The Solheim Cup, regarded as the Ryder Cup for women, has resulted in a draw, leaving Europe to retain their championship title. The event, which was now on its 18th edition, has never ended in a tie before. The competition in Caseres, Spain, ended in a 14-14 score, with the trophy staying in the hands of the defending champions.
Spanish local, Carlota Ciganda, claimed the decisive point, beating Nelly Korda by 2&1, also marking her fourth consecutive win, and distinguishing herself as the event's only standout player to achieve this feat this year.
Solheim Cup, results
"I love the Solheim Cup, I love Spain, and the cup stays where it belongs, in Europe," Ciganda expressed her joy after the game. Team Europe's Norwegian captain, Suzann Pettersen, who four years ago secured the winning putt as a player, lifted the trophy to celebrate their victory, marking the third consecutive win for Europe while the United States remains empty-handed since 2017.
As the Solheim Cup comes to a conclusion, the Ryder Cup, to be held in Rome from September 29th to October 1st, awaits, and the anticipation is high. The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament pitting professional women's teams from Europe and the US against each other, and is contested in the same format as the Ryder Cup.
The initiative for this competition came from Karsten Solheim, founder of the American brand PING, which manufactures golf items. The first tournament was held in 1990 and was then held in various locations on even-numbered years until 2002.
After the Ryder Cup calendar was modified, since 2003 it has been held on odd-numbered years to avoid date conflicts. The tournament is held over three days with a total of twenty-eight matches: eight foursomes, eight fourballs and twelve singles on the last day.
This is exactly the same as the Ryder. Each team has twelve participants.
For Team USA, players are selected based on a scoring system based on results on the LPGA Tour.