US favorite to win 4th straight Solheim Cup

By BRIAN KEOGH | September 22, 2011 | 11:30 AM EDT

U.S. Solheim Cup player Michelle Wie, right, and Christina Kim, left, walk along the fairway during a practice round at Kileen Castle, Dunsany, Ireland, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

DUNSANY, Ireland (AP) — The Solheim Cup should be another rout for the Americans, according to the world rankings.

While the United States has seven players ranked in the top 20 compared to one for Europe, there is another statistic that could speak in the host's favor. The European players have won 12 tournaments between them this year, while the Americans only have three victories.

That gives European captain Alison Nicholas hope that her team can prevent a fourth straight victory for the U.S.

She said "we've got great strength in depth and it's a very strong European team."

American captain Rosie Jones also isn't taking anything for granted. Jones said "we haven't come here looking at rankings on paper."