September 8, 2019
Considered by many to have one of the best swings in golf, Ann van Dam will be bringing her silky smooth action to Gleneagles when she makes her Solheim Cup debut.
The Dutchwoman, who turned professional in 2015, enjoyed a breakthrough year on the Ladies European Tour (LET) in 2018, winning twice and finishing second on the Order of Merit.
Her place in Catriona Matthew’s European side never seemed in doubt as she continued to impress in 2019, securing her berth by finishing second on the points list to qualify automatically.
Van Dam’s arrival on the Solheim Cup stage will fulfil a destiny that appeared to be mapped out for her ever since she played in the junior version in 2013.
After turning professional two years later, she began playing on the LET Access Series and the LET and enjoyed immediate success by winning the HLP Golf Academy Open on the former.
She continued to play on both tours in 2016 and clinched her second LETAS title at the CitizenGuard LETAS Trophy, coming from behind to win by three shots.
Her first LET triumph followed a year later at the Xiamen International Ladies Open in China, where she outlasted local favourite Yuting Shi in a thrilling final-round duel to win by one.
Van Dam focused her energy more on the LET in 2017 and finished fifth on the Order of Merit, but it was the following year when she really began to make waves as a professional.
Playing on both the LET and the Symetra Tour, Van Dam won twice on the former at the Estrella Damm Ladies Open and Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De España Femenino.
Her impressive form on the LET saw her finish second on the Order of Merit, while she ended the year by earning her LPGA Tour card for 2019 by coming through LPGA Q-Series.
Further success came on the LET this year when she won her fourth title at the ActewAGL Canberra Classic, ensuring her spot on the European team at The Solheim Cup as a result.
And with a tied sixth finish at the Ladies Scottish Open under her belt more recently, Van Dam appears to be primed and ready to deliver on the biggest stage of them all at Gleneagles.