Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup is a biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers contested by teams representing Europe and the United States. It is named after the Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer Karsten Solheim, who was a driving force behind its creation.

The inaugural Cup was held in 1990, and the event was staged in even number years until 2002, alternating years with the Ryder Cup (the equivalent men's event between the USA and Europe). As part of the general reshuffling of team golf events consequent to the one-year postponement of the 2001 Ryder Cup due to 9/11, the Solheim Cup switched to odd numbered years from 2003.

The US team is selected by a points system, with American players on the LPGA Tour receiving points for each top-twenty finish on tour. For the European team, up to 2005, only seven players were selected on a points system based on results on the Ladies European Tour (LET). This allows top European players who compete mainly on the LPGA Tour to be selected to ensure that the European team is competitive. From 2007, only the top five players from the LET will qualify and another four will be selected on the basis of the Women's World Golf Rankings. This reflects the increasing dominance of the LPGA Tour, where almost all top European players spend most of their time. In addition, each team has a number of "captain's picks", players chosen at the discretion of the team captains, regardless of their point standings, though in practice the captain's picks are often the next ranking players.

Team captains are typically recently-retired professional golfers with Solheim Cup playing experience, chosen for their experience playing on previous Cup teams and for their ability to lead a team.

The cup is played over three days. Since 2002, there have been 28 matches—eight foursomes, eight four-balls and 12 singles on the final day. This is the same format as the Ryder Cup. Before 1996, and also in 2000, the Solheim Cup used a similar, but abbreviated format.

St Leon-Rot golf course in Germany will host the Solheim Cup in 2015. The club has previously hosted the European Tour's Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe.

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... Nilsmark played in the Solheim Cup in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000, sinking the winning putt in 1992 in Europe's first victory over the United States ... She was the victorious European Solheim Cup captain in 2003 in her native Sweden despite suffering from a serious back injury and the losing captain in the 2005 match ... She has been named Captain of The 2007 European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team ...
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... She was a member of the victorious European Solheim Cup Team, where she went 3-0 as a "rookie" and sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to win her ... Gustafson to win the inaugural TSN Ladies' World Cup of Golf ... including three runner-up finishes and was a captain's pick for the European Solheim Cup team ...
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Sophie Gustafson/Comments - Professional Career
... Telia Tour Finale and made her debut in the Solheim Cup, replacing the injured Trish Johnson at the last minute ... and partnered with Carin Koch to win the inaugural TSN Ladies World Cup Golf ... She also won 2 and a half out of a possible four points in Europe's Solheim Cup victory at Loch Lomond ...

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