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The pinnacle of women’s golf, the Solheim Cup, is joining All Square Golf.
The biennial Europe vs USA match-play tournament will have its own dedicated page so that our users can follow all the build-up and the latest news and views during the event itself. As well as score updates and live news, our Solheim Cup page will feature newsletters, competitions and up-to-the-minute social media updates to keep our users engaged with interactive content throughout the tournament.
From 9th – 15th September, the iconic venue of Gleneagles will host the competition which returns to Scotland, the ‘Home of Golf’, for the first time since 2000. One of the highlights of the 2019 sporting calendar, the Solheim Cup offers all the drama and excitement of its male counterpart – the Ryder Cup.
As the popularity of the women’s game continues to grow, the 16th edition of the contest is going to be bigger than ever. Around 100,000 spectators and a television audience of 600 million are expected to watch.
Some of the biggest names in women’s golf will feature, including American ‘super sisters’ Jessica and Nelly Korda and major champions Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson – currently the world number three.
This exciting partnership with the Solheim Cup further enhances All Square Golf’s reputation as the leading social network and marketplace designed exclusively for golfers. The main goal of the award-winning social platform is to make the world of golf more open and connected, and supporting the development and growth of women’s golf is a key aspect of this.
As the Solheim Cup returns to golf’s spiritual home of Scotland, visitors will be able to combine the excitement of the tournament with the opportunity to play at some of the world’s most iconic courses, within easy reach of Gleneagles. For the ultimate golfing pilgrimage, St Andrews, the birthplace of golf, is just an hour away.
Plus Gleneagles, where Europe sealed a thrilling Ryder Cup victory in 2014, has its own train station just an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, and so is easily accessible for golf fans across continental Europe.
The undulating par-72 layout of the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course, described by designer Jack Nicklaus as ‘the finest parcel of land in the world I’ve ever been given to work with’, will provide a variety of challenges for both sets of players and a dramatic battleground amid the rolling Perthshire hills.
Tickets and hospitality packages are on sale, and as well as the world class golf, fans will be able to enjoy an interactive events village, a host of activities for families, and kids aged 16 and under can get in for free!
The Solheim Cup is contested between two teams of 12 players over three days. It follows the same format as The Ryder Cup, with 28 matches – eight foursomes and eight fourballs over the first two days and 12 singles on the final day.
The USA are the defending champions, having beaten Europe 16.5 – 11.5 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa in 2017. The USA currently leads Europe 10 – 5 in overall victories.
Europe captain Catriona Matthew will announce her 12-strong team after the final qualifying event – the Ladies Scottish Open – which finishes on 11th August. USA captain Juli Inkster will also announce her team in the final weeks leading up to the event.
The Solheim Cup has regularly featured the biggest names in the history of the women’s game, such as Annika Sorenstam, Paula Creamer, Stacey Lewis and Michelle Wie. It has also produced iconic moments, such as former world number one Laura Davies almost single handedly guiding Europe to their first ever triumph in 1992 in Dalmahoy, Scotland.
Another milestone came in 2013, as Europe claimed their first win on American soil and first back-to-back triumphs. Caroline Hedwall broke new ground as she won all five of her matches to etch her name into Solheim Cup history.
The Cup is named after Karsten Solheim, who was the driving force behind its creation. The Norwegian immigrant to America, an engineer, didn’t take up golf until the age of 42. He revolutionised putter and iron design and eventually establishing equipment company PING.
A supporter of women’s golf and the LPGA, Solheim saw the rise in popularity of the Ryder Cup after Europe ended America’s long domination with victory in 1985. In 1990, he put his name and money behind the women’s version of the Ryder Cup. In five brief months, the Solheim Cup was staged for the first time in Lake Nona, Florida where the US romped home to victory.
The format of the event was initially an abbreviated version of the Ryder Cup, but since 2000 it follows the same format exactly.
Find out more information about the Solheim Cup and the purchase the tickets for the biggest event in Women’s Golf on the official web-site: www.solheimcup2019.com