Who Are the Youngest Golfers to Play the Solheim Cup?

The youngest golfer ever to play in the Solheim Cup was just 17 years old when she set the record during the 2013 Solheim Cup. And that same year, there was an 18-year-old on the other team who became the second-youngest Solheim Cup player.

Those two golfers were Charley Hull, the overall and Team Europe recordholder for youngest player; and Lexi Thompson, the youngest player ever on Team USA.

Hull was 17 years, 4 months and 25 days old when the 2013 Solheim Cup teed off. She lost her first match, a Day 1 afternoon fourball, but then won the other two matches she played. One of those was a Day 2 afternoon fourball with her young counterpart, Thompson, on the other side. Hull and partner Jodi Ewart Shadoff def. Thompson and Paula Creamer, 2-up. In singles, Hull staged a decisive victory over Creamer, one of Team USA's most successful Solheim Cuppers, by a 5-and-4 score.

In setting the Team USA record as youngest player (second overall to Hull), Thompson was 18 years, 6 months and 6 days old in 2013. She was 1-2-0 in the competition that year, but her record included a 4-and-3 singles victory over Caroline Masson.

The List: Youngest Solheim Cup Golfers

So far in the history of the Solheim Cup, seven golfers younger than 20 have played:
  • Charley Hull, Europe: 17 years, 149 days old at the 2013 Solheim Cup. Had 2-1-0 (wins-losses-ties) match record.
  • Lexi Thompson, USA: 18 years, 187 days old at the 2013 Solheim Cup. Had 1-2-0 record.
  • Angel Yin, USA: 18 years, 319 days old at the 2017 Solheim Cup. Had 1-1-1 record.
  • Paula Creamer, USA: 19 years, 35 days old at the 2005 Solheim Cup. Had 3-1-1 record.
  • Morgan Pressel, USA: 19 years, 114 days old at the 2007 Solheim Cup. Had 1-2-1 record.
  • Charley Hull, Europe: 19 years, 182 days old at the 2015 Solheim Cup. Had 4-1-0 record.
  • Michelle Wie, USA: 19 years, 314 days old at the 2009 Solheim Cup. Had 3-0-1 record.

Hull is the only Team Europe golfer who appears on the list, but she appears twice: She still had not turned 20 when she ran off a 4-1-0 record in the 2015 Solheim Cup. When Hull next played in the 2017 Solheim Cup, she was still, at that time, the fourth-youngest player ever on Team Europe.

None of the youngest-ever Solheim Cup golfers played poorly; in fact, only Thompson had a losing record. Among those under-20s to play, Michelle Wie had the best record, going unbeaten (3-0-1) in the 2009 Solheim Cup. That included a dramatic singles victory over Suzann Pettersen.

See also: Who are the oldest Solheim Cup golfers?

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