are awarded to the highest ranked players who have not qualified by points.

The final three slots are chosen by the captain, and Lewis got to see the talent pool at the Women’s PGA Championship. On the Monday before the tournament, Lewis held a dinner at a Bethesda restaurant for 20 potential players, at which she outlined her vision for the team.

Among those in attendance was World No. 6 Lexi Thompson, who in the final round of Sunday’s PGA Women’s Championship failed to preserve a two-shot lead with three holes to play and finished tied for second behind winner from thread to thread. In Gee Chun from South Korea.

Adding to the disappointment, Thompson was informed after the round that she had been fined for slow play as part of the final trio that took 5 hours and 45 minutes to complete 18 holes.

Thompson is first in Solheim Cup points and, barring an injury, she’s pretty much assured to make her sixth team.

“I know how hard it is for him to putt,” Lewis said. “It was hard to watch for everyone, whether you know her or not. She is so good at hitting the ball that the putt draws a lot of attention. I think that’s the hardest thing for her. I think she’s going to figure it out. There is too much talent there.”

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