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Solheim Cup 2019

Solheim Cup 2019

The Solheim Cup is a golf tournament played by professional women that occurs biennially around August and September. The event is huge among golf fans and is set to be one of the biggest sporting events of 2019, so let’s find out more.

What Is The Solheim Cup?

As mentioned, the Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament that is played by professional women golf players. The event focuses on two teams; Europe and the United States as they battle it out to be named the champion of the sporting event. The teams consist of 12 players and the event follows the same format as the Ryder Cup, a similar golf event for men. The event features 28 matches of eight foursomes and eight fourballs over the first 12 days as well as 12 singles on the event’s final day.

The Solheim Cup 2019 will take place between September 9th and 15th, 2019, at the PGA Century Course at Gleneagles. According to the Solheim Cup website, the event will not only consist of the main competition but will also provide audience members with plenty of other entertainment, activity and fun.

How To Get Tickets

Anyone wanting to watch the competition must purchase tickets through the official Solheim website or through any of the Solheim Cup authorised tour operators such as Celtic Golf, Fairways Scotland, Golfbreaks, Premier Golf, Scotland Golftours, Sullivan and many others.

Solheim Cup 2019 tickets begin at £40 for adults on tournament days and adult season tickets at £120.  Family tickets cost £50 per day and around £120 for season tickets. Audience members can also purchase tickets for the Solheim Cup 2019’s opening ceremony which is set to be a huge day out for the family, but more on that later.

It’s worth noting that discounted Solheim Cup 2019 tickets are offered to students who present a valid student ID card, senior citizens aged 60 or over as well as disabled Armed Forces personnel who present an Armed Forces ID card. In addition, tickets for children aged under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult but customers are still required to apply for an online ticket.

Tickets to the Solheim Cup 2019 are issued as e-tickets and will be emailed to you on August 5th, 2019. You either have to print the tickets out or show them on your smartphone device to be accepted.

NOTE: You can purchase tickets at the door on event days but the price will be much higher than the tickets you can purchase online. 

Getting There

Gleneagles

As mentioned, the Solheim Cup 2019 is taking place at the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) Century Course at Gleneagles golf course. Visitors attending the event can travel by car and park at the limited number of on-site car parks available and users must purchase priority or family parking. It’s worth noting that during the event there will be temporary road changes and visitors are urged to follow local signage to the golf course and to not follow sat nav guidance.

Visitors can also travel to Edinburgh and Glasgow airports which are both under 50 miles away or an hour’s drive away from the golf course. In addition, the Gleneagles hotel can make arrangements for helicopter landings.

Visitors can also get to the golf course by train as Gleneagles train station is just a short walk away from the official golf course. ScotRail will provide an enhanced service for the event and official timetable information will be available six weeks before the event on ScotRail’s website.

Solheim Cup 2019 Dates

The Solheim Cup 2019 officially begins on Thursday, September 12 2019, with the Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony. The ceremony starts at midday and will run through to 8 PM. Following this, the competition will begin with two days of eight matches.

Friday, September 13th:

08:10 – 08:46: Four foursome matches
12:40 – 13:25: Four fourball matches

Saturday, September 14th:

08:10 – 08:46: Four foursome matches
12:40 – 13:25: Four fourball matches

Sunday, September 15th:

11:10 – 13:22: Twelve singles matches
18.00: The Solheim Cup 2019 Closing Ceremony

PING Juniors Solheim Cup

Ahead of the competition and the Opening Ceremony, visitors can catch the PING Junior Solheim Cup, an event for amateurs female golfers under the age of 18, taking place on Tuesday, September 10th, and Wednesday, September 11th. The Junior event is comprised of four foursomes and fourball matches on Tuesday and 12 singles matches on Wednesday.

The Players

The Solheim Cup 2019 is comprised of two teams; American and Europe. Each team consists of twelve players. The way players are selected for the event differs, take a look below to find out:

Team Europe

The 2019 Solheim Cup European Team’s 12 players are selected via three different methods which include the top three eligible players on the LET Solheim Cup Points Ranking, top five eligible players on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings and the top four eligible players selected by the team’s captain.

Solheim Cup 2019 - Past Winners

Currently, the first eight members of the European Team include Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz from Spain, Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist from Sweden, Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands, Charley Hull and Georgia Hull from England, and Caroline Masson from Germany. As mentioned, a further four players will be selected by the team’s captain but they have yet to be named.

Team USA

The players for Team USA are selected through a points system. At the time of writing, the top 12 USA players with the highest Solheim Cup Points are Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lizette Salas, Jessica Korda, Marina Alex, Megan Khang, Brittany Altomore, Ally McDonald, Cristie Kerr, Angel Yin and Stacy Lewis.

Past Winners

The Solheim Cup takes place biennially, meaning every two years. The Solheim Cup 2017 took place in Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa, the USA, and the USA team won. In 2015, the USA team won again at the Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Germany.

Europe bagged the two cups before that in 2013 at the Colorado Golf Club in Colorado, United States, and in 2011 at the Kileen Castle Golf Resort in Ireland. Fans of the event are eagerly awaiting to find out who will win this year’s cup, but we’ll have to wait and see to find out.

Opening Ceremony

As mentioned, the 2019 Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 12th. The event has been described as a “festival of fun and entertainment” and a “fitting celebration on the eve of one of the world’s greatest sporting events”.

The ceremony will feature live music from award-winning band Texas as well as family activities and celebrity spotting. You can also watch the official unveiling of the teams from team captains Catriona Matthew (Europe) and Juli Inkster (USA).

Gleneagles Hotel and Resort

Gleaneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel, Resort and Golf Course officially opened in June 1924. The hotel and venue was built by Donald Matheson, the General Manager of the Caledonian Railway Company, who came up with the idea after riding on a train through Scotland. Matheson wanted to construct a large country house hotel to provide accommodation to golf players and the general public.

The hotel contains 232 rooms, 26 of which are luxury suites. Each room has its own individual design and layout and the resort is home to four restaurants including Scotland’s Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles which was awarded two Michelin stars. The hotel also has several bars and public spaces and is home to three golf courses; the King’s, the Queen’s and the PGA Centenary.  Gleneagles Hotel also has two swimming pools, a large gym and a spa.

The Golf Course

The PGA Centenary Course opened in 1993 and become world-famous for hosting the 2014 Ryder Cup, the male equivalent of the Solheim Cup. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and uses a 72 par layout. It’s currently Scotland’s longest inland golf course, measuring at nearly 7,300 yards with 18 holes. There are five tee boxes and visitors are encouraged to make use of buggies to travel around the giant golf course.

Betting On The 2019 Solheim Cup

Like with so many other sporting events, you can bet on the 2019 Solheim Cup. Most betting sites, such as William Hill and Paddy Power, allows users to wager on which team they believe will win the event or whether they believe the event will end in a tie. Currently, gamblers cannot wager on individual matches, only the final outcome of the event but this may change as the 2019 Solheim Cup approaches.

If you’d like to wager on the 2019 Solheim Cup, we recommend you register at one of the UK’s leading online betting shops and shop around to see which site has is giving the offering the best odds. If you’re struggling to find a betting site to register at, you can read some of our sports betting reviews here.

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