Solheim Cup kicks off in Spain, Europe vs US



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Solheim Cup kicks off in Spain, Europe vs US
Solheim Cup kicks off in Spain, Europe vs US © Getty Images Sport - Gregory Shamus / Staff

Everything is set in Spain for the Solheim Cup. From September 22nd to 24th, on the Finca Cortesin course in Casares, near Malaga, the European team led by Norwegian Suzann Pettersen will be chasing their third consecutive victory (a feat never achieved before) in the competition, while the American team led by Stacy Lewis will be aiming for redemption.

This all-female event, preceding the Ryder Cup, is now in its 18th edition.

Solheim Cup, schedule

Europe, fueled by their impressive triumphs in Scotland in 2019 and in the USA in 2021, may only need a draw (as the defending team) to claim the trophy.

Currently, the balance is 10 victories for the United States to Europe's 7. The tournament follows the same format as the Ryder Cup: four foursome matches and four fourball matches on the first two days, and twelve singles matches on the third and final day.

The Solheim Cup, a prestigious tournament for skilled women golfers hailing from Europe and the United States, is a thrilling clash of talent that pays homage to the influential Karsten Solheim, a Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer.

Since its inception in 1990, this remarkable event was initially held every other year, aligning with the Ryder Cup, the male equivalent.

However, in an effort to adapt and enhance the landscape of team golf competitions, a strategic decision was made in 2003 to shift the Solheim Cup to odd numbered years.

Nevertheless, the unforeseen circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks led to a significant reorganization of golf events, including a one-year postponement of the 2001 Ryder Cup.

As a result, the Solheim Cup embarked on yet another transformation in 2020 due to the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking ahead, the Solheim Cup is set to reclaim its place in even numbered years starting from 2024.

Over the years, the United States teams have showcased their prowess, triumphing in the cup a remarkable 10 times.

Meanwhile, Europe has valiantly secured victory on seven occasions, each battle carried out with fierce determination. As of now, the esteemed title is held by Europe, who masterfully claimed their triumph at the illustrious Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, in the year 2021.