GLENEAGLES, Scotland — On Tuesday morning in Scotland, captain Juli Inkster announced that Stacy Lewis would not play for the U.S. Solheim Cup team. Lewis, who was named to the team by Inkster as a captain’s pick, is sidelined with a back injury that she said flared up the week prior to the competition. After making all attempts to manage the injury, Lewis was forced to make the decision to sit out what would have been her fifth Solheim Cup.
When Solheim Cup captains make the captain’s picks, they also each put in the name of an alternate. The alternates only become a factor if someone on the team cannot play. We saw this in 2017, when Jessica Korda’s forearm injury forced her to withdraw. She was replaced by Paula Creamer. This year, Inkster’s alternate pick was Ally McDonald. McDonald is onsite in Scotland, and now officially a member of the American team.
“Stacy is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever met,” Inkster said. “I know this was an incredibly tough decision for her, but she also has the team’s best interests at heart. Stacy will stay with Team USA over the next week and will still be an incredible asset to our crew. But when I had to choose an alternate, I knew Ally would be able to step up for the challenge. She’s got a cool head but a fiery spirit. I know she’ll bring her best to Team USA.”
This will be McDonald’s first Solheim Cup appearance. She graduated Mississippi State in 2015 and was a two-time First-Team All-American there. Currently, she’s playing her fourth season on the LPGA Tour. McDonald’s most notable finishes in 2019 were her T-6 in the ANA Inspiration, T-10 at the U.S. Women’s Open and her third-place finish at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.