Solheim Cup

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Solheim Cup
Tournament information
Location 2015: St. Leon-Rot, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Established 1990
Course(s) 2015: Golf Club St. Leon-Rot
Par 2015: 72
Length 2015: 6,592 yards (6,028 m)
Tour(s) Ladies European Tour
Format Match play
Prize fund None
Month played September
Current champion
United States United States
2015 Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States. It is named after the Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer Karsten Solheim, who was a driving force behind its creation.

The inaugural Cup was held in 1990, and the event was staged in even number years until 2002, alternating years with the Ryder Cup (the equivalent men's event). As part of the general reshuffling of team golf events after the one-year postponement of the 2001 Ryder Cup following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Solheim Cup switched to odd numbered years beginning in 2003.

The current holders are the U.S. who won at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Baden-Württemberg, Germany on 20 September, 2015.


The cup is played over three days. Since 2002, there have been 28 matches—eight foursomes, eight four-balls and 12 singles on the final day. This is the same format as the Ryder Cup. Before 1996, and also in 2000, the Solheim Cup used a similar, but abbreviated format.

Team qualification and selection

The U.S. team is selected by a points system, with American players on the LPGA Tour receiving points for each top-twenty finish on tour.[1] Through the 2013 event, U.S. citizens born outside the country were ineligible for consideration; beginning in 2015, eligibility for Team USA was expanded to include many more categories of (female) U.S. citizens.[2] For the European team, up to 2005, seven players were selected on a points system based on results on the Ladies European Tour (LET). This allowed top European players who competed mainly on the LPGA Tour to be selected to ensure that the European team was competitive. Since 2007, only the top five players from the LET qualify and another four are selected on the basis of the Women's World Golf Rankings. This reflects the increasing dominance of the LPGA Tour, where almost all top European players spend most of their time.[3] In addition, each team has a number of "captain's picks", players chosen at the discretion of the team captains, regardless of their point standings, though in practice the captain's picks are often the next ranking players.


Team captains are typically recently retired professional golfers with Solheim Cup playing experience, chosen for their experience playing on previous Cup teams and for their ability to lead a team.


Year Venue Winning team Score USA captain Europe captain
2015 Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, Germany United States United States 14½–13½ Juli Inkster Sweden Carin Koch
2013 Colorado Golf Club, Colorado, USA Europe Europe 18–10 Meg Mallon Sweden Liselotte Neumann
2011 Killeen Castle Golf Resort, Ireland Europe Europe 15–13 Rosie Jones England Alison Nicholas
2009 Rich Harvest Farms, Illinois, USA United States United States 16–12 Beth Daniel England Alison Nicholas
2007 Halmstad GK, Sweden United States United States 16–12 Betsy King Sweden Helen Alfredsson
2005 Crooked Stick Golf Club, Indiana, USA United States United States 15½–12½ Nancy Lopez Sweden Catrin Nilsmark
2003 Barsebäck Golf & Country Club, Sweden Europe Europe 17½–10½ Patty Sheehan Sweden Catrin Nilsmark
2002 Interlachen Country Club, Minnesota, USA United States United States 15½–12½ Patty Sheehan Scotland Dale Reid
2000 Loch Lomond Golf Club, Scotland Europe Europe 14½–11½ Pat Bradley Scotland Dale Reid
1998 Muirfield Village, Ohio, USA United States United States 16–12 Judy Rankin Sweden Pia Nilsson
1996 St Pierre Golf & Country Club, Wales United States United States 17–11 Judy Rankin England Mickey Walker
1994 The Greenbrier, West Virginia, USA United States United States 13–7 JoAnne Carner England Mickey Walker
1992 Dalmahoy Country Club, Scotland Europe Europe 11½–6½ Kathy Whitworth England Mickey Walker
1990 Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Florida, USA United States United States 11½–4½ Kathy Whitworth England Mickey Walker

Of the 14 matches, the United States have won 9 and Europe have won 5.

Future venues

The Des Moines Golf and Country Club will host the Cup in 2017; it previously hosted the 1999 U.S. Senior Open.[4]

The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland will host the Cup in 2019; it previously hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup.[5] The event was last held in Scotland in 2000.


  • Most appearances on a team: 12
    ° Laura Davies (Eur), 1990–2011
  • Most points: 25
    ° Laura Davies (Eur) (22–18–6 record)
  • Most singles points won: 7
    ° Juli Inkster (USA) (6–1–2 record)
  • Most foursome points won: 11½
    ° Annika Sörenstam (Eur) (11–3–1 record)
  • Most fourball points won: 10½
    ° Laura Davies (Eur) (9–7–3 record)
    ° Cristie Kerr (USA) (10–5–1 record)
  • Top point percentage (Minimum of 3 Solheim Cup Matches)
    ° Janice Moodie (Eur) (7–2–2) 72.7%
    ° Carin Koch (Eur) (10–3–3) 71.9%
    ° Dottie Pepper (USA) (13–5–2) 70.0%
    ° Christina Kim (USA) (6–2–2) 70.0%
  • Most points in a single contest: 5
    ° Caroline Hedwall (Eur) 2013
  • Youngest player: 17 years, 149 days
    ° Charley Hull (Eur) 2013
  • Oldest player: 51 years, 91 days
    ° Juli Inkster (USA) 2011


See also

Notes and references

  1. "Points distribution for 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup Team qualifying" (PDF). LPGA Tour. Retrieved 2009-08-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. More specifically, the following groups of women will now be eligible: "Solheim eligibility criteria changing for U.S. team". Golf Channel. Retrieved 2013-08-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Solheim selection process changes". BBC Sport. 2006-04-18. Retrieved 2007-04-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Iowa awarded 2017 Solheim Cup". ESPN. Associated Press. 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-09-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in 2019 as Scotland wins bidding". BBC. 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2015-10-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. The Solheim Cup All-Time Records
  7. Solheim Cup Records
  8. The Solheim Cup - Match history & records

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