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Player profile: Lizette Salas

September 8, 2019

One of only four players with at least three previous Solheim Cup appearances to their name, Lizette Salas will bring significant experience to Juli Inkster’s team at Gleneagles.

The California native is set to represent the Stars and Stripes for a fourth time after securing her spot automatically by finishing fourth on the LPGA points list.

She heads into the biennial transatlantic match play battle in fine form, having finished second at the AIG Women’s British Open and tied third at the CP Women’s Open.

In fact, following a season in which her main frustration will be the number of near-misses she experienced in the Majors, Salas could be key to the USA’s chances in Scotland.

With top-20 finishes in four of the five events, including a tied fifth at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship as well as the runner-up spot at Woburn, it seems like only a matter of time before the 30-year-old breaks her duck.

She made her first appearance in a professional tournament at the U.S. Women’s Open in 2010 before turning professional a year later and competing on the Symetra Tour.

Her rise up the ranks continued after she earned her full LPGA Tour status through Qualifying School in 2011, and she made her Solheim Cup debut in the defeat to Europe in 2013.

While events in Colorado may not have gone her way, with Salas halving two matches and losing one, she went on to win her first professional title in 2014 at the Kingsmill Championship.

A first victory in The Solheim Cup followed in 2015 after qualifying for the team again, beating Spaniard Azahara Muñoz in their singles clash on Sunday to contribute to a USA triumph.

Taking encouragement from her role in America’s remarkable comeback in Germany, Salas then really came into her own in the last edition of The Solheim Cup, winning three points.

She started with a hard-fought victory alongside Danielle Kang against the European pairing of Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson in the Friday morning foursomes.

Later that day, Salas teamed up with Angel Yin in the fourballs and enjoyed another success over Ciganda – this time playing with Emily Kristine Pedersen – securing a dominant 6&5 win.

Even defeat in the Saturday afternoon fourballs could not faze her as she bounced back by securing outright victory for the USA, winning her singles match against Jodi Ewart Shadoff.