What is Solheim Cup? Get to Know About the Ryder Cup of Women’s Golf

Published 08/23/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Golf – AIG Women’s Open – Carnoustie, Scotland, Britain – August 20, 2021 Nelly Korda of the U.S. in action during the second round Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough


The Solheim Cup is a professional women’s golf tournament similar to the men’s Ryder Cup. Even in the Solheim Cup, golfers from Europe and the United States compete against each other for three days. They held the inaugural event of the Solheim Cup in 1990, and they play this event every alternate year. 

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Tam Europe is the defending champion of this event as they won the Solheim Cup in 2019 in Scotland. However, United States has won the cup the most times, with 10 wins, while Europe has 6. Moreover, The 2021 Solheim Cup is all set to begin on August 31. 

Format and qualification process for Solheim Cup 

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The format for Solheim Cup is similar to that of the Ryder Cup. The event is played for three days. With eight foursomes, eight four-balls played on days one and two. Furthermore, there are 12 singles on the final day. Moreover, this year the event will be played at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. 

Meanwhile, the qualification process is pretty straightforward. There are a total of 12 players on both teams. Few get qualified directly, while few through the captain’s pick. There is a points system with American players on the LPGA Tour receiving points for each top-twenty finish on Tour. Nine players get a direct qualification, while the remaining three will be done through the captain’s pick.   

Golf – AIG Women’s Open – Carnoustie, Scotland, Britain – August 21, 2021 Lexi Thompson of the U.S. reacts during the third round Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Moreover, for the European team, the top two players from LET and the top four from women’s world golf rankings qualify directly. And the captain will select the remaining three players based on the current form of the players. 

Furthermore, the team captains are most probably retired professional golfers with Solheim Cup playing experience. Currently, Pat Hurst is the captain for Team U.S., while Catriona Matthew is the skipper for Team Europe. 

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Team USA

  1. Nelly Jorda
  2. Danielle Kang
  3. Ally Ewing
  4. Lexi Thompson
  5. Austin Ernst
  6. Jessica Korda
  7. Megan Khang
  8. Lizette Salas
  9. Jennifer Kupcho
  10. Brittany Alt0mare
  11. Mina Haigae
  12. Yealimi Noh

Team Europe

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  1. Madelene Sagstrom
  2. Emily Kristine Pedersen
  3. Mel Reid
  4. Sophia Popov
  5. Anna Nordqvist
  6. Leona Maguire
  7. Nanna Koerstz Madsen
  8. Charley Hull
  9. Georgia Hall
  10. Carlota Ciganda
  11. Matilda Castren
  12. Celine Boutier
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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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