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.

2017 Solheim Cup

  • Score: USA 10.5, Europe 5.5 (in progress)
  • When: Aug. 18-20
  • Site: Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Captains: USA - Juli Inkster; Europe - Annika Sorenstam

Team Members for the 2017 Solheim Cup

Lexi Thompson
Stacy Lewis
Gerina Piller
Cristie Kerr
Paula Creamer-x
Danielle Kang
Michelle Wie
Brittany Lang
Brittany Lincicome
Lizette Salas
Angel Yin*
Austin Ernst*
Georgia Hall, England
Florentyna Parker, England
Mel Reid, England
Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England
Carlota Ciganda, Spain
Catriona Matthew, Scotland-y
Charley Hull, England
Karine Icher, France
Anna Nordqvist*, Sweden
Caroline Masson*, Germany
Emily Kristine Pedersen*, Denmark
Madelene Sagstrom*, Sweden

*captain's pick; x-Creamer named as injury replacement for Jessica Korda; y-Matthew named as injury replacement for Suzann Pettersen

Day 1 Results

Friday Morning Foursomes

  • Mel Reid/Charley Hull, Europe, halved Lexi Thompson/Cristie Kerr, USA
  • Danielle Kang/Lizette Salas, USA, def. Carlota Ciganda/Caroline Masson, Europe, 1-up
  • Anna Nordqvist/Georgia Hall, Europe, def. Paula Creamer/Austin Ernst, USA, 3 and 1
  • Karine Icher/Catriona Matthew, Europe, def. Stacy Lewis/Gerina Piller, USA, 1-up

Friday Afternoon Fourballs

  • Michelle Wie/Danielle Kang, USA, def. Madelene Sagstrom/Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Europe, 3 and 1
  • Angel Yin/Lizette Salas, USA, def. Carlota Ciganda/Emily Kristine Pedersen, Europe, 6 and 5
  • Brittany Lincicome/Brittany Lang, USA, def.  Florentyna Parker/Caroline Masson, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Stacy Lewis/Gerina Piller, USA, def. Charley Hull/Georgia Hall, Europe, 2 and 1

Day 2 Results

Saturday Morning Foursomes

  • Cristie Kerr/Lexi Thompson, USA, def. Jodi Ewart Shadoff/Caroline Masson, Europe, 5 and 3
  • Paula Creamer/Austin Ernst, USA, def. Mel Reid/Emily Kristine Pedersen, Europe, 5 and 3
  • Anna Nordqvist/Georgia Hall, Europe, def. Stacy Lewis/Gerina Piller, USA, 2 and 1
  • Catriona Matthew/Karine Icher, Europe, def. Michelle Wie/Danielle Kang, USA, 2 and 1

Saturday Afternoon Fourballs

  • Brittany Lang/Brittany Lincicome, USA, def. Mel Reid/Carlota Ciganda, Europe, 2-up
  • Anna Nordqvist/Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Europe, def. Lizette Salas/Angel Yin, USA, 4 and 2
  • Paula Creamer/Austin Ernst, USA, def. Karine Icher/Madelene Sagstrom, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Cristie Kerr/Lexi Thompson, USA, def. Catriona Matthew/Georgia Hall, Europe, 4 and 2

Day 3 Pairings

Sunday Singles
(Team Europe player listed first)

  • Anna Nordqvist vs. Lexi Thompson
  • Georgia Hall vs. Paula Creamer
  • Mel Reid vs. Cristie Kerr
  • Catriona Matthew vs. Stacy Lewis
  • Karine Icher vs. Angel Yin
  • Caroline Masson vs. Michelle Wie
  • Jodi Ewart Shadoff vs. Lizette Salas
  • Charley Hull vs. Brittany Lang
  • Carlota Ciganda vs. Brittany Lincicome
  • Florentyna Parker vs. Gerina Piller
  • Madelene Sagstrom vs. Austin Ernst
  • Emily Kristine Pedersen vs. Danielle Kang

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

    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, Mag Mallon 5, Dottie Pepper 5, Laura Davies 5, Catriona Matthew 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

    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