The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States. It is named after the Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer Karsten Solheim (founded Karsten Manufacturing, better known as PING), who was a driving force behind its creation.
The inaugural Cup was held in 1990, and the event was staged in even number years until 2002, alternating years with the Ryder Cup (the equivalent men’s event). As part of the general reshuffling of team golf events after the one-year postponement of the 2001 Ryder Cup following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Solheim Cup switched to odd-numbered years beginning in 2003.
The current holders are Europe who won for the second successive time at Colorado Golf Club, Colorado, USA in 2013. The 2015 Solheim Cup being held at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Baden-Württemberg, Germany is in the books.
The format for the Solheim Cup is similar to the Ryder Cup, but abbreviated. The cup is played over three days. There have been 28 matches—eight alternate-shot foursomes, eight best ball matches, and 12 singles on the final day. This is an exciting format and allows for all the players to demonstrate they skill under varying conditions. (Wikipedia)
This link to the LPGA, is a great read and outlines the who’s who for this year’s Cup. Each team consists of 12 players who have earned their way onto the fun event.
The first matches are finished and the score is 2 – 2. The alternate shot matches were close, and Pete at White Dragon Golf gives a great overview of the mornings events! Here is the rest of the schedule for the weekend events!
The Solheim Cup is a great head to head battle for some of the best golfers in woman’s golf. Unfortunately, I will not be able to watch the USA and Europe do battle, but I will be following as the events unfold. Good luck to both teams! However, and more importantly, the real winners will be the golfing fans!
I am a grateful golfer!