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: Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lizette Salas, Jessica Korda, Megan Khang, Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Angel Yin, Annie Park, Morgan Pressel, Ally McDonald
  • 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

Day 1 Results

Foursomes

  • Morgan Pressel/Marina Alex, USA, halved with Carlota Ciganda/Bronte Law, Europe
  • Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier, Europe, def. Lexi Thompson/Brittany Altomare, USA, 2 and 1
  • Jessica Korda/Nelly Korda, USA, def. Caroline Masson/Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Europe, 6 and 4
  • Charley Hull/Azahara Munoz, Europe, def. Megan Khang/Annie Park, USA, 2 and 1

Fourball

  • Suzann Pettersen/Anne Van Dam, Europe, def. Danielle Kang/Lizette Salas, USA, 4 and 2
  • Ally McDonald/Angel Yin, USA, def. Anna Nordqvist/Caroline Hedwall, Europe, 7 and 5
  • Nelly Korda/Brittany Altomare, USA, halved with Charley Hull/Azahara Munoz, Europe
  • Jessica Korda/Lexi Thompson, USA, halved with Carlota Ciganda/Bronte Law, Europe

Day 2 Results

Foursomes

  • Morgan Pressel/Marina Alex, USA, def. Anna Nordqvist/Anne Van Dam, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier, Europe, def. Lizette Salas/Ally McDonald, USA, 3 and 2
  • Charley Hull/Azahara Munoz, Europe, def. Danielle Kang/Megan Khang, USA, 4 and 3
  • Jessica Korda/Nelly Korda, USA, def. Carlota Ciganda/Bronte Law, Europe, 6 and 5

Fourball

  • Brittany Altomare/Annie Park, USA, def. Suzann Pettersen/Anne Van Dam, Europe, 1-up
  • Lexi Thompson/Marina Alex, USA, halved with Jodi Ewart Shadoff/Caroline Masson, Europe
  • Georgia Hall/Celine Boutier, Europe, def. Ally McDonald/Angel Yin, USA, 2-up
  • Lizette Salas/Danielle Kang, USA, def. Carlota Ciganda/Azahara Munoz, Europe, 2 and 1

Day 3 Results

Singles

  • Carlota Ciganda, Europe, def. Danielle Kang, USA, 1-up
  • Nelly Korda, USA, def. Caroline Hedwall, 2-up
  • Georgia Hall, Europe, def. Lexi Thompson, USA, 2 and 1
  • Celine Boutier, Europe, def. Annie Park, USA, 2 and 1
  • Angel Yin, USA, def. Azahara Munoz, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Megan Khang, USA, halved with Charley Hull, Europe
  • Lizette Salas, USA, def. Anne Van Dam, Europe, 1-up
  • Jessica Korda, USA, def. Caroline Masson, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Brittany Altomare, USA, def. Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Europe, 5 and 4
  • Suzann Pettersen, Europe, def. Marina Alex, USA, 1-up
  • Bronte Law, Europe, def. Ally McDonald, USA, 2 and 1
  • Anna Nordqvist, Europe, def. Morgan Pressel, USA, 4 and 3

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

Year Europe USA
2019 Catriona Matthew Juli Inkster
2017 Annika Sorenstam Juli Inkster
2015 Carin Koch Juli Inkster
2013 Liselotte Neumann Meg Mallon
2011 Alison Nicholas Rosie Jones
2009 Alison Nicholas Beth Daniel
2007 Helen Alfredsson Betsy King
2005 Catrin Nilsmark Nancy Lopez
2003 Catrin Nilsmark Patty Sheehan
2002 Dale Reid Patty Sheehan
2000 Dale Reid Pat Bradley
1998 Pia Nilsson Judy Rankin
1996 Mickey Walker Judy Rankin
1994 Mickey Walker JoAnne Carner
1992 Mickey Walker Alice Miller
1990 Mickey Walker Kathy 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