Solheim Cup

Follow Along with the Solheim Cup Competition

The Solheim Cup logo flies from a flagstick during the 2002 matches
The Solheim Cup logo flies from a flagstick during the 2002 matches. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The Solheim Cup is played every two years, and pits teams of professionals representing the United States and Europe, respectively (Americans members of the LPGA; Europeans members of the LET). The competition is contested at match play, ala the Ryder Cup.

2019 Solheim Cup

    2019 Team Rosters

    • Team USA: TBA
    • Team Europe: Carlota Ciganda, Anne Van Dam, Caroline Hedwall, Charley Hull, Georgia Hull, Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson, Anna Nordqvist, Celine Boutier, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Bronte Law, Suzann Pettersen

    2017 Solheim Cup

    • Final Score: USA 16.5, Europe 11.5
    • When: Aug. 18-20
    • Site: Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa
    • Captains: USA - Juli Inkster; Europe - Annika Sorenstam

    How Do Golfers Qualify for the Solheim Cup?

    Players for each side are selected thusly:

    • Europe: Team Europe starts by taking the Top 4 golfers on an LET points list (points awarded at LET tournaments and majors). Also automatically selected are the four highest-ranked Team Europe-eligible golfers in the Rolex Rankings not already on the team. After that, the European captain adds four captain's picks.
    • USA: Team USA also maintains a points list over a 2-year period, with the Solheim Cup year weighted more heavily. The Top 8 players on that list are automatic qualifiers. They are joined by the two highest-ranked Americans in the world rankings not already on the team. And the Team USA captain then adds two wildcard picks.

      What Is the Solheim Cup Format?

      The Solheim Cup format is identical to that of the Ryder Cup: There are three days of play and 28 points at stake. Here is the daily breakdown:

      • Day 1: Four foursomes matches and four fourball matches (four players per side sit out each session)
      • Day 2: Four foursomes matches and four fourball matches (four players per side sit out each session)
      • Day 3: 12 singles matches (all team members play)

      What happens if it ends in a tie? If the Solheim Cup is halved, 14-14, the team holding the cup entering that year's tournament retains it. The challenging team must earn 14.5 points to win back the cup; the holding team must earn 14 to retain it.

      Past Results at the Solheim Cup

      • 2017: USA 16.5, Europe 11.5
      • 2015: USA 14.5, Europe 13.5
      • 2013: Europe 18, USA 10
      • 2011: Europe 15, USA 13
      • 2009: USA 16, Europe 12
      • 2007: USA 16, Europe 12
      • 2005: USA 15.5, Europe 12.5
      • 2003: Europe 17.5, USA 10.5
      • 2002: USA 15.5, Europe 12.5
      • 2000: Europe 14.5, USA 11.5
      • 1998: USA 16, Europe 12
      • 1996: USA 17, Europe 11
      • 1994: USA 13, Europe 7
      • 1992: Europe 11.5, U.S. 6.5
      • 1990: USA 11.5, Europe 4.5

      Solheim Cup Records

      • Most appearances as a player: Laura Davies 12, Juli Inkster 9
      • Most matches played: Laura Davies 46, Cristie Kerr 38
      • Most matches won: Annika Sorenstam 22, Laura Davies 22
      • Most points won: Laura Davies 25, Annika Sorenstam 24
      • Most matches lost: Laura Davies 18, Helen Alfredsson 15
      • Most singles wins: Juli Inkster 6, Catriona Matthew 6, Mag Mallon 5, Dottie Pepper 5, Laura Davies 5
      • Most singles losses: Trish Johnson 7, Laura Davies 5
      • Youngest to play: Charley Hull (2013), 17 years, 4 months old
      • Oldest to play: Juli Inkster (2011), 51 years, 2 months old

      List of Solheim Cup Team Captains

      2019Catriona MatthewJuli Inkster
      2017Annika SorenstamJuli Inkster
      2015Carin KochJuli Inkster
      2013Liselotte NeumannMeg Mallon
      2011Alison NicholasRosie Jones
      2009Alison NicholasBeth Daniel
      2007Helen AlfredssonBetsy King
      2005Catrin NilsmarkNancy Lopez
      2003Catrin NilsmarkPatty Sheehan
      2002Dale ReidPatty Sheehan
      2000Dale ReidPat Bradley
      1998Pia NilssonJudy Rankin
      1996Mickey WalkerJudy Rankin
      1994Mickey WalkerJoAnne Carner
      1992Mickey WalkerAlice Miller
      1990Mickey WalkerKathy Whitworth


      Future Sites

      • 2019: Gleneagles Golf Club, Perthshire, Scotland
      • 2021: Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio

      Namesake of the Solheim Cup

      The "Solheim" in "Solheim Cup" is Karsten Solheim, the founder of Ping. Solheim was one of the prime movers in establishing a Ryder Cup-style showcase for women golfers, agreeing to sponsor the inaugural competition in 1990 after the LET and LPGA held talks about getting it started.

      Solheim signed Ping up as sponsor, insisting on a 10-tournament (or 20-year) commitment. And the competition became known as the Solheim Cup.

      Match Play Primer

      The Solheim Cup employs foursomes, fourball and singles match play. Our Match Play Primer is an introduction to this type of play, and includes how to keep score, info on the most common formats, strategies and rules differences.

      Match Play Terms to Know