Holders of the trophy since 2019, Team Europe will try to retain their title at the expense of Team USA in Toledo, Ohio, from Saturday 4 to Monday 6 September. Everything you need to know about the unmissable women’s golf event.
The Solheim Cup
The Solheim Cup is a biennial team competition between the best professional golfers in Europe and the United States. Created in 1990 by Karsten and Louise Solheim (founders of equipment manufacturer Ping), the Solheim Cup is contested in the same format as the men’s Ryder Cup.
Scheduled in even years from 1990 to 2002, it has been played in odd years since 2003. And therefore it takes place this year in the United States, at the Inverness Golf Club course in Toledo, Ohio, from Saturday 4 to Monday in September. 6.
This is the 17th edition of the Solheim Cup and Team Europe, who won the previous edition at Gleneagles (Scotland) in 2019, is defending its title.
The 18th edition will take place in Andalusia (Spain), in the Finca Cortesin field from September 18 to 24, 2023.
The European team has six Solheim Cup wins against ten successes for the American team. No tie has ever concluded a matchup.
The host nation has won twelve of the previous sixteen Solheim Cup meetings, with the United States winning seven of the previous eight events at home. The European team’s only victory in the United States came with a record eight-point victory in 2013.
The game of 2021
The format is well known: it is a match-play spread over three days. The competition includes eight foursome matches, eight four-ball matchups and twelve singles matches.
With a total of 28 points, it takes 14½ points to win the Cup and 14 points for the defending champion to retain the Cup.
Pat Hurst is the US team captain for the first time, while her European counterpart, Catriona Matthew, is the team captain for the second time. The vice-captains are Angela Stanford, Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis from the US side, Laura Davies, Catherine Imrie and Suzann Pettersen from the European side.
Nelly Korda, number 1 in the world and recent Olympic champion in Tokyo, leads the US team. who also has Lexi Thompson, Jennifer Kupcho, Lizette Salas or Brittany Altomare to win. The presence of the young Yealimi Noh (19 years old) in the group is noted for the first time.
The English Charley Hull and the Spanish Carlota Cignada, present for the fifth time, will lead the European team behind leader Anna Nordqvist (7th participation), recent winner of the AIG Women’s Open.
France’s Céline Boutier (27) is part of the Solheim Cup European team for the second time after being among the winning team in 2019.
The French Golf Channel will broadcast the entire Solheim Cup 2021 live and exclusively from Friday the 3rd (opening ceremony from 11:00 p.m. French time) until Monday the 6th, with more than thirty hours of live streaming. The commentary team consists of Joanna Klatten, Guenaëlle Longy, Manu Biston, Emmanuel Darfour, Hervé Marques, Cyrille Cormier, Florence Le Jacques and Arnaud Degarne.
• Friday, September 3 on Golf Channel at 11:00 p.m.: opening ceremony
• Saturday 4 on Golf Channel, from 1:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.: Foursomes and Fourballs
• Sunday 5 on Golf Channel from 1:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.: Foursomes and Fourballs
• Monday 6 on Golf Channel from 17:30 to 00:30: Singles
Apart from the competition, Golf Channel will also offer a daily meeting: the Solheim Club. A magazine dedicated entirely to the Solheim Cup that can be seen live at the beginning and at the end of each day of competition.