Solheim Cup: World number one Lilia Vu among nine qualifiers for US team

Lilia Vu holding the winners trophy following her victory at the Women's Open in August.
Vu has won the Chevron Championship and the Women's Open this year.

World number one Lilia Vu and second-ranked Nelly Korda are among nine automatic qualifiers who will represent the United States at the Solheim Cup next month.

LPGA Tour rookie Rose Zhang, who won the Mizuho Americas Open on her professional debut in June, is also named.

The team, captained by Stacy Lewis, is made up by Allisen Corpuz, Megan Khang, Jennifer Kupcho, Danielle Kang, Andrea Lee and Lexi Thompson, Ally Ewing, Cheyenne Knight and Angel Yin.

"I am so excited to have these nine players on the team," said Lewis.

"The last year has been exciting - and challenging - and to have these players locked in has me pumped for the week in Spain.

"Even the rookies aren't true rookies in my eyes. Over the last two years they have proven to be great competitors and I have no doubt that they won't be overwhelmed by the experience."

Thompson, who is making her sixth appearance at the tournament, and Zhang qualified as the two highest-ranked Americans who were not in the top seven of the country's Solheim Cup standings.

Ewing, Knight and Yin round out the team as Lewis' captain's picks.

"It's an honour to be on this team, for me to be with the best players in the world as well as be an athlete that represents her country," said Zhang.

"I can't wait to go to Spain and tee it up with these amazing girls, and at the same time represent the red, white and blue."

The tournament starts on 22 September at the Finca Cortesin in Andalusia, Spain, as the US look to dethrone reigning champions Europe.

It is the first of two huge events for the sport, with the Ryder Cup beginning on 29 September in Rome, but Lewis told BBC Sport that more could have been done to promote the game as a whole.

"I would have liked to see more collaboration between the men's and the women's games," she said.

"We have two weeks of team golf, of patriotism, of playing for your country in back-to-back weeks. We could have done more to try to promote it.

"This is two great weeks for golf in general. Not just women's golf, not just men's golf but golf - let's band together and have two great weeks of crazy, fun golf and promote it.

"We are never going to have this opportunity again when both events are in the same year. I wish more had been done, especially to get fans to watch ours first and go to see the guys play."