The Solheim Cup 2019 – Everything you need to know
The 16th staging of the Solheim Cup tees off this Friday from Gleneagles in Scotland. As the Americans look to secure their third three-peat, team Europe is armed and ready to take back the cup on home turf. Read on to find out all you need to know about this weekend’s action and where you can watch it.
The Solheim Cup follows the same format as the Ryder Cup. During the first two days of play you can expect four foursome and four four-ball matches. On the final day there will be 12 single matches to determine the winning team.
This time around the Americans head to Scotland with six rookies in their mix, while Team Europe has three. Interestingly, the Solheim Cup only features three of the top 15 players in the world this year, as seven are South Korean players and not eligible for the American/European Teams.
While Nelly and Jessica Korda aren’t the first sisters to play on the same Solheim Cup team, they could be the first to be paired in the event. A possibility they are both excited about.
“I don’t know what it’d be like to not play with Nelly,” Jessica told the LPGA.com earlier this month. “It’d be really awkward. We’re really excited to be paired together. There’s no one who knows my game better. I feel like we don’t run out of things to talk about, she can calm me down and I can calm her down. It’ll be the yin to the yang.”
One important member of the American Team who won’t be playing come Friday is Stacy Lewis who was one of Juli Inkster’s wild card picks. Lewis announced on Tuesday that she was pulling out of the Solheim Cup due to a back issue. She will be replaced by rookie Ally McDonald.
“Stacy is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever met," Inkster said on Tuesday. “I know this was an incredibly tough decision for her, but she also has the team’s best interests at heart. Stacy will stay with Team USA over the next week and will still be an incredible asset to our crew. But when I had to choose an alternate, I knew Ally would be able to step up for the challenge. She’s got a cool head but a fiery spirit. I know she’ll bring her best to Team USA.”
While the Americans have a strong team behind them as they go for a third straight win, Team Europe insist they’re up for the challenge. Captained by Scotland’s Catriona Matthews, the European ladies are ready to prove they have what it takes to reclaim the Cup at Gleneagles.
“The American team is incredibly good,” Europe’s vice-captain Laura Davies told reporters earlier this week. Before adding, “But I think home soil, possibly a bit chillier, that evens it out a bit and hopefully our girls will step on—because it will come down to Sunday afternoon; it always does. And I think we've got the right players that can step up and do the job under the most extreme pressure.”
You can watch the Solheim Cup live in SkySports this weekend or catch up on highlights on BBC Two Friday and Sunday night at 7 p.m. and BBC Four Saturday night at 7 p.m.