Solheim Cup Winners and History
Played biennially since 1990, the Solheim Cup is a team golf competition between players representing Europe and the United States.
Players compete in 28 matches over three days: Eight Foursomes, eight Four-Balls and on the final day, 12 singles. The eight Foursomes are played Friday and Saturday morning. The eight Four-Balls are played on Friday and Saturday afternoon. One point is awarded for each match. A total of fourteen points are required to defend a title.
Click on the link for more on the Solheim Cup playing format: Foursomes, Four-Balls and Match Play.
The competition is named for Karsten Solheim, founder of Ping Golf, who agreed in 1990 to sponsor the event for twenty years.
The Solheim Cup alternates with the Ryder Cup, which features men’s teams from Europe and the United States. The Solheim competition originally was played in even years, but when the Ryder Cup was postponed for a year following the September 11 attacks, the Solheim Cup also was delayed and ended up being played on odd numbered years.
Each Solheim Cup team consists of twelve players. On the US side, ten players are selected via a points system; the remaining two are Captain’s Picks. For Europe, four players are selected via a points system, four on the basis of their Rolex Rankings and four via Captain’s Picks.
A few Random Solheim Cup records:
- The largest Solheim Cup margin of victory was Europe of the United States (18-10) in 2013.
- Laura Davies (Europe) holds the record for most appearances, with 12. She also holds the record of most points earned (25); most matches played (46), most matches won (22).
- The record for most team points scored belongs to Laura Davies and Alison Nicholas (Europe), with five. On the American side, Dottie Pepper and Brandie Burton hold the record with 4.5 points scored as a team.
- Julie Inkster holds the record for most points scored in singles competition at 7.
A list of Solheim Cup winners follows:
Solheim Cup Winners
|Year||Venue||Winning team||Score||USA captain||Europe captain|
|2019||Gleneagles, Scotland||Europ||14 1/2 - 13 1/2||Julie Inkster||Scotland Catriona Matthew|
|2017||Des Moines Golf and Country Club, Iowa, USA||United States||16 1/2–11 1/2||Juli Inkster||Sweden Annika Sörenstam|
|2015||Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, Germany||United States||14½–13½||Juli Inkster||Sweden Carin Koch|
|2013||Colorado Golf Club, Colorado, USA||Europe||18–10||Meg Mallon||Sweden Liselotte Neumann|
|2011||Killeen Castle Golf Resort, Ireland||Europe||15–13||Rosie Jones||England Alison Nicholas|
|2009||Rich Harvest Farms, Illinois, USA||United States||16–12||Beth Daniel||England Alison Nicholas|
|2007||Halmstad GK, Sweden||United States||16–12||Betsy King||Sweden Helen Alfredsson|
|2005||Crooked Stick Golf Club, Indiana, USA||United States||15½–12½||Nancy Lopez||Sweden Catrin Nilsmark|
|2003||Barsebäck Golf & Country Club, Sweden||Europe||17½–10½||Patty Sheehan||Sweden Catrin Nilsmark|
|2002||Interlachen Country Club, Minnesota, USA||United States||15½–12½||Patty Sheehan||Scotland Dale Reid|
|2000||Loch Lomond Golf Club, Scotland||Europe||14½–11½||Pat Bradley||Scotland Dale Reid|
|1998||Muirfield Village, Ohio, USA||United States||16–12||Judy Rankin||Sweden Pia Nilsson|
|1996||St Pierre Golf & Country Club, Wales||United States||17–11||Judy Rankin||England Mickey Walker|
|1994||The Greenbrier, West Virginia, USA||United States||13–7||JoAnne Carner||England Mickey Walker|
|1992||Dalmahoy Country Club, Scotland||Europe||11½–6½||Kathy Whitworth||England Mickey Walker|
|1990||Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Florida, USA||United States||11½–4½||Kathy Whitworth||England Mickey Walker|