The U.S. rookies won't be Solheim Cup rookies for long.
Captain Juli Inkster will send out five of her six first-timers on Friday morning for the opening-session foursomes in Gleneagles, Scotland. She plans to use all six before Sunday's singles matches.
"I really wanted to get my rookies out there in the morning and get them playing," Inkster said Thursday.
The Americans' six rookies are the most since the inaugural Solheim competition in 1990. Their European counterparts feature three rookies on this weekend's roster.
"I feel like we've got some pretty good rookie alternate-shot players, so we'll see how they do," Inkster said.
Morgan Pressel, in her sixth Solheim, and rookie Marina Alex lead things off for the U.S. on Friday against Carlota Ciganda and Bronte Law.
Lexi Thompson, in her fourth Solheim, pairs with rookie Brittany Altomare in match No. 2 against Europe's Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall.
The third match pits American sisters Nelly (a rookie) Korda and Jessica Korda against Caroline Masson and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.
The final foursome features Team USA rookies Megan Khang and Annie Park against veterans Charley Hull and Azahara Munoz.
"I really don't see any weak links on our side," European captain Catriona Matthew said.
The teams will play four fourball (better-ball) matches in the afternoon Friday.
--Field Level Media