Ryann O'Toole

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(Courtesy Ryann O'Toole/used with permission)


Ryann O'Toole was Team USA Captain Rosie Jones' other captain's pick for the 2011 Solheim Cup (Vicky Hurst was the first). And that seemed to surprise a lot of observers.

That surprise is understandable; after all, how many golfers in the previous history of the Solheim Cup were chosen for one of the teams after just seven LPGA starts? None.

But I love the pick, and think it entirely justified. I feel bad for those golfers passed over, but think of it this way: Those other candidates had two years to make their cases, and didn't get it done. Sure, Ryann has only seven LPGA starts in her rookie season, but she did make her case to Rosie Jones.

Ryann's selection came on the same day as her best finish to date in an LPGA tournament, a tie for fifth at the Safeway Classic. Her previous Top 10 this year was at the U.S. Women's Open.

O'Toole is a tough, spirited, intense competitor who should thrive in the Solheim Cup cauldron.

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