Solheim Cup 2021: Dates, Team Selection, and Ticket Info

Europe, United States Teams Battle in Ohio

Catriona Matthew of Scotland poses with the Solheim Cup as she is named as the 2021 European Solheim Cup Captain during the 2021 European Solheim Cup Captain Announcement at Gleneagles on November 14, 2019 in Auchterarder, Scotland.
Catriona Matthew is back to captain defending champ Team Europe in Solheim Cup 2021.

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Solheim Cup 2021 is the next edition of the USA vs. Europe golf match. It takes place every other year and features the best pro women golfers for each side. Since first being played in 1990, the Solheim Cup has grown into the biggest draw in women's golf in the years it is played.

The 2021 version will be the 17th time the competition is played. To date, Team USA leads with 10 wins to Europe's six. In 2019, it was Europe that claimed the victory. Suzann Pettersen sank the winning putt in a dramatic 14.5-13.5 decision.

Fast Facts: Solheim Cup 2021

  • Short Description: The best women golf professionals representing Team USA and Team Europe for three days of match play.
  • Key Players: Player selection takes place in mid-2021. Those expected to play include Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson, and Jessica Korda for Team USA; and Carlota Ciganda, Charley Hull, and Bronte Law for Europe.
  • Start Date: September 4, 2021
  • End Date: September 6, 2021
  • Location: Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio

The 2021 Solheim Cup has one new wrinkle: For the first time ever, it is scheduled to end on a Monday rather than a Sunday. That's because the first Monday in September is a federal holiday in the United States, Labor Day, and Sept. 6, 2021 will be the third and final day of the match.

The tournament is televised by the Golf Channel in the United States.

How to Get Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online, with early bird discounts available until September 2020.

Practice round (Tuesday-Friday) tickets are priced at $45 per day. Tickets for competition rounds (Saturday-Monday) are $75 per day. But those prices will go up after September 2020. The current weekly grounds pass price is $150.

Children ages 17 and under get in free for practice days. For competition days, junior tickets cost $20 for a single day or $50 for a weekly pass.

The Solheim Pavilion is a first-time option for the 2021 Cup. It gives ticket holders a 300-degree view of the surrounding holes, plus additional food and beverage options. Single-day tickets to the pavilion are not available; the weekly pass is priced at $350.

Team Selection

Each team consists of 12 golfers. Those golfers will be announced in the month prior to the Solheim Cup in 2021. In both cases, the teams are comprised of a mix of automatic qualifiers plus captain's selections.

For the United States, team selection is the top eight golfers from the LPGA Solheim Cup points list; the top two players from the Rolex Women's World Rankings not already in; plus two captain's picks.

For Europe, team selection is the top three eligible players on the LET Solheim Cup points list; the top five eligible players from the Rolex Women’s World Rankings; four captain's picks. (The point standings for Europe will be posted on the LET website.)

Team Captains

The team captains are Catriona Matthew for Europe and Pat Hurst for the United States. Hurst is a first-time captain, although she has served as an assistant captain multiple times. Matthew is reprising her role from 2019, when she led Team Europe to a 14.5-13.5 victory. If Europe wins again, Matthew will be the first European captain to post back-to-back Solheim Cup victories, or win multiple Cups.

Both captains have extensive histories as players in the Solheim Cup. Hurst played on Team USA in the Solheim Cups of 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2007. Her overall match record in the competition is 10-7-3.

Matthew represented Europe as a player nine times: 1998, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Her overall match record is 18-11-8.

About the Golf Course

The Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, has a long major championship pedigree. It has previously been the site of four U.S. Opens (1920, 1931, 1957, 1979), two PGA Championships (1986, 1993) and two U.S. Senior Opens (2003, 2011). The U.S. Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur and NCAA Championship have also taken place there.

Winners at Inverness include Ted Ray, Hale Irwin, Craig Stadler, Paul Azinger and Bruce Lietzke.

For the Solheim Cup, Inverness will be set up as a par-71 course playing to 6,434 yards. Inverness is a private club. Non-members can play only as the guests of a member.