Inside the Ropes Solheim Cup


In the sporting world, the Solheim Cup is known as the biggest womens sporting event. Created in 1990 by Karsten and Louise Solheim, makers of PING golf equipment, this biennial match has created an international competition featuring the top European-born players from the Robe Di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET) and the top U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). The format of play will follow that of the Ryder Cup where players will have three days of matchplay competition based on a points systems with 28 total points available. The first day of competition showcases eight foursome matches, with eight four-ball matches the following day, and 12 single matches played on the final day.
The tournament will begin on September 9 and conclude on the 11th in Carmel, Indiana at the Crooked Stick Golf Course. Each team consists of 12 players. The U.S. has 10 players that qualified for the team by earning points for wins and top-20 finishes over a two-year period and two players selected by the captain. The European Team has seven players from the LET points standings and five players selected by the captain.
Nancy Lopez is captaining the U.S. Team that includes Cristie Kerr, Meg Mallon, Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones, Pat Hurst, Natalie Gulbis, Christina Kim, Paula Creamer, Michele Redman, Laura Diaz, Wendy Ward, and Beth Daniel. The European Team is captained by Catrin Nilsmark and includes Annika Sorenstam, Laura Davies, Ludivine Kreutz, Maria Hjorth, Iben Tinning, Trish Johnson, Gwladys Nocera, Carin Koch, Catriona Matthew, Suzann Petterson, Sophie Gustafson, and Karen Stupples.
The U.S. Team is looking to reclaim the Solheim Cup after losing to the Europeans in 2003 at Barseback Golf & Country Club in Malmo Sweden. Europe took 17 points to the U.S. 10 points in the competition.
Join The Golf Channel on September 9th through 11th as we broadcast from the tournament and bring you in-depth news and analysis on the most prestigious event in womens professional golf.
Airtimes are as follows on The Golf Channel:
Friday 9/99:00AM-5:00PM ET
Saturday 9/109:00AM-5:00PM ET
Sunday 9/119:00AM-4:00PM ET