The Solheim Cup is the continental competition between the best women golfers from Europe and the USA. Named after Karsten Solheim, the Solheim Cup is the women’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup. The tournament has been held every two years since 1990, alternating between the US and European continents. Due to the postponement of the Ryder Cup in 2001, the Solheim Cup has been held in odd-numbered years since 2003. However, only until 2023, from 2024 the Solheim Cup will again be played in even years.
After the Solheim Cup 2021 was held at the Inverness Club in Tolede, Ohio, the continental comparison will be held on European soil again this year. From 22 to 24 September, the competition will take place at the Finca Cortesin Golf Club in Casares, Spain. Team Europe now wants to defend their titles from 2019 and 2021 once again on European soil. In Inverness Club, the Europeans had narrowly won in 2021 in a highly exciting duel with 15:13 points.
|Solheim Cup 2023|
|Date||22.09. – 24.09.2023|
|Ort||Finca Cortesin Golf&Country Club, Casares, Spain|
|Field||Team USA vs. Team Europa|
|Format||Matchplay (Fourball / Foursome / Single Matches)|
The Rules and Forms of Play of the Solheim Cup
The Solheim Cup is played over three days and in the same mode as the Ryder Cup. There are a total of 28 match play games: eight foursomes (classic foursomes) and eight fourballs on the first two days, and twelve singles on the final day.
In the foursomes, two golfers from each team play together, with the players taking turns to play the same ball. In contrast, in fourball play, where teams of two are also formed, each player has her own ball. The better score of the two players is taken into account, so that only one score from each team is taken into the scoring on each hole.
In the singles, one American and one European player compete directly against each other. They each play with their own ball. In all matches, the party that wins the majority of the maximum 18 holes wins.
A total of 28 points are awarded for the 28 matches. One point is awarded to the winner of a match, and in the event of a draw, half a point is awarded to each team. The defending champions need 14 points for the overall victory, while the other team must have 14.5 points on their account to win the Solheim Cup.
Solheim Cup 2023: The Teams
The two teams are each composed of twelve players. For Team Europe, four players qualify via the World Ranking, four via the LET Solheim Cup Ranking and four are selected by the captain. For the Amerikanner women, eight players qualify via the Solheim Cup points list, two via the Rolex Ranking and two more are named by the captain. Captain for the USA is Stacy Lewis, Europe is led by Suzann Pettersen. It is already clear that Pettersen will also be the European captain at the 2024 Solheim Cup in the USA.
|Team Europa||Team USA|
|Suzann Pettersen (Captain)||Stacy Lewis (Captain)|
|Celine Boutier||Allisen Corpuz|
|Maja Stark||Ally Ewing|
|Charley Hull||Danielle Kang|
|Georgia Hall||Megan Khang|
|Leona Maguire||Nelly Korda|
|Linn Grant||Cheyenne Knight|
|Anna Nordqvist||Jennifer Kupcho|
|Carlota Ciganda||Andrea Lee|
|Caroline Hedwall||Lexi Thompson|
|Emily Kristine Pedersen||Lilia Vu|
|Madelene Sagström||Angel Yin|
|Gemma Dryburgh||Rose Zhang|