Solheim Cup, from Boutier to Stark for Europe


Solheim Cup, from Boutier to Stark for Europe
Solheim Cup, from Boutier to Stark for Europe © Getty Images Sport - Gregory Shamus / Staff

Less than a month to go to the 18th edition of the Solheim Cup, the women's Ryder, scheduled from 22 to 24 September in Spain, on the course of the Finca Cortesin in Casares, near Malaga. Where the Europe team, in the challenge against the USA, will defend the trophy won in comeback two years ago in Ohio (United States).

The continental team, led by Suzann Pettersen, is complete. The stars of his team will be the French Celine Boutier, the Swedes Maja Stark, Linn Grant and Anna Nordqvist, the English Charley Hull and Georgia Hall, the Irish Leona Maguire and Carlota Ciganda, the only Spanish in the field, who conquered the pass through the qualifiers.

With the Norwegian Pettersen who defined the roster by assigning the four wild cards available to her respectively to the Scottish Gemma Dryburgh, the Danish Emily Kristine Pedersen and the Swedes (five in the field) Madelene Sagstrom and Caroline Hedwall.

There will be three debutants, with Stark and Grant also Dryburgh. "I am very satisfied with my team and I can't wait for the competition to start", satisfied Pettersen.

Solheim Cup, Europe team

Who is now waiting to meet her opponents, the Americans led by Stacy Lewis, called to redeem not only the 2021 but also the 2019 defeat at Gleneagles, Scotland.

Currently, the American projects that have already secured their place in the team are: Lilia Vu, Nelly Korda, Allisen Corpuz, Megan Khang, Jennifer Kupcho, Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson. On August 27, at the end of the CPKC Women's Open, the qualifications will conclude (two other players will qualify by right).

Then, Lewis will break the delay (she will complete the team with 3 wild cards) and it will be discovered whether, among others, Rose Zhang (turned professional a few months ago, but already among the big names in the discipline) will or will not be part of the USA.

The first competition took place in 1990 and was held every even year until 2002, with changing venues. After the change in the Ryder Cup calendar, the Solheim Cup changed to odd years from 2003 to avoid overlapping dates.

After the Ryder Cup 2020 was held in 2021 due to COVID-19, the competitions of the Solheim Cup will be held in even years again from 2024. The tournament was held alternately in the USA and in Europe. At the moment 17 Solheim Cups have already been played.

The US still holds the record with 10 wins versus Europe with 7 wins. In 2013, the European team celebrated their first win on American soil and also managed to defend their victory for the first time.