The Solheim Cup
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 way players are selected for the event differs depending on the team, you can find out how players were selected for 2019 down below. 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 2019 Solheim Cup took place between September 9th and 15th, 2019, at the PGA Century Course at Gleneagles.
2021 Solheim Cup
The Solheim Cup 2021 will be held at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, in the United States. No further information has been provided, but check back soon!
PING Juniors Solheim Cup
Although the Solheim Cup has been officially announced for 2021, there has been no information on any future PING Juniors Solheim Cup games. With the main event due to take place in a year, it’s likely that the Juniors Cup will take place around the same time.
Betting On The Solheim Cup
Like with so many other sporting events, you can bet on the 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. Ahead of the event, gamblers cannot wager on individual matches, only the final outcome of the event but this may change as the 2021 Solheim Cup approaches and more details are revealed.
If you’d like to wager on the Solheim Cup, we suggest 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. Take a look below to discover some of the best betting sites that allow you to wager on the event or take a look at some of our sports betting reviews here.
2019 Solheim Cup
Solheim Cup 2019
The 2019 Solheim Cup began Thursday, September 12 2019, with the Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony. After the ceremony, the event consisted of eight matches across three days; Friday, September 13th, Saturday, September 14th, and Sunday, September 15th. The 2019 event was won by the European team and captain Catriona Matthew from Scotland. The final score of the event as 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.
PING Juniors Solheim Cup
Before the official Solheim Coup competition, the PING Junior Solheim Cup was held at the Gleneagles Hotel and Resort. The event, which involves amateur female golfers under the age of 18, taking place days before the main event. It kicked off on Tuesday, September 10th, and ran through to Wednesday, September 11th. The PING Junior Solheim Cup involved four foursomes and fourball matches on the Tuesday and 12 singles matches on the Wednesday. The United States won the competition with captain Mary Bea Porter-King at a score of 13 – 11.
The Opening Ceremony
The 2019 Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony took place on Thursday, September 12th. The event was 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 featured live music from award-winning band Texas, family activities, and the ability to watch the official unveiling of the teams from 2019 captains Catriona Matthew (Europe) and Juli Inkster (USA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watching The Event
Tickets to the 2021 Solheim Cup
Anyone wanting to watch the competition was required to purchase tickets through the official Solheim website or through the Solheim Cup authorised tour operators such as Celtic Golf, Fairways Scotland, Golfbreaks, Premier Golf, Scotland Golftours, Sullivan and many others.
The price of 2019 Solheim Cup tickets began at £40 for adults on tournament days and adult season tickets at £120. Family tickets were priced at £50 per day and around £120 for season tickets. Audience members could also purchase tickets for the Solheim Cup 2019’s opening ceremony which was described as a huge day out for the family, but more on that later.
It’s worth noting that discounted Solheim Cup 2019 tickets were offered to students who presented a valid student ID card, senior citizens aged 60 or over as well as disabled Armed Forces personnel who presented an Armed Forces ID card. In addition, tickets for children aged under 16 were free when accompanied by an adult but customers were still required to apply for an online ticket.
Tickets to the 2019 Solheim Cup were issued as e-tickets and were emailed to customers on August 5th, 2019. Customers were required to either print the ticket or show them on their smartphone device to be accepted.
The 2019 Solheim Cup took place at the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) Century Course at Gleneagles golf course. Visitors attending the event were encouraged to travel by car and park at the limited number of on-site car parks available. However, during the event, there were temporary road changes and visitors were urged to follow local signage to the golf course and avoid using sat nav guidance.
Many visitors travelled to Edinburgh and Glasgow airports which are both under 50 miles away from the venue or an hour’s drive away from the golf course. Visitors also managed to get to the golf course by train as Gleneagles train station is just a short walk away from the official golf course. ScotRail provided an enhanced service for the event and official timetable information was available six weeks before the event on ScotRail’s website.
For the 2021 ceremony, anyone wanting to watch the event would need to fly to Toledo in Ohio, the United States. This can prove to be very expensive for many fans of the event unless booked in early.
Gleneagles Hotel and Resort
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.
Questions & Answers (FAQ)
Who won the 2019 Solheim Cup?
Europe and Scottish captain Catriona Matthew won the 2019 Solheim Cup at the Gleneagles Hotel and Resort in Scotland. The final score between the two parties was 14 1/2 – 13 1/2.
Will there be a match in 2020?
No. As mentioned in our detailed page on the event, the Solheim Cup is held biennially which generally means every other year. The next event will take place in 2021 at the Inverness Club in Ohio, the United States.
Who were the Solheim Cup 2019 captains?
The Solheim Cup 2019 captains were Juli Inkster (USA) from California, and Catriona Matthew (Europe) from Scotland. The European team won the Solheim Cup 2019 event.
Can you bet on the Solheim Cup?
Of course, you can, it’s just like any other sports event. If you’re looking to wager on the event it’s important to register at a sportsbook offering these bets. Take a look at our detailed Solheim Cup page for more information.