Solheim Cup 2019: Player profiles, course guide, format, TV information and more ahead of Europe v United States

The Solheim Cup gets under way this week
The Solheim Cup gets under way this week

Europe will attempt to regain the Solheim Cup when they take on the United States in the biennial contest and we have all the key details ahead of the big event.

Date, venue, TV information

Venue: PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles resort in Scotland

When: September 13-15

State of play: The United States are attempting to win the Solheim Cup for the third time in succession

Where to watch: Sky Sports

Format

The event itself follows a similar format to the Ryder Cup, with 28 matches taking place across eight fourballs and eight foursomes over the first two days, and 12 singles on the final day.

A total of 28 points are available so 14 1/2 points are required to win the Cup, with 14 points needed for the defending champions (USA) to retain it.

The teams

EUROPE

Team Europe's 2019 Solheim Cup squad
Team Europe's 2019 Solheim Cup squad

Captain: Catriona Matthew

AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS

Carlota Ciganda (Spain)

  • Age: 29
  • Caps: 3 (2013, 2015, 2017)
  • Record: Won 5 Lost 4 Halved 2

Europe's top ranked player secured her place thanks to a consistent campaign which produced seven top-10 finishes, including in the Evian Championship and AIG Women's British Open.

Georgia Hall (England)

  • Age: 23
  • Caps: 1 (2017)
  • Record: Won 2 Lost 3 Halved 0

Played all five matches on her debut in Des Moines two years ago and won a maiden major title the following year in the Women's British Open. Only top 10 of the season came in first event in January.

Charley Hull (England)

  • Age: 23
  • Caps: 3 (2013, 2015, 2017)
  • Record: Won 7 Lost 3 Halved 1

Made her debut in the contest as a 17-year-old wild card and has the highest winning percentage (68.18) of any member of the European side, despite claiming just one win from three matches in 2017.

Caroline Hedwall (Sweden)

  • Age: 30
  • Caps: 3 (2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Record: Won 8 Lost 4 Halved 1

Won seven of her first nine matches in the Solheim Cup, including five wins out of five in the victory in Colorado in 2013, where her singles win over Michelle Wie ensured Europe retained the trophy.

England's Georgia Hall will compete for Team Europe
England's Georgia Hall will compete for Team Europe

Caroline Masson (Germany)

  • Age: 30
  • Caps: 3 (2013, 2015, 2017)
  • Record: Won 3 Lost 6 Halved 2

Made the cut in all five major championships in 2019, saving the best til last with a tie for 11th in the Women's British Open at Woburn. Won two and a half points on her Solheim Cup debut in 2013 but just one and a half points from her last two appearances.

Azahara Munoz (Spain)

  • Age: 31
  • Caps: 3 (2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Record: Won 4 Lost 6 Halved 1

Missed out on a fourth straight appearance in 2017 as she struggled to deal with a thyroid problem which left her low on energy, but has enjoyed a consistent 2019 campaign which included four top-10 finishes in her first six events.

Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)

  • Age: 32
  • Caps: 5 (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
  • Record: Won 11 Lost 7 Halved 2

Experienced campaigner who went into the final qualifying event in Scotland just 0.01 points ahead of Celine Boutier in the standings, but made sure of her sixth appearance with a tie for 13th. Sent out first in the singles in both 2013 and 2017.

Anne Van Dam (Holland)

  • Age: 23
  • Caps: 0

The only rookie to qualify automatically, the big-hitting Van Dam has won four times on the Ladies European Tour since 2016 and made sure of her place in the side with a tie for sixth in the final event.

WILD CARDS

Celine Boutier (France)

  • Age: 25
  • Caps: 0

Narrowly missed out on an automatic place but was an obvious selection given her performances in the Women's US Open and Women's British Open, where she finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Suzann Pettersen (Norway)

  • Age: 38
  • Caps: 8 (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Record: Won 16 Lost 11 Halved 6

A debatable selection having played just twice - missing the cut both times - between November 2017 and the side being named. Was also the villain in a controversial incident in the 2015 defeat in Germany but has vast experience despite missing out two years ago through injury.

Bronte Law (England)

  • Age: 24
  • Caps: 0

Ineligible for automatic qualification due to not playing enough LET events, but won her maiden LPGA Tour title in May having lost out in a play-off in her previous start. Compiled a 5-0 record in the 2016 Curtis Cup.

Jodie Ewart Shadoff (England)

  • Age: 31
  • Caps: 2 (2013, 2017)
  • Record: Won 3 Lost 4 Halved 0

Started the season with three top 10s in her first four starts but withdrew from the Evian Championship with a back injury and underwent what was described as a "minor procedure" shortly before the team was announced.

USA

Team USA Captain Juli Inkster, left, and Team USA member Morgan Pressel
Team USA Captain Juli Inkster, left, and Team USA member Morgan Pressel

Captain: Juli Inkster

AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS

Marina Alex

  • Age: 29
  • Caps: 0

The debutant is short of team competition experience apart from her time at Vanderbilt University but earned her way on to the team thanks largely to her first LPGA Tour win in the Cambia Portland Classic in 2018, where she finished four shots ahead of runner-up Georgia Hall.

Brittany Altomare

  • Age: 28
  • Caps: 0

Secured the eighth and final berth via the US points list with seven top 10s during the qualifying period, including a runner-up finish at the 2017 Evian Championship. A member of the 2006 Junior Ryder Cup team.

Danielle Kang

  • Age: 26
  • Caps: 1
  • Record: Won 3 Lost 1 Halved 0

Made an impressive Solheim Cup debut in 2017, winning three points from her four matches, including a victory over Emily Pedersen in the final singles match, although the overall result had been decided by then.

Megan Khang

  • Age: 21
  • Caps: 0

One of five rookies in the team, Khang was undefeated in the 2015 Junior Solheim Cup in Germany as the United States won a hard-fought contest 13-11. Recorded two top 10s in majors in 2019.

Jessica Korda

  • Age: 26
  • Caps: 1
  • Record: Won 1 Lost 2 Halved 1

Returns to the Solheim Cup for the first time since her debut in 2013. Was set to compete in Des Moines in 2017 but was forced to withdraw due to injury and was replaced by Paula Creamer.

Jessica Korda is part of Team USA
Jessica Korda is part of Team USA

Nelly Korda

  • Age: 21
  • Caps: 0

Secured a debut in the event with victories in Taiwan and Australia in the last two seasons after narrowly missing out on a wild card in 2017. Joins her sister, Jessica, as the first pair of siblings to compete on the US Solheim Cup team.

Annie Park

  • Age: 24
  • Caps: 0

Another rookie with good experience in other team competitions, Park led her team at the University of Southern California to the school's third national championship in 2013 and was also a member of the winning Curtis Cup team the following year.

Lizette Salas

  • Age: 30
  • Caps: 3
  • Record: Won 4 Lost 4 Halved 2

Salas returns for her fourth consecutive Solheim Cup in excellent form having finished runner-up in the AIG Women's British Open and third in the CP Women's Open. Claimed three points in 2017, including the winning point in the singles.

Lexi Thompson

  • Age: 24
  • Caps: 3
  • Record: Won 5 Lost 2 Halved 4

Although just 24 years old Thompson is one of the veterans in the American side as she makes a fourth consecutive appearance, although she will need a new partner in Scotland as Cristie Kerr failed to make the team.

Angel Yin

  • Age: 20
  • Caps: 1
  • Record: Won 1 Lost 1 Halved 1

Given a captain's pick in 2017 and partnered Salas to a 6&5 win over Carlota Ciganda and Emily Pedersen in the opening day fourballs. Her half point against Karine Icher in the singles ensured that, as holders, the United States would retain the trophy.

WILD CARDS

Stacy Lewis

  • Age: 34
  • Caps: 4
  • Record: Won 5 Lost 10 Halved 1

Chosen for her experience due to the number of rookies who qualified automatically but does not have a great record in the contest and missed the second half of the 2018 season due to the birth of her first child.

Morgan Pressel

  • Age: 31
  • Caps: 5
  • Record: Won 10 Lost 7 Halved 2

Made her case for a wild card with four top 10s in 2019, including fourth place in the AIG Women's British Open. Has an excellent record in singles, winning four of her five matches to date.


Sky Bet Odds

Team USA are favourites to win the Solheim Cup once again at 8/13 while the hosts can be backed at 13/8 to reclaim the trophy.

A tie is available at 14/1.

Click here for a whole range of Sky Bet markets including team specials, top points scorers, correct match score and much more.

Course Guide

The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles is the venue for the 2019 Solheim Cup
The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles is the venue for the 2019 Solheim Cup

Four-time Ryder Cup team member Paul Casey's hole-by-hole guide

1st (Bracken Brae), 394 yards, par 4: The ideal tee shot is down the left-hand side of the fairway to set up an approach to a raised green. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few birdies here especially as the tee shot is slightly downhill. The bunker in front of the green is the place to avoid.

2nd (Wester Greenwells), 472 yards, par 5: The wind is usually off the right and it requires a well-struck tee shot to find the fairway and reach the green in two. When the pin is on the front the water is not much of an issue but the further back the pin is the narrower it gets and the more precise you have to be.

3rd (Schiehallion), 369, par 4: The wind is often howling into your face from the left and most players try to avoid the bunkers on the right-hand side. Therefore a lot of players miss the fairway left which is treacherous, you see a lot of lost balls. The green is also difficult to find and par will be a good score.

4th (Gowden Beastie), 187 yards, par 3: Anything on the putting surface is a very good shot. Long is a better place to be than short, the front left bunker is quite imposing when you stand on the tee and swallows up a lot of balls. You are unlikely to lose the hole with a three.

A view of the par 4, first hole on the PGA Centenary Course
A view of the par 4, first hole on the PGA Centenary Course

5th (Crookit Cratur), 386 yards, par 4: A very difficult tee shot visually because you don't see how much room you have on the right and favour the left, but you can then get blocked out by the trees. You want to hug the left-hand side if possible to avoid playing over the marsh down the right in front of the green.

6th (Mickle Skelp), 160 yards, par 3: A great little par three down the hill which does not play too long. Anything missing the narrow green to the right leaves a fast chip down the green. Players will be looking to make a birdie because a par might not be good enough.

7th (Larch Gait), 406 yards, par 4: The no-no here is the right-hand fairway bunker, but going with three wood to play short of it leaves a long second shot so I think most players will hit driver because the fairway is wide enough. Balls which just miss the green right should kick down off the bank, but left is a no-go area.

8th (Sidlin' Brows), 392 yards, par 4: With a favourable wind the longer players will take on the bunkers which creep in from the left-hand side. If you don't play it that way it can give you fits. Do you take a three wood and play right of the bunkers or a long iron to leave a longer approach? Any indecision will be costly.

9th (Crook o' Moss), 535 yards, par 5: The bunkers to the left of the fairway are incredibly deep and steep and will leave just a wedge out and an awfully long third shot. If you find the fairway I think you have to take on the green. You have all of Scotland to the left where you can bail out and spectators will have a great vantage point on the banks.

10th (Sleekit Howe), 160 yards, par 3: This is not a long hole but it can give you fits because the ball is hanging in the air for such a long time from the elevated tee. Neither bunker is a great place to be and club selection will be vital.

11th (Laich Burn), 326 yards, par 4: The tendency is to aim towards the green in the distance, but if you do that you can miss the fairway right. The green is incredibly narrow and the big disaster area is spinning it back down the hill and into the burn.

A view of the par 4, fifth hole on the PGA Centenary Course
A view of the par 4, fifth hole on the PGA Centenary Course

12th (Carn Mairg), 419 yards, par 4: Again, the key is to avoid the fairway bunkers, which is a big thing around this golf course. The three bunkers down the right are the ones to avoid and playing short of them leaves a long second shot. Bite off a lot with the tee shot and succeed and a birdie could be on the cards.

13th (Wimplin' Wyne) 440 yards, par 4: Playing short of the bunker in the fairway is not an option, it leaves you too far to go with your approach into a difficult green complex guarded by a nasty pot bunker on the front left. You have to take on the fairway bunker and the best drivers of the ball will be rewarded.

14th (Nebit Knowe) 232 yards, par 4: I'm a big fan of going for driveable par fours and hopefully it is set up so you can go for it. If not, it's a short iron off the tee and either way there will be a lot of birdies. A good hole to see the strategy, especially in fourballs. Does the first player knock it in the fairway and the second one go for it?

15th (Ochil Sicht) 404 yards, par 4: A well-struck tee shot with a touch of draw will bound down the hill but still leave a long shot to a long and narrow green, and the left-hand side falls away steeply to deep rough. In a match-play situation, being on the green in two first will be a big advantage.

16th (Lochan Loup) 490 yards, par 5: A good tee shot down the left-hand side is required to avoid the bunkers and set up a second shot to the green. The green has several ridges in it, making it difficult to get close. A great hole where matches can be won or turn around quickly.

17th (Ca' Canny) 179 yards, par 3: The bunkers are deep but you have to take dead aim at this flag as it is not difficult to gauge the distance with a drop of only a few yards down the hill. It will be interesting to see how pressure plays a part on what is normally a straightforward hole.

18th (Dun Roamin') 483 yards, par 5: A lot of holes are about getting the tee shot away or all about the approach, but here there is no let-up from start to finish. You will have to hit a good drive to get home in two and anything leaked right forces a lay-up, but your problems don't stop there. The green is heavily contoured and missing it leaves a difficult pitch, no matter where the pin is located.


Quotes

Europe captain Catriona Matthew
Europe captain Catriona Matthew

Europe captain Catriona Matthew: "I'm well aware that there were home victories the last two times it was held in Scotland. Hopefully that's going to be a lucky omen. No pressure!

"If we win, it will be right up there with my best days in golf, including winning the British Open 10 years ago. It's a great honour, but there's definitely going to be extra pressure."

Europe player & British Open winner Georgia Hall: "I think we've got a great team, I don't think there is one weak player in the team.

"There's a lot of different personalities, we all bring something different which I think is great and I think we'll have some really good pairings.

"I had an awesome experience on my debut two years ago. It was great to be part of that team and I learnt a lot as well. I managed to play well that week and hopefully I can do the same again this time, just with a different result."

"After you win a major you have a lot of expectations on yourself and maybe I put a little bit of pressure on myself at the start of the year," Hall added.

"I didn't have the start of the year I wanted but the last few weeks have seen two majors in a row and I started the defence of my British Open very well and played well at the Evian (Championship).

"I feel like I'm really playing well in this part of the year and I'm really looking forward to the Solheim.

"I've been playing really good golf. Some scores haven't kind of matched that, but I feel like I've been playing a lot better the second half of the season."

History

The Solheim Cup was first staged in Florida in 1990 and named after the driving force behind its inception – Karsten Solheim.

Solheim was a Norwegian-born American golf club designer and the founder of Karsten Manufacturing, a leading golf club maker that is better known by its brand name - PING.

He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001 posthumously following his death in February 2000.

In the 15 competitions through to 2017, the USA leads the series 10-5.

They are going for their third consecutive victory – something which they have managed twice already in the cup's short history (1994, 1996, 1998 and 2005, 2007, 2009) – and with an average WGR of 31 against Europe's 104 they arrive at Gleneagles the firm favourites.

Can Catriona rally her troops for what would be a surprising victory on home soil, or will USA continue to dominate?

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