Koch named Solheim captain

Carin Koch has been named captain of the European Solheim Cup team which will attempt to secure a third successive victory against the United States at St Leon-Rot in Germany next year.

The Swede, who earned 11.5 points in four successive Solheim Cups between 2000 and 2005, admits she is 'honoured' to be tasked with the role of following up the successes of Killeen Castle and Colorado.

After twice playing on a winning cup side, Koch was also part of the 2013 victory as a vice-captain to Liselotte Neumann when Europe successfully retained the cup for the first time last August.

Koch, who holed the winning putt at Loch Lomond in 2000, said: "I am extremely delighted and honoured to captain the 2015 Solheim Cup team.

"Being vice-captain to Lotta, I once again experienced the thrill of the Solheim Cup matches which are unlike any other tournament in professional golf.

"I cannot wait to stand with the team on the first tee next September to start our quest for the hat-trick of wins against the US team.

"I look forward to working with the German team at Golf Club St Leon-Rot for the next year-and-a-half to put on the best Solheim Cup ever."


John Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO, said: "I'm very pleased Carin Koch has been chosen as captain of the 2015 European Solheim Cup team.

"Her experience as a player speaks for itself, having won several times around the world. She's been a standout on four Solheim Cup teams while compiling a 10-3-3 record.

"I'll always remember her jubilant reaction after making the cup-clinching putt at Loch Lomond. It captured the spirit of what the event is all about. She'll be a tremendous leader as the European team seeks its third straight victory."

Koch, a winner of four international Ladies Tour events, has previous experience in the role, captaining the European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2009 where she lost out to Nancy Lopez's US team 15.5 - 8.5.

Watch all three days of the Solheim Cup live on Sky Sports from September 18-20, 2015