The Solheim Cup has finally arrived. It is women’s golf answer to the Ryder Cup. In my opinion, it is every bit exciting.
The 2017 Solheim Cup will be hosted at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, Iowa, August 14 – 20, 2017.
The Solheim Cup is a biennial tournament contested by teams of 12 players representing Europe and the United States. The inaugural Solheim Cup was staged in 1990 and the golf club manufacturer Karsten Solheim was instrumental in its introduction and why it is called the Solheim Cup..
2017 will be the 15th match and of the 14 matches contested, the United States have won 9 and Europe have won 5. Solheim Cup
However, I think the LPGA should develop an event similar to the President’s Cup because Canadian Brooke Henderson deserves to play on the world stage, but that is a discussion for another day!
After 27 years, the Solheim Cup is starting to grow in popularity. It helps that last year there was a bit of controversy with a gimmie (sound familiar) and the USA Team staged a dramatic comeback on the final day!
The Solheim Cup Entering the final day of the 2015 Solheim Cup the European team lead 10-6. The Europeans only needed four points to retain the cup which left the Americans with their work cut out for them during the singles matches. On Sunday, the United States won eight of the dozen single matches to reclaim the Solheim Cup! Winning 14 1/2 – 13 ½, in a dramatic comeback, this was the first win for the American’s since 2009 at Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago, Illinois.
The Solheim Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The format is as follows:
- Day 1 (Friday): Four foursome (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and four fourball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session. A total of eight players from each team participate in each session.
- Day 2 (Saturday): Four foursome (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and four fourball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session. A total of eight players from each team participate in each session.
- Day 3 (Sunday): 12 singles matches. All 12 players from each team participate.
With a total of 28 points, 14½ points are required to win the Cup, and 14 points are required for the defending champion to retain the Cup. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes. If the score is even after 18 holes, each team earns one-half point. From Wikipedia.
I am not sure who is going to win or which player will dominate, but I do know that the top players in women’s golf will put on a show. They will provide the excitement and level of golf expected from the world’s best players.
Are you looking forward to this year’s Solheim Cup? If so, what will be the tipping point for the winning team?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer golf blog.