LPGA veteran Daniel will captain American squad in 2009

Updated: October 4, 2007, 9:41 PM ET
Associated Press

DANVILLE, Calif. -- Hall of Famer Beth Daniel will captain the U.S. Solheim Cup team for the 2009 matches at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois.

Daniel, a three-time LPGA player of the year and 33-time winner on the tour, assisted Nancy Lopez and Betsy King in the last two matches against Europe.

"This is pretty exciting," Daniel said Thursday at the Longs Drugs Challenge. "I'm a lot more nervous than I thought I was going to be. I'm sitting back there, I'm like, '33 wins, who is that?'

"I'm really excited about this opportunity. I have either participated as a player, a spectator or as an assistant captain in every Solheim Cup, so I've seen every angle of it. It means a lot to me"

The United States will be seeking its third straight victory in 2009. In 2005, Lopez captained the winning side at Crooked Stick in Indianapolis. Last month, King directed the U.S. team at Halmstad in Sweden.

The Americans lead the series 7-3 and have never lost on home soil.

"I think she'll be a great captain," American Pat Hurst said after learning of Daniel's appointment following her round Thursday. "The team in Sweden with her being the assistant was great. She's a Hall of Famer, what more can you say? To play for a Hall of Famer, you can't ask for anything better than that."

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